Japanese-American actor Gedde Watanabe, who does not speak Japanese, describes his audition for the role of Long Duk Dong — and the trick he used to win the part. He got into a relationship a month after we broke up on our anniversary, I believe in romance theoretically, but I don't feel it in the real world. In this case, Sixteen Candles ’ Long Duk Dong provides the racist comic relief as the Japanese foreign exchange student whose first appearance in the film is marked by a gong. Others are fantastic movies degraded because stereotypical characters such as Long Duk Dong from “Sixteen Candles” or Mr. Yunioshi from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” For a generation of Americans, the answer to that question is a name: Long Duk Dong. It's an odd animal.". LOL! Fa says the role played by Gedde Watanabe is "a horrifyingly racist portrayal" of an "oversexed, geeky, opposite-of-macho Asian man." Is RHONY The Most Sexually Liberal Franchise? The Asian foreign exchange student Long Duk Dong is essentially a caricature of negative Asian stereotypes. Discussion in 'Movie Alley' started by TaTa84, Jun 5, 2020. In the '80s, teenagers quoted Long Duk Dong endlessly. 'Net Famous. "I was making people laugh," he says. "But that one certainly did.". Watanabe says making Sixteen Candles was a great experience, but one that, in retrospect, he realizes he was "a bit naive" about. I know you've seen it many times here on LSA. Showing such a movie "without a clear intent to educate the public about its racist portrayal, smacks of racism itself," says her letter. Long Duk Dong is considered one of the most racist portrayals of a minority movie character of all time. "If you're being called Long Duk Dong," Wong explains, "you're comic relief amongst a sea of people unlike you. But he proceeds to have the night of his life: At the high-school dance, he finds romance, gets seriously drunk and ends up in a tree, hollering, "Oh, sexy girlfriend!". And even there, he was recognized — at a Wal-Mart — as Long Duk Dong. So, now that it’s the 21st century and all, NPR’s Web site has an article proposing the idea that—gasp—Gedde Watanabe’s character in Sixteen Candles, Long Duk Dong, might be a racist caricature that doesn’t actually represent every single Asian on Earth, ever.Fetch me the smelling salts, because I think I’ve fainted of surprise. So what. He's mystified by quiche; confronted with a fork and spoon, he uses them like chopsticks. So why do you like this movie? Long Duk Dong, played by Japanese-American actor Gedde Watanabe. 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Sixteen Candles (1984) follows the sixteenth birthday weekend of sophomore Samantha Baker and her crush on the popular senior Jake Ryan. But by far, the worst, most blatant racism in the film is the character (or caricature, really) of the offensively-named Long Duk Dong, a walking stereotype who's treated terribly. January 19, 2012. by Andrew Ti. Dumbo's lead crow is named after an infamous set of laws in the US that legalised segregation Universal Pictures' teen comedy Sixteen Candles has long been criticised for stereotyping Asians with its Long Duk Dong character. , Jan 8, 2021 at 9:30 PM Conversely, Roger Ebert defended him, writing that Gedde Watanabe "elevates his role from a potentially offensive stereotype to high comedy". Politics, thevintagevegan, Jan 8, 2021 at 9:31 PM They’re only following what they see. He barely speaks English, has a bizarre name that references male genitalia, and goes out of control once he is surrounded by American culture as seen … Rasputia: A Comic Type, or a Racial Stereotype? She's clearly not attracted to black men. 'Every Bad Stereotype,' Rolled Into One Character. In 1984, when Sixteen Candles came out, some Asian-American groups decried Long Duk Dong as stereotypical, racist and part of a long history of Hollywood's offensive depictions of Asian men. Trump permanently suspended from Twitter. The racism and sexism in Hughes’ movie is so over the top, I have to hope any teens watching it today would view it as a shocking, old-timey artifact. Acting like an idiot on TV only brings back waves of Long Duk Dong–related flashbacks. Would You Go To This Job Interview - Hiring Managers Chime In, My dad complains about gender roles but doesn't work. Film Clip: Sixteen Candles - Chinaman Long Duk Dong - The Scene - What's Happening Hotstuff comedy movie clip by John Hughes. Give it to someone the next time you're playing and watch how they struggle. Reality Tea-V, Foxy Brown, Jan 8, 2021 at 9:30 PM Geeks, jocks, cheerleaders, kids desperate to find an in with the popular crowd — they were the standard character set. I'm upset, The Disrespect! For one, a gong sounds every time his name is said. Racism. Some argue that Charlie Chan or Long Duk Dong have been the most damaging stereotypes to the Asian/-American community; however, I feel that the cheap "comic" relief provided by Mr. Yunioshi stands out as an extremely racist portrayal. "But probably most people know me as Long Duk Dong," he confesses, "which is still hard for me to say. William was the one person White people could point to and say, “See? From what I recall, most exchange students are hosted by families with similarly school aged children. The mark Long Duk Dong left was more of a stain: To some viewers, he represents one of the most offensive Asian stereotypes Hollywood ever gave America. Warner Bros faced a similar problem with … But allow me to explain. Yo, Is This Racist? The Love Guru (2008) Expand A California state court has shot down Khlozillas, Good American’s anti-SLAPP Motion... Kevin Harts has been in a Car Accident, Plane Crash, Boat Accident and Skiing accident. "I didn't realize how it was going to affect people.". As far as film actors go, many people mention John Cho. Gedde Watanabe's Long Duk Dong drew laughs — and fire from critics who decried the character as a racist caricature. It seems like Marjorie gon chase a bag that makes her happy and provides her what she wants and that’s what Lori is... BeenAround Long Duk Dong is a fictional character who appears in Sixteen Candles, a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film written and directed by John Hughes.Played by Japanese American actor Gedde Watanabe, the character is an Asian foreign exchange student and a supporting character in the film set at a US suburban high school.The character has been called an offensive stereotype of Asian people. For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’, Molly Ringwald Reflects John Hughes pics in MeToo: ‘Racist, Misogynistic – Deadline, (You must log in or sign up to reply here.). "In fact, I was working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and I was accosted a couple of times by a couple of women who were just really irate and angry.