Over the weekend Alexandra Wallace, the UCLA student that was ostracized after uploading a racist rant against Asians to YouTube shortly after the tsunami in Japan, apologized and announced that she would no longer be attending UCLA.
Her apology, and the news of her leaving the school, was published in The Daily Bruin, UCLA’s online news source. The full letter, as printed in The Daily Bruin, is as follows:
In an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video, I have offended the UCLA community and the entire Asian culture. I am truly sorry for the hurtful words I said and the pain it caused to anyone who watched the video. Especially in the wake of the ongoing disaster in Japan, I would do anything to take back my insensitive words. I could write apology letters all day and night, but I know they wouldn’t erase the video from your memory, nor would they act to reverse my inappropriate action.
I made a mistake. My mistake, however, has lead to the harassment of my family, the publishing of my personal information, death threats, and being ostracized from an entire community. Accordingly, for personal safety reasons, I have chosen to no longer attend classes at UCLA.
While standing by my personal position that Alexandra’s video was inappropriate, I do have to say that I feel bad that the backlash that she faced from the UCLA community, the Asian community and the world came to such a head that she felt unsafe on the UCLA campus. Robert Naples, the associate vice chancellor and dean of students at UCLA told The Daily Bruin last week that, “If she’s received a death threat, I find that as deplorable as her original YouTube video. If this is the response of students on campus, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Alexandra Wallace isn’t the only YouTuber that was privy to death threats last week. YouTube troll Tamtampamela received death threats as well after she uploaded a video of herself pretending to be a devout Pentecostal Christian, saying that she was so happy that God answered her prayers to open the eyes of Atheists with the earthquake. Tamtampamela’s real name, address and other personal information was also published to the Internet, just as Alexandra says that her personal information was published.
I do have to say that I think that what both girls did was wrong, but did they really deserve death threats? And did they really deserve to have their personal information made public through open calls for people to go to their homes and punish them for what they uploaded to YouTube? That’s seriously scary stuff, if you ask me. What do you think? How far is too far when it comes to “punishing” people for what they upload to YouTube? And how much longer do you think Alexandra Wallace will have to pay for her ‘Asians In The Library’ video?