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(Glamour Magazine)   "Sixteen Candles" came out 30 years ago and the Asian community hasn't forgiven Gedde Watanabe yet   ( glamour.com) divider line
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2014-05-05 06:51:26 AM  
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2014-05-05 04:14:00 AM  
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2014-05-05 02:41:25 AM  
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I love the part when the guy asks Dong "Who's the U-boat commander?"
2014-05-05 02:46:57 PM  
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Li'l Robbie: They also apparently haven't forgiven Speed Racer (the live-action film, not the cartoon), nor have
they excused Jackie Chan, William Hung, any remake of "Godzilla", Toyota Camrys manufactured
in Kentucky, and the diner owner on "2 Broke Girls".

Chinese Laundry Owner Blasted For Reinforcing Negative Ethnic Stereotypes

SAN FRANCISCO-Second-generation Chinese-American laundry owner Raymond Chen is under heavy fire this week from Bay Area activists who call him "an insulting caricature that perpetuates long-outdated, grossly prejudiced images of Asian Americans."

"It's frightening to think that, in 1998, some of us still haven't moved beyond the century-old stereotype of Chinese people as laundrymen," said Abigail Huber-Henson, a University of California at Berkeley cultural-studies professor and director of the Race Action Project, the campus group spearheading the crusade against Chen. "This man is a degrading anachronism that has no place in a supposedly enlightened society like ours. To meet him is to be directly confronted with America's shameful history of racism."

Added Huber-Henson: "We should no more tolerate this than we would a Pakistani convenience-store owner or a Jewish lawyer."

An extensive anti-Chen public-awareness campaign, including petitions, rallies, and letters to city and state officials, has already reduced business at the embattled Chen Chinese Laundry by 40 percent. Chen, 33, said he is puzzled by the strong reaction to him and his business.

"I do not understand why all these people hate me," Chen told reporters. "I run a good laundry. My family has owned and operated this business for nearly 60 years. I grew up here in this neighborhood. We do dry cleaning, starching, pressing-everything you need, no problem. We have good prices and even do emergency rush jobs for only small additional fee. I have done nothing wrong."

The controversy is expected to heat up Friday, when hearings begin at San Francisco City Hall. The hearings, which are expected to last several weeks due to the long list of academics and activists who wish to speak out against Chen, will determine if his presence in the community can be prosecuted under local "hate crime" statutes. Chen's opponents argue that the launderer should be ruled a violation of San Francisco's anti-hate-speech municipal code, established in 1990 to guarantee persons of color a living environment free of "offensive and emotionally damaging racial language or imagery." If convicted, Chen could face fines of up to $20,000 and up to 15 months in prison, as well as mandatory attendance at anti-racism workshops.

"As long as Chen is allowed to continue this grotesque and derogatory display, we cannot consider the Bay Area a 'safe space' for Asian Americans," Huber-Henson said. "His cartoonish, insultingly narrow depiction of Asian Americans makes him, in effect, a cultural terrorist, wreaking untold damage to the self-esteem of millions of minority citizens. We demand that these people-who are human beings, just like you and me-be treated with the dignity they deserve."
2014-05-05 12:04:44 PM  
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rickythepenguin: either way she was raped.  in the second scenario she was probably scared or shamed.  she wakes up not knowing where she was or who Geek was.  she was probably fearful.

Possibly. Though going by that, you could argue Ted was raped too, as he has no recollection what happened. AND he's a minor. As a senior, she's likely 18.

So. They raped each other. QED.
2014-05-05 10:46:51 AM  
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I remember some random interview Hughes did where he was asked about Watanabe's supposed "regret" at playing Donger in such a stereotypical and offensive manner.  Hughes response was something along the lines of "I'm sorry Gedde feels that way.  I certainly didn't mean to offend him or his sensibilities.  I'm sure he'll stop cashing the checks one of these days."
2014-05-05 09:52:18 AM  
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Mr. Cat Poop: And we all know Planes Trains and Automobiles was a completely realistic view of holiday travel. All Hughes movies were an over the top, unrealistic view of life. That's what makes them great.

Hey, how do they know what a realistic view of life is?

2014-05-05 08:21:37 AM  
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HA! beat you by 2
2014-05-05 08:05:10 AM  
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No Such Agency: ["popular opinion penguin", as they say on Another Site]:

Sixteen Candles is utter crap.  Every good filmmaker has a few dogs* and it is definitely John Hughes'.  Racist and sexist even for its time, and generally not very funny.  It's hard to believe it's by the guy who made Harry Dean Stanton warm & fuzzy in "Pretty in Pink".

* except Kevin Smith, who made one good movie and has then jerked off into our faces for a few decades.

Oh my your poor sensibilities. Mabey you just shouldn't watch any movies lest you find yourself put off by something.
2014-05-05 07:11:12 AM  
1 vote:
No more yankee my wankee.
2014-05-05 04:40:21 AM  
1 vote:
I just watched Weird Science last night...it had probably been 20 years since I last saw it.  

My roommate had never seen it.  She was a bit sheltered...
2014-05-05 03:36:01 AM  
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2014-05-05 02:41:26 AM  
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Some of the elements of Sixteen Candles came from John Hughes' followup to Vacation '58 (it was what morphed into Vacation): Christmas '59

All Grandma and Grandpa Swenson had to do was carry their packages right into the kitchen from the garage, and they had help, too. His name was Xgung Wo, and he was this guy who went to college at Michigan State who spent a lot of time at my grandparents' house because he was from Thailand and was very lonely. Grandma Swenson invited him to come along to our fun old-fashioned family Christmas so that he wouldn't have to sit all by himself in his dormitory on a holiday and feel sad about World War II and how terrible it was to his family. Mom said she was delighted to have him, and she shook his hand and talked in her phony, "How do you do" voice.

"I'll sreep in your base-ments," Xgung Wo said, bowing to Mom.

"Don't be silly," Mom said. "You can sleep in Johnny's room."

That was bad news for me. Not only was he all grown up, but he had huge beaver teeth, glasses like my Grandpa's, and he buttoned his shirt all the way up to the top. He also had his sweater on backward and he wore red socks with sandals.

"Your grandma has tord me you are an exerrent base-a-bore pitcher," Xgung Wo said to me. "Maybe pray for Detroit Rions one day!"

Then he laughed in this hysterical, high-pitched, Woody Woodpecker voice and nodded his head and displayed his giant teeth.

"Huh? Huh? Huh?" he said, rubbing my head.
2014-05-05 02:35:34 AM  
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Lackofname: I may not be remembering this right, but didn't that movie basically end in date rape? The girl was drunk and had sex, didn't really remember it, but was SO HAPPY about it?

I think you might have confused this movie with Top Gun.
2014-05-04 09:34:22 PM  
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Some of the girls in this movie look like they've had 15 pap smears, as opposed to being age 15, like Sam's BFF Randy

According to IMDB the actress who played Randy was 19 when the movie came out.
2014-05-04 09:22:09 PM  
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