LOS ANGELES (Aug. 2, 2013) — The LA band, Day Above Ground, has generated widespread criticism this week for its song “Asian Girlz.” The song not only perpetuates harmful stereotypes about Asian American women and our entire community, but it is extremely degrading to all women.
The band has issued a new statement in response to the outcry from our community, insisting that there is an “overwhelming misunderstanding” and telling the public to “just step back, take a breath, and relax.” Songs like this are insensitive and demeaning to Asian American women.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) urges Day Above Ground to officially apologize to the community and immediately remove their video.
The band says it will remove the video from YouTube in 48 hours. Why wait? Tell the band to remove their video today!
AAJC sent a letter to the band on Thursday, expressing our outrage about the song and the band’s continued promotion of the song. In summary, the letter states the following:
Although you have issued a statement that “’Asian Girlz’ was not written with any malicious, hateful, or hurtful intent,” the song, in effect, is malicious, hateful, and hurtful. Similarly, while you may actually “not promote or support racism or violence,” the song, in effect, promotes racism and violence caused by racism.
The opening verse is just the first of many that demean Asian American women and cast mockery on all Asian Americans. In particular, your association of these intentionally chosen words to an “Asian girl,” which is mentioned over 30 times throughout the song, perpetuates the notion of Asian American women as sexually servile and perpetually foreign. Asian American women have long confronted this stereotype and its consequences, which have been anything but innocuous or “endearing.” As just one example, the “happy endings” referenced in your song discounts the reality that many massage parlors employing Asian American women-precisely because of the perceptions embodied in your song-are centers of human trafficking and sexual slavery.
Ask Day Above Ground to publicly apologize for the release of both the song and video, remove both the song and video from its website and affiliated websites immediately, and discontinue further promotion and public performance of the song.
Act today! Contact the bandmates below and tell them to remove the video today.
Joe Anselm – [email protected]
Drew Drumm – [email protected]
Twitter – @DayAboveGround
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DayAboveGround