Band Apologizes After 'Racist' 'Asian Girlz' Video Causes Uproar

4:14 PM PST 08/02/2013 by Valerie Reich, Aaron Couch
"Asian Girlz"

Days Above Ground was dropped from a House of Blues gig and says it plans on removing the video, which has come under fire for its Asian stereotypes.

The Los Angeles band Day Above Ground may want to consider hiding underground until the uproar over their new video "Asian Girlz" dies down.

The music video features the band trapped in a bird cage while Asian model Levy Tran strips down as the band sings about fried rice, "creamy yellow thighs," and "slanted eyes." The bandmembers all go on a date with an Asian girl and Tran eventually brings the guys into the bathtub with her, but not before more Asian stereotypes hit the screen.

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Since the band released the video July 29, it's been called racist by the likes of Gawker, The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, which dubbed it the most racist thing you'll see all day. A social media uproar cost the band a gig at L.A.'s House of Blues, after the venue's Facebook page was inundated with negative comments about the video and a Change.org petition was launched.

But it could soon be time to drop the pitchforks and torches. After the uproar, the band posted a statement on the video's YouTube page dismissing claims they are racist, and claiming they will pull the video within 48 hours.  

"But we'll leave it up until then to give anyone who cares a chance to see for themselves what it's really about before it disappears from our channel and website forever," the band wrote. "So just step back, take a breath, and relax."

Earlier, they tried to calm critics by posting: "WE ARE NOT RACIST, HAHA! I mean, look at our band, it’s multicultural!! The guy in the bow-tie, our cutie bass player, was born in Indonesia, and he steals the show!! Please don’t take this tongue-in-cheek tribute to some of the most gorgeous women on the planet too seriously!! You’ll ruin the fun of it all!! Thanks for watching, sincerely!!"

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Tran, the woman in the video, has taken to Twitter to apologize for her role in the video.

For now, the video can be seen here.

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