Screen shot from Wallace's video
Whatever misguided creativity moved UCLA student Alexandra Wallace to post a video of herself ranting about Asian students in the library and utter her now-famous "ching chong, ling long, ting tong" line a week and a half ago fell far short of what she termed "an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video."
Wallace, who claimed afterward to receive death threats, has since announced that she'll no longer attend UCLA. But during her brief infamy, she spawned a creative legacy of videos made in response to her rant, and these have continued to appear. Some have been funnier than others, some angrier than others, and not all have been high art.
But some, like these three music videos, have been nothing short of genius.
The LA Weekly hasÂ posted a list of other angry/funny parody videos.
Alexandra Wallace's statement was sent yesterday to the campus newspaper, which posted this:
“Clearly the original video posted by me was inappropriate,” she said in the statement. “I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would. I’d like to offer my apology to the entire UCLA campus. For those who cannot find it within them to accept my apology, I understand.”
The Bruin story described Wallace as a third-year political science student. The video, in which Wallace complains about Asian students in the library annoying her, complains about their relatives coming over, makes "ching chong" sounds while pretending to talk into a cell phone and ridicules them for checking on their families "for the tsunami thing" was condemned as "repugnant" by campus administration.
"In fact, I am so upset that I believe she should be punished by expulsion, public humiliation, and maybe even solitary confinement at a high security prison."
- Facebook user Steven Lu, from a comment posted on the UCLA chancellor's FB page today regarding a female student's anti-Asian rant on YouTube
The Facebook account of UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was flooded with comments today over a viral video that the university has condemned as "repugnant" - and which, frankly, I was reluctant to post at first.
UCLA has confirmed that the woman is Alexandra Wallace, a student at the university, the Daily Bruin reported today. Her rant, which seems almost too bizarre to take seriously, has been spoofed to hilarious effect by now, though the overwhelming reaction has been anger.
This afternoon, Block issued a public apology on behalf of the university, posted on his Facebook page. Still, the page continues to draw comments.