After Logan Paul, two other YouTubers under fire for shocking racist "prank" in Japan
The Logan Paul controversy has meant that social media stars are under more scrutiny than ever, and Dan Rue and Nick Joseph seemed to have failed the test. Their months old video was dug up by some users and has them in hot water
In the wake of Logan Paul's insensitive video shot in Japan's infamous 'Suicide Forest' that had practically the entirety of social media up in arms, it's safe to say that content creators have to be very careful with the type of content that they upload in their channels.
YouTubers Dan Rue and Nick Joseph, known for their eccentric content, are the new targets of the pitchfork-wielding mob after users dug up one of their old videos and branded them as 'insensitive' and 'racist.'
The pair, who became popular after their catchphrase 'Oh no baby! What is you doing?' became a viral meme, had filmed themselves in the streets of Japan.
The video clip was posted on to their Twitter page this past September and shows them walking in the streets of a city in Japan. At the end of the clip, Nick instructs Dan to go grab a little kid from the family, and he proceeds to do so and run, with the mother giving chase. As he runs away, Nick can be heard shouting: "Jackie [Chan] will find you."
The video was posted with a racially insensitive caption of 'I found the girl from Rush Hour,' and features the pair appearing to openly mock the Japanese language. For the entire duration of the clip, Nick can be heard spewing out a random assortment of words in a mocking tone in what he thinks is the country's language, while Dan is walking the streets, gyrating his legs, and generally being a nuisance.
As it continues and spans to two black men, the caption reads 'Nigga, they got niggas in Japan?' adding that 'They must be looking for Mulan's fine ass' in reference to the popular Disney character. While this can be constituted as a joke, this arguably made them appear more racist.
The character was based on Chinese legend Hua Mulan and has no links to Japan whatsoever.
Hope you all kno this was staged with the family and the child is clearly laughing in the video.We had to edit her laugh out the end when we PRETENDED to take her. That’s all I’m saying have a blessed day. Don’t have time to argue it’s clearly a definitive conversation— DanRue (@DanRue_IG) 10 January 2018
The video has been branded by various quarters as 'disgusting' with the backlash getting so bad that Dan had to take to Twitter to try to calm things down. His statement read: "Hope you all kno this was staged with the family and the child is clearly laughing in the video."
"We had to edit her laugh out the end when we PRETENDED to take her. That’s all I’m saying have a blessed day. Don’t have time to argue it’s clearly a definitive conversation."
The non-apologetic tone did not help soothe the tension, with many users asking that the pair produce evidence that it was scripted and that both the parent and the child knew about the distasteful stunt before it happened.
i doubt he's intentionally making fun of it but it comes off like that. I think he wanted to get a similiar comedic effect as repeating basic spanish words and acting as if it made whole sentences . But i doubt he actually said any actual word of the language he was imitating— Comfy Brah (@ComfyBrah7) 10 January 2018
One user tried to defend the language used in the clip, tweeting: "I doubt he's intentionally making fun of it but it comes off like that. I think he wanted to get a similar comedic effect as repeating basic Spanish words and acting as if it made whole sentences. But I doubt he actually said any actual word of the language he was imitating."
As someone who is Asian, the way he was speaking and mocking the language was racist and disrespectful. Especially doing it in public in front of the very people he was poking fun at and using as a joke for view.— Ani-Mia (@AniMiaOfficial) 10 January 2018
But unsurprisingly, many took offense to Nick's commentary in the clip, with one user writing: "As someone who is Asian, the way he was speaking and mocking the language was racist and disrespectful. Especially doing it in public in front of the very people he was poking fun at and using as a joke for view."
Another viewer commented: "what is wrong with you, and the shit you do for your shitty sense of humor. and you think that racist accent stuff’s still funny? it’s 2018, stop living in an age where you think that’s ok," with an angry observer adding: "Can’t you imagine how much her mother was scared when u “pretended” to take her?"
Here are some of the angry reactions the video has gotten:
It's not funny at all, shame on you. Don't come to Japan again.— みうめ (@miumeuni) 10 January 2018
@twitter He is kidnapping. Please close and delete this account immediately.— Koichi Kawakami (@koichi_kawakami) 10 January 2018
the black logan paul— ᴴᴬᴷᴵᴹ (@seralif) 10 January 2018
You’re gonna get what you deserve. We, Japanese, never forgive you. Don’t insult us. You’ve crossed the line.— こうじ・脱原発・脱自虐史観・日本にアニマルポリスを・反ポリコレ (@kouz_good) 10 January 2018
Get out from Japan and never come back— MN (@singlemaltlion) 9 January 2018
When you unironically prove H&M right pic.twitter.com/5xaqtcamFD— Armando Belucci (@muhfeels21) 10 January 2018
The video in question:
lawwd Baby me and nick out here in JAPAN and you kno we gotta go LIVE and I found the girl from Rush Hour 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/J6mK8cVphC— DanRue (@DanRue_IG) 4 September 2017
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