Los Angeles band Day Above Ground have faced considerable and perhaps deserved criticism for their latest song and music video Asian Girlz.
The video, which was released on 29th July and remains on the band’s official YouTube channel at the time of writing, shows the band trapped in a bird cage as model Levy Tran strips and dances around them. The song makes light of numerous Asian and female stereotypes, mentioning “slanted eyes”, “best nails in the city” and “tofu – all over you”.
The ensuing social media uproar has cost the band their gig at LA’s House of Blues, after the venue’s Facebook page became inundated with angry reactions.
The band tried to douse the fire by writing on the song’s YouTube page:
“WE ARE NOT RACIST, HAHA! I mean, look at our band, it’s multicultural!! The guy in the bow-tie, our cutie bass player, was born in Indonesia, and he steals the show!! Please don’t take this tongue-in-cheek tribute to some of the most gorgeous women on the planet too seriously!! You’ll ruin the fun of it all!! Thanks for watching, sincerely!!”
The band posted a statement stating they will pull the video within 48 hours, but also telling viewers to “just step back, take a breath, and relax”. So watch it now, while you still can.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)
Watch: Day Above Ground – Asian Girlz (Explicit)