We had a conversation about Logan Paul sometime last year. I honestly don’t remember what it was about, other than he did something racially insensitive against (or racist to) Asians, yet some Asian chick decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and dated him anyway. Asian chicks dating racist men who happen to be White? Noooo! Actually, we addressed it recently too. So when I first heard about the latest Logan Paul incident, I shrugged, since we’d already had that conversation. But then one of my Japanese teachers mentioned it. After that Japanese class, I went home and saw Yuta’s video (above). It’s actually much worse than I ever imagined. It also wasn’t just one video. Logan Paul has done lots of videos doing really terrible things in Japan, like dressing up as Pokemon and throwing balls at random people, making fun of people’s religion at a religious temple, and dropping fish on a random taxi. He was basically taking advantage of a passive culture and making peoples’ lives harder. You can see the video above.
I agree with everything Yuta says. There’s a cultural difference here where Japanese punish miscreants by silence or cultural queues, whereas Americans and Europeans (and maybe Shanghaiers) tend to be louder and more forceful. I was explaining to my Japanese teacher that White people often don’t act like that in White countries because they fear being punched by other White people or Black people. I hadn’t seen the temple shot during our conversation, but if a White person acted like that in a Catholic Church, he could expect to be physically restrained by a priest, a nun, or some large parishioner. Police in the U.S. don’t do this; they do this or this or this. (One of the things I miss about blogging is research. Man, American bodycam videos are the best! While I love Japanese culture, the Japanese ain’t got nothin’ on American police videos!)
As Yuta says, YouTube is complicit in all this. Why haven’t they taken down Logan Paul’s YouTube channel? It’s not like they haven’t deleted channels before, and they’ve usually done it for much less serious “violations.” For example, Colin Flaherty’s channel just got removed (he’s now on a site called minds.com). Colin’s focus is crimes committed by Black people and the way the media refuses to speak about it. Sometimes he’s over the top. But how many similar sites are committed to exposing crimes by White people and how the media refuses to address it? Why aren’t these sites taken down? Why is one acceptable while the other not? (For an excellent discussion by a Black YouTuber about Colin Flaherty’s expulsion from YouTube, see here.) And what about Eurasian Tiger? As a child of an WM/AF couple, Eurasian Tiger focused on racism by Asian women who married White men, something he knows better than most as a child of such a union, supported by his own personal experience. Why was his channel shut down (twice)? All Colin and Eurasian Tiger were doing was exercising free speech, providing commentary from their own homes, and YouTube shut them down. Meanwhile, YouTube does nothing against a channel where a White guy throws things at cars and moving bicycles driven by Asian men, makes fun of Asian peoples’ religions, and films and makes jokes over a dead body. They had that brouhaha about that White PUA idiot in Japan a couple years ago, and his channel is still up too. Why didn’t YouTube shut down the channel of a guy who sexual harasses women? Why doesn’t #metoo apply to Asian women in the YouTube world? Why the double standard?
My theory is that it has something to do with liberal Protected Minority/non-Protected Minority status. Black people have Protected Status in liberal circles. You can’t say anything that suggests Black people or other Protected Minorities take responsibility, unless you happen to be Black–check out David Carroll’s excellent channel. Therefore the White guy Colin Flaherty had to go, even if Colin has the rather rare distinction of having freed a Black man from prison through his journalism. WM/AF also has Protected Status, so they aren’t going to shut down the White PUA idiot in Japan who is trying to promote WM/AF, nor will they shut down a Eurasian man who says that AF/WM isn’t all peaches and cream. On the other hand, dead Asians have no Protected Status in liberal circles. Neither do Asian taxi drivers, Asian women at a temple who aren’t dating White men, or Asian men in general. Keep in mind that many liberals seem to be fine crapping on Asians; you can shit on Asians, you just can’t question the institution of WM/AF.
YouTube is one of my favorite sites. It’s just a shame that they’ve politicized it to the degree they have. I really think they should do more to make it open and free. It’s not really a conversation if only one side is given the opportunity to speak.
Addendum: I just searched YouTube for “Eurasian Tiger,” just to see where he’s gone. This came up:
Creators for CHANGE? Seriously? Jesus Christ, it not only looks like the same old crap that we’ve seen since I started blogging, but it looks like the same old crap that we’ve since since the 70’s before either me or Natalie was born. What a bunch of nonsense. To say that they’re working for CHANGE is not only inaccurate, it’s offensive. Hey, she even invited the Asian Playboy for a “balanced” approach. Apparently it’s okay to talk about WM/AF this way–focusing on the “hate” from Asian men, racism against Asian women dating White guys, the pathetic nature of dorky-looking Asian men, etc. If you adopt the “love is blind” mentality with respect to WM/AF, you get to join Logan Paul and the White PUA on the balcony. Join the group where members continue to Pin the Tail on the Asian male, sexually harass women, and throw objects at random Asian strangers. But if you speak from the heart and look deeper into it as Eurasian Tiger did, take off your apron and pack up your knives.
Seriously, we should question this. Why are certain notions…certain discussions…so taboo in our culture? How can we ever expect to fight racism when racism is selectively accepted by the world’s largest platforms? Why shouldn’t we be questioning this cultural norm? Donald Trump, save us! (That’s just a joke y’all. I still think Trump was the best candidate for race relations, and I like that he says what he’s thinking about race even if he’s shallower than a puddle, but no, I didn’t vote for him.)