Unless you live under a rock or don't care much about minute mainstream news tidbits about the porn industry, you've probably read the scathing article on Jezebel.com about Joanna Angel being a horrible racist, due to her decision to "yellowface-up" performer Danny Wylde for his role as the one Asian guy from The Walking Dead in her new porn spoof.
Please note, I only call him "that one Asian guy" because I've never watched the show and I don't know the names of any characters, regardless of ethnicity. I don't know that one white guy's name, I don't know that one black lady's name, I don't know that Zombie kid's name. I do know that the first trade paperback of the Walking Dead was so horribly, laughably bad that it's doubtful I'll ever give either the comic or the TV version another chance, but that's another story.
The point is, Joanna Angel's being accused of big-time racist-ass shenanigans because she, rather than casting an Asian performer to play the role (or taking creative liberties and rewriting the role, etc.), she chose to cast dick-slingin' white dude Danny Wylde. This in and of itself is clearly not a huge whoop, but when she had his face painted yellow and made his eyes...um...slanted...well, it gets a little bit harder to talk one's way out of it, yes?
That's not to say no one attempted to talk themselves out of the situation. Joanna's response:
"Alright, I know some of you lame asses were offended by me turning someone non-Asian into someone Asian, but Danny is an important member of the BurningAngel family and I really wanted him in this movie –- and he actually has a lot of similar features as Glenn and made the most sense to play him. Around election time, I aged Danny about 60 years and turned him into Joe Biden. In Evil Head, we gave him an 80's looking wig. I was not doing this to make fun of anyone of any race -– I did this because it was a parody. So all you over-sensitive PC people: calm down."
Pretty much says "hey fuck it, we like shooting with Danny, so fuck you", in which I certainly see the validity. It also implies that hairstyle's from the 1980s are a race unto themselves, but whatever. AVN made a slightly stronger argument essential saying that it's just a porno movie and nobody should take it too seriously (although it's sort of funny seeing the porn biz jump back and forth between claiming to be all-important champions of freedom and expression and "relax, it's just a porno" - can't have it both ways, people!).
Also, I think Tommy Pistol might have directed the movie? I dunno. Heck!
Personally, I'm more on the "lets not give this thing too much of our time and attention" bandwagon. Not because I think this stuff's OK, but more because I really don't give two fucks about what the Walking Dead Porn Parody is doing. I'm more concerned about the revelation that Keni Styles really is apparently the only Asian male performer anyone's ever heard of.
That said, yeah...maybe the slanted eyes were a little bit of a poor choice? Or a lot?
Anyway, in an effort to assuage any hurt feelings, I present a totally non-racist yellowface porno clip (unless Sponges are now a race as well), courtesy of our good friends at the newly-unleashed Woodrocket.com: Click here and enjoy.