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!