Densho's Nina Wallace published a smart response to the new Katy Perry-produced PSA in the Huffington Post:
“Don’t let history repeat itself,” implores a widely-shared and well-received PSA published by pop star Katy Perry last week. The film short, intended to raise awareness about the dangers of Islamophobia, opens with 89 year old Haru Kuromiya and her memories of being herded into a concentration camp during WWII–except that it doesn’t. Haru, as we learn halfway through the video, is in fact Pakistani actress Hina Khan.
I have a lot of questions about this video, but let’s start with the most obvious one. How, in 2017 (I know we’re only two weeks in, but still) did “fake Asian face” win out as the best and most effective way to deliver this message? It’s distracting at the very least and—yes, I’ll say it—yellowface at its worst.
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