All of us have had “one of those days” from time to time – you know the ones I’m talking about. Those days where we’re mad at the world, annoyed with a particular person and just want to scream our grievances to the world. But think twice before you post your grievances to YouTube. A UCLA student, stressed during finals week, is now suffering the consequences of a racist rant against Asians that she uploaded to YouTube over the weekend, showing just how important it is to think before you post. You never know what will go viral and come back to haunt you.
The original video was uploaded on Sunday afternoon and went viral within a matter of hours. When the girl who had uploaded the rant, apparently named Alexandra Wallace, discovered the implications of what she had done she was quick to take the video down, but it was too late. Copies of the video, as well as responses had already been uploaded to YouTube and, although some of the uploads were removed, flagged for “Hate Speech”, the damage was already done.
She begins the video with, “So we know that I’m not the most politically correct person, so don’t take this offensively…I don’t mean it towards any of my friends; I mean it towards random people that I don’t even know in the library,” and continues on to make remarks about the manners of “these hordes of Asian people that USLA accepts into our school every year.” Things get even worse when she brings the tsunami into it. If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out below.
Now, I would like to give this girl the benefit of the doubt. I’d like to hope that she doesn’t really feel this way and wasn’t thinking of the implications when she made this video, worked up after being disturbed while trying to study in the library. But seriously, this rant was a big, big mistake. I think a lot of people don’t consider the fact that viewers don’t know them personally and that their videos are the only side of them that they are seeing. I could be the kindest, sweetest person in the world, but if I upload one racist or offensive video to YouTube, it defines me for people that don’t know me personally. And if it goes viral, like this UCLA student’s video has, it defines me for a lot of people for a long time to come. Yes, we all have the right to free speech. But that being said, I think that sometimes free speech has it boundaries.
As you have probably guessed, there has already been a huge reaction to the ‘Asians In The Library’ video within the less than 24-hour window since the original clip went viral. UCLA students and alumni, Asian and otherwise, have uploaded responses. Some of these, too, have been taken down, flagged as Hate Speech. Others have racked up thousands of views and supportive comments. And the audio from the original video has even been made into a dubstep remix.
What do you think this YouTube rant, and the ensuing backlash, mean for this student’s future? After seeing this, will you think twice before uploading a rant to YouTube?