Recently, a video featuring UCLA student Alexandra Wallace went viral, not because she has an amazing singing voice or some other remarkable talent, but because she had some ignorant things to say about Asian students at the University.

After reminding her viewers that she’s “not the most politically correct person,” Wallace gave a few tips to Asian students on campus. She told them, “If you’re going to come to UCLA, then use American manners.” Which, based on her video, must mean to be rude and culturally insensitive to those around you.

And if you thought Wallace’s rant couldn’t get any worse, you were wrong. Her “observations” about Asian students in the library completely crossed the line.

“You know what they don’t also teach them? Is their manners. Which brings me to my next point: Hi. In America, we do not talk on our cell phones in the library! I swear, every five minutes I will be — OK, not five minutes, say like, 15 minutes — I’ll be like deep into my studying, into my political-science theories and arguments and all that stuff, getting it all down, like typing away furiously, blah blah blah… and then all of a sudden, when I’m about to like, reach an epiphany — over here from somewhere, ‘OHHH! CHING CHONG LING LONG TING TONG? OHHH!'”

Expectedly, once Wallace’s video went viral, people were rightly upset. Not only did Asian-American students and activists spring into action condemning this young woman for her ignorant comments, but many called for University officials to take action as well.

Once the negativity rained down on her, Ms. Wallace quickly began singing a new tune. Yesterday, she gave a statement to UCLA’s campus newspaper, The Daily Bruin, apologizing for her rant.

“Clearly the original video posted by me was inappropriate. I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would. I’d like to offer my apology to the entire UCLA campus. For those who cannot find it within them to accept my apology, I understand.”

Although Ms. Wallace may not know what “possessed” her to utter such ignorant remarks, I think I have one idea: This is how she truly felt. Luckily, others were around to call her out on her ignorance.

What do you think the University’s response should be to Alexandra Wallace’s video? Sound off!

 

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  • Jenn

    I’m kind of amazed at how many readers respond with “wow that fat cow is racist”. Because of course the appropriate response to racism is with fatphobia.

    She’s an ignorant fool, anyone can see that, but responding with “she’s a fat slut”….not productive.

  • Truth

    As someone who has worked at multiple libraries and continue to work at one with diverse populations, in addition to attending a large public university myself, I’m inclined to call this ignorant moron out for what she is. I’ve seen rude people talking on their phones in the library all the time and it’s something that EVERYBODY does, not just Asian students. She’s probably upset they’re kicking her behind in her poli sci class with ease and doesn’t know any other way to vent her frustrations. Ha! Just kidding, Clutch. I know better than to paint a single group of people with one broad stroke.

  • Jordan

    When Slim Thug, that Ethopian woman and others like them was talking crap about BW /BM I didn’t see any comments saying “oh what they did/say was sincere, what they say was not racist, how they imitate a black woman/man voice was funny, it was their opinion, etc”. When people and the media stereotype black people all hell breaks loose, but when it comes to other minorities some of you show no compassion.

    • chaz

      i don’t know what you are talking about. Im not the racist police so i’m not on the internet every 5 minutes looking for incidents and articles to comment on talking about how racist people are. All hell might break loose, but it doesnt for me. For what? It probably broke loose for the same people who are getting pissed about this. I understand the sentiment, but I’m just not one to get upset about things I cant change or about people’s opinions. I never commented on whether the young lady’s statements were racist or not, i said they were sincere and clearly they are. Do you not think she really meant them? Just like whatever Ethiopian person you’re talking about probably meant what she said.

      I’m officially done with this.

  • Alexandra

    I’m sure she says much worse behind close doors. Too bad she was dumb enough to record her ignorance.
    If only she was smart enough to take out the “Asian” part of her rant, she would sum up lots of Americans. Americans in general have a stereotype of being loud, obnoxious or selfish. But are there not nice, mannered Americans?

    Ohhh and the typical backtracking after being vilified.

    I’ve had a lot of bad experiences with Asians, but I don’t think all Asians are negative people. I’ve gone on rants (to myself/in my home) about people, hell even Black people. I even see it on here, but I know it’s wrong to group people.