I’ll just basically agree with everyone else by saying, lighten the hell up.
[sarcasm]I suppose in a perfect world the only people who will be allowed to be represented as less than ideal are 18-35 year old white males.[/sarcasm]
Face it, in this ad the Asian father is displaying a rather shallow criteria for judging mates for his daughter. The protective and intrusive father routine is a common punchline to various shows and movies which involve every race. The commercial isn’t trying to justify or condemn the attitude (and why should it), instead its trying to show the usefulness and features of its product in a memorable way. Unfortunately Asian people, just like every other race, are capable of being flawed. Those flaws are fair game for parody.
I’d make the same retort to the mention of the Raisin Bran Crunch commercial and the Taco Bell commercial. They are showing a group of friends comprised of multiple races. Instead of you race-baiters taking this as a positive thing, it showing colorblind representations of positive friendships where any character is equally available to teasing or praise, you focus on the fact that, gasp, the black guy is being teased!!! The problem isn’t with the ad, its with the people watching with a chip on their shoulder. Frequently what a person takes from a commercial or show has alot more to do with the viewer than with the presentation.
For those of you bashing these commercials, what was your reaction to the Budweiser commercial parodying the “Whazzzzup” guys. The commercial shows 2 or 3 white guys and one Indian guy acting extremely geeking and uncool answering the phone saying in a nasally, Ivy League voice “What is Up?”. It then shows the black guys on a couch watching the commercial in horror. The message you could take is black guys = cool, white guys = uncool. I am a white male, and I find the commercial funny. Does that mean that it isn’t using race as a punchline? Probably not, am I a traitor to my race for being able to poke fun at myself, I sure as hell don’t think so.
The point being, if you see hateful messages or propogation of negative stereotypes in the media, take a minute to look in the mirror before crucifying it. Its possible that you’re the one who’s got the prejudice, not the media. Of course the media is often retarded as well. Just try and take a step back before reacting, make sure its not a case of “not seeing the forest for the trees”.