Powered by i.TV
October 25, 2014
TV's Best Video Clips - Updated Daily

Was 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' Funny or Racist on 'SNL'? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 17th 2011 1:15AM
Anna Faris, 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' - 'Saturday Night Live''Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) continued its streak of less-than-stellar episodes in this new season, though there were still a few memorable sketches in this week's installment with host Anna Faris.

Certainly one of the most potentially controversial was the 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' college-based talk show. It was a clear send-up of Japanese stereotypes, but it was also incredibly self-aware.

In fact, Jason Sudeikis was on hand seemingly just to tell us that this was a borderline-racist interpretation of a small sect of Japanese culture. Kind of makes you wonder if they put that character in there to minimize the chances of people being offended.

The send-ups were certainly funny, and a strong argument can be made for the fact that Sudeikis' character also pointed out that the two hosts were his worst students, making them even more obviously ignorant of Japanese culture. But were all these qualifications and explanations of the joke necessary for us to get it?

Were they concerned the bit was offensive because it was more offensive than funny? Did Sudeikis as the disgusted professor make it funny?

Our own Mike Ryan ranked it among 'The Good' on this week's 'SNL Scorecard.' What did you think?

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

19 Comments

Filter by:
ju2004ry

*Sigh*
If anyone finds this racist they're not getting the joke. They're making fun of the teens who are overly obsessed with anime and think it represents all of Japanese culture.

March 12 2012 at 9:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Niamhy

It's not racist, I guess, because that's how people act. And these weebs are no different to.. dunno, somone middle-class white kid pretending he's "from da hood". Or some guy who wears a kilt and plays bagpipes because he's obsessed with Scotland. I mean, it's not like there aren't people in the rest of the world who dress in blue jeans, eat Mcdonalds, drink coke, listen to Springsteen and say "have a nice day y'all" in a corny yankee/middle-eastern accent, is there ;)

Americans are like the British, we don't "do" other cultures well (hence our almost "foreign policy" to export ours to every country in the world). If there are kids out there who are obsessed with anime, who cares? Who are they hurting? Sure this sketch was cringeworthy, but no more cringeworthy that all the "Irish" people who line New York on St Patricks day in ridiculous costumes and drink green beer. You think they do that in Ireland? Are the Irish offended by your paddy-weeb?

The question should be "are Americans like this offensive to Japanese people?". Are they?

March 11 2012 at 3:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GerpMcDerp

I love how y'all are getting so worked up over this and getting mega-offended because it's taking pot shots at aficionados of J-Pop / J-Rock / Anime etc, but if SNL had chosen instead to lampoon furries, jugallos, LARPers, DnD gamers, MtG card tards or MMORPG-addicts, I doubt you guys would be in as much of an uproar, in fact I'd wager alot of you would be laughing right along with the SNL writers and hey, so would I because it's just a joke. And the reason it took them this long to finally get at this fandom is because 10 years ago it wasn't really all that visible to the public.

In the passage of time since then, there have been Japanese bands coming stateside for tours and festivals (and their ultra-dedicated fans shouting down and booing at the American opening acts), cheap and easily obtainable reprints of their CDs in American stores, magazines and blogs that cater to the english-speaking part of their fanbases, full page articles about bands like Dir en grey in magazines like Kerrang... c'mon, your cool little club wasn't gunna stay "underground" forever.

May as well go ahead and abandon ship for K-Pop, C-Pop or V-Pop or whatever else is the next azn flavor of the month until it too goes mainstream and starts having CDs available in Hot Topic where all the "unworthy outsiders" can snatch it up and "defile" it with their unwated liking of it (which they could never do as good as you anyhow because they don't know the intimate details of each of the band members, haven't been to 1000 lives in Japan and don't own every CD they've ever put out as nothing less than the uber l33t $40 import version.)

Also, thinking that using “otaku” in reference to yourself is better than saying “wapanese” is a bit like a gay person thinking that using “queer” in reference to themselves is better than saying “f*gg*t.” The term otaku actually doesn’t have the same positive connotations over there as folks back in the west seem to assume.

January 07 2012 at 7:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GerpMcDerp

I love how y'all are getting so worked up over this and getting mega-offended because it's taking pot shots at aficionados of J-Pop / J-Rock / Anime etc, but if SNL had chosen instead to lampoon furries, jugallos, LARPers, DnD gamers, MtG card tards or MMORPG-addicts, I doubt you guys would be in as much of an uproar, in fact I'd wager alot of you would be laughing right along with the SNL writers and hey, so would I because it's just a joke. And the reason it took them this long to finally get at this fandom is because 10 years ago it wasn't really all that visible to the public.

In the passage of time since then, there have been Japanese bands coming stateside for tours and festivals (and their ultra-dedicated fans shouting down and booing at the American opening acts), cheap and easily obtainable reprints of their CDs in American stores, magazines and blogs that cater to the english-speaking part of their fanbases, full page articles about bands like Dir en grey in magazines like Kerrang... c'mon, your cool little club wasn't gunna stay "underground" forever.

May as well go ahead and abandon ship for K-Pop, C-Pop or V-Pop or whatever else is the next azn flavor of the month until it too goes mainstream and starts having CDs available in Hot Topic where all the "unworthy outsiders" can snatch it up and "defile" it with their unwated liking of it (which they could never do as good as you anyhow because they don't know the intimate details of each of the band members, haven't been to 1000 lives in Japan and don't own every CD they've ever put out as nothing less than the uber l33t $40 import version.)

Also, thinking that using “otaku” in reference to yourself is better than saying “wapanese” is a bit like a gay person thinking that using “queer” in reference to themselves is better than saying “f*gg*t.” The term otaku actually doesn’t have the same positive connotations over there as folks back in the west seem to assume.

January 07 2012 at 7:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
whitejohnh

damn funny

January 03 2012 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashlee

i agree with clockworkmikan. i, too, study japanese in college and i can contest from first-hand experience that these people truly do exist. the sad part is, this isn't really even an exaggeration of how some individuals act.

December 14 2011 at 3:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ClockworkMikan

As a Japanese major I found this sketch hilarious, but also terrifyingly true to life. These are the people I have to tolerate in my classes. These people exist, and they really are this bad, and they deserve to be lampooned for their stupidity and they're asinine behavior. Their shallow, borderline racist comments in class show a lack of understanding of even the most basic fact that the Japanese people are just people like us.

November 09 2011 at 7:25 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
science sect.

It wasn't racist, it was making fun of fans who tend to get everything wrong. This article is stupid.

November 08 2011 at 2:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kim

this article is idiotic lol. this video is not making fun of japanese people, it's making fun of the "otakus" who only know of a narrow part of japanese culture (anime) who are known to be obnoxious, misinformed, loud, and sometimes annoying.

November 01 2011 at 10:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Yanzi

Spring before winter comes, whether or not we should choose and buy goods, don't wait good spring winter comes, in a hurry, the choose and buy of abnormality.
welcome to:
A discount of 55%. Cheap and fine. The global free shipping costs! Don't miss it!Accept wholesale!
===http://www.timberland-boots.org/
====http://www.piratebayshoes.com/
====http://www.stylevoila.com/

October 24 2011 at 2:30 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Follow Us

From Our Partners