Saturday, July 19, 2014
SATIRE: Pop Star's "I Love Rice Balls" Tweet Sparks Internet Outrage
Pop Star's "I Love Rice Balls" Tweet Sparks Internet Outrage
Racists want her to leave America. Anti-racists want her to stop appropriating Japanese culture.
Teen pop star Kitty "Katharine" Lovestar faces internet backlash after expressing her love of Japanese culture on Twitter.
Earlier this week, Lovestar, 19, posted a picture of herself eating Japanese rice balls with chopsticks while dressed in a kimono and wearing her blonde hair in a bun. The wall in the background of her photograph displayed a Sailor Moon poster.
"Finished making these rice balls. They are sweet. Better than apple pie," her tweet read.
Lovestar is a self-proclaimed "Japanophile" who claims to have had a sweet spot for Japanese culture ever since she was young.
In her spare time, when she's not busy recording her next album or touring the country performing her pop song hits, she loves to listen to Japanese pop music, eat sushi and pocky sticks, and watch anime, with her current favorite shows being "Kill la Kill" and "Lucky Star."
However, as the week progressed, Lovestar quickly discovered that others did not share her love of Japan.
The very next day after her tweet was posted, Fox News published a scathing op-ed piece accusing her of promoting anti-American sentiments: "Rice Balls Better Than Apple Pie? Does Lovestar Hate America?"
"We teach our children since birth that there is nothing more American than apple pie," the article read. "So how can a celebrity like Lovestar claim to love America when she places a higher regard on Japan? By promoting her pro-Japan message to her young impressionable fans, she undermines their view of America by claiming there are countries better than it, thus teaching them to hate their own country."
When Lovestar was linked to the article on Twitter, she denounced it, insisting she was an all-American girl, having been born in a small town within the Heartland with a father in the military.
"@FoxNews not cool. I heart America. My daddy got his Purple Heart fighting for it," she tweeted.
The next few days brought a flood of tweets denouncing Lovestar's alleged lack of patriotism with the hashtag #KittyHatesAmerica.
"@KittyLovestar if you love Japan so much, why don't you move there? #KittyHatesAmerica," wrote Twitter user ProudRedneck4Jesus.
"No rice balls 4 gooks taste better than Apple Pie! Murcia f yeah! #KittyHatesAmerica," wrote user RedBlackNBluePatriot.
However, on social media, Lovestar's opposition did not only come in the form of right-wing xenophobic racism. From the opposite end of the political spectrum, she was also attacked by left-wing social justice warriors.
The very same day after her tweet was posted, Salon published an op-ed by Internet social justice activist Suey Park, most infamous for her failed #CancelColbert campaign, who accused Lovestar of "cultural appropriation."
"Kitty Lovestar thinks she's so 'kawaii' with her kimono and Japanese hairstyle and love for rice balls and anime and all things Japan," Park wrote. "Well she isn't! She's just another privileged white girl who thinks she can appropriate non-white cultures for her own sake. Her tweet reveals that she views and treats Asians and their culture as nothing more than fashion accessories, and for that, she might as well swap her kimono for a pointy white hood."
When Lovestar replied directly to Park on Twitter by asking her how it would be any different if an Asian like her decided to photograph themselves eating chili while dressed in Western garb and a cowboy hat with a Clint Eastwood poster in the background, Park angrily replied "@Lovestar OMFG! That's totes different u stupid white supremacist bitch! STFU!" before promptly blocking her.
Throughout social media, other social justice activists expressed their disgust with Lovestar's cultural appropriation.
Andrew Ti, of the "Yo! Is This Racist?" Tumblr blog, was asked if Lovestar's picture was racist.
"Yo, if some wack white trailer trash turned pop star posing as an Asian doesn't constitute white supremacy, then I don't know what the f**k does," Ti replied.
Other "social justice warriors" expressed less vulgar, if not still aggressive, sentiments on Twitter.
"@KittyLovestar We are not fashion accessories. We are human beings. #culturalappropriation #racism," tweeted user SocialJusticeSamurai.
"@KittyLoverstar liek OMFG u r oppressing me with ur cultural appropriation bull**** plz stop," another user, AsianPride4ever, wrote.
Lovestar has since deleted her offending tweet and has since apologized for it.
This time I tackle two of the most annoying people on social media: racists and social justice warriors. If anything could possibly unite these two opposing factions together, it would be an American pop star tweeting about her love for Japanese rice balls.
This satirical article was inspired by the internet backlash that Avril Lavigne received from her “Hello Kitty” music video, which many a SJW decried as “racist” and “cultural appropriation.”