Reader Love: Tucker Carlson, Cinema Seoul, and sex and the Asian male

Check out some of these great articles/blog posts for some worthwhile reading:

Take a music ride with Foxxi misQ

Being in the music scene for about a year now, the trio has been publicized as kind of an Asian Destiny’s Child. Check out their video for one of their earlier tracks Ultimate Girls.

Star Rising: Telly Leung and Rent

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It seems that not only are Asian-American males getting more play in television and movies these days, but also on Broadway too. Case in point is Telly Leung, a 27 year old actor who is playing the role of Angel in the hit musical Rent.

Some of the national shows that Telly has played in (including Rent):

RENT (Angel / Steve and Others)
WICKED – Chicago Shiz Co. (Boq)
PACIFIC OVERTURES (Boy, Oberserver, Sailor)
FLOWER DRUM SONG (Ensemble, Ta u/s

At the same time Telly is also working on a full length feature album for release on MoppTopp records. To learn more about Telly Leung visit his site.

Rudy Giuliani keeps on hiring racists

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After deciding to hire racist Arthur Ravenel, Jr. for his South Carolina Campaign Chair already noted in a previous blog post here, Rudy Giuliani has apparently decided to keep on hiring racists like Richard Stanek who has a history of racially charged remarks (to put it bluntly).

In 2004 he had to resign from his post as MN’s public safety commissioner because as noted in a deposition, he apparently liked to sling around racial slurs – you know – words like n*****.

While you hate to see people like this get attached to a presidential campaign in any form – if anything – at least it makes everyone else look that much better…

Just another reason to vote for anyone not named Rudy.

Where is that little old racist cop now?

If you remember this post from late August – When police officers get racist – and then post themselves on YouTube – you’ll also remember that the cop never actually got suspended but just got pushed over into desk duty.

Well she’s in the papers again – and you’ll be happy to know that she’s resigned amid controversy – but she still can’t believe people would call her racist because she was only trying to do some good.

Here’s her quote from a recent article:

“You try to do something you think is good for America […] and then someone turns around and they go to the lowest level and try to say you’re a racist,” Purtee said. “It was a shock, it never entered our minds.”

It never entered their minds that people would call them racist when they said everyone who wasn’t white was “filthy”?

Imagine that. 

Prince and Purple Rain voted Best Soundtrack

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Who knew that a guy who liked to show his naked butt in public and change his name to a symbol for a while would beat out four Londoners known as The Beatles for Best Soundtrack ever as voted on by Vanity Fair?

Man of color – sweet funky R&B heavy riff guitar OMG did he really do that color – beats out four hard rockin’ change the game it’s never been done like that before white dudes.

And Yoko.

Why Bai Ling is Film Cool and the rest of us are just her minions

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If you watch Penélope Cruz in any of Pedro Almodóvar’s films, or a movie like Belle Époque, you get a very different feel from her as an actress versus if you watch her in something like Vanilla Sky or Bandidas. This isn’t saying that there’s anything wrong with those movies, but in films like Volver and All About My Mother there is more depth, more added layers to not just the characters, but also in how Cruz portrays them and brings them to life on the screen. There’s a dichotomy between the two Cruz’s. If you only know her from her more American films, you may not realize the full depth of her skills as an actress and an artist.

The same can be said for Chinese actress Bai Ling, where in the states she is sometimes mostly known not for her film roles, but rather her outrageous dress, her spot on the reality show But Can They Sing, and getting cut out of Star Wars: Episode III which coincided with her posing for Playboy.

But just like Penélope Cruz is more than her American roles, there’s more to Bai Ling as well.

That’s a lot of hardware

Bai Ling hasn’t just been awarded one Best Supporting Actress Award – she’s won two – for her work in the segment Dumplings from the film Three… Extremes  at both the Golden Horse Film Festival and the Hong Kong Film Awards.  The U.S. National Board of Review also gave her the award for Female Breakthrough Performance for her role in the film Red Corner (which also garnered her a Female Discovery of the Year award).

Shanghai Baby and Shanghai Producer

In addition to acting in a plethora of movies, she also serves as the executive producer on one of her latest films Shanghai Baby

The Beautiful Country, The Crow, She Hate Me, Dumplings

When you’ve been in these movies – ultra cool movies – it says something about your work as an actress – past, present, and future. And with 45+ film and TV credits to her name she won’t be stopping anytime soon.

Is that network TV?

Wasn’t that Bai Ling on Lost? Network TV Lost? Multicultural it’s great to see another Asian face Lost? Just so there’s no confusion – that would be yes.

Because she’s not a docile-feet bound-her lips shut-bowing to the masses Asian woman

The bottom line is that Bai Ling does it her way. She doesn’t conform to any views of what people sometimes expect an award winning Asian actress to be; rather than just keep quiet and nod her head and comply – she does the exact opposite.

And is that any different from any of the other actresses out there? Didn’t Angelina Jolie wear a vile of blood around her neck, profess to be a nymphomaniac, and kiss her brother in a pseudo-sexual way? Wasn’t that Vanessa Williams who was involved in a nude photo scandal? Didn’t Marilyn Monroe have an affair with a U.S. President?

But aren’t they still deemed great actresses (or at least good ones)? Icons even?

Why is it that Asian women in the media seem to get held up to even higher standards than their non-Asian counterparts? Why can’t they be smart, flaky, trashy, demure, serious, introspective, self deprecating – anything they want to be – all at the same time, on and off the screen, and still be considered great actresses?

The answer is that they can – and they should.