Magazine Railed for Anti-Asian Article
From The World Journal
April 3, 2004
Men’s fashion magazine Details infuriated many Asian and
gay organizations by running an article entitled “Gay or
Asian” in its April issue, which ridiculed Asian and homosexual
people by using stereotypes against them. Organization of Chinese
American wrote to the magazine, demanding a correction, an official
apology and a recall of the issue. But Details’ reply on
March 31st was evasive and unsatisfactory. Asian Media Watchdog,
therefore, plans to rally in front of the magazine’s office
in Midtown at noon on April 16th.
Details magazine is a fashion
publication focused on urban, white-collar males. A feature entitled “Gay
or Asian” in its April
issue demeaned Asian and homosexual people by using puns and clichés,
which protesters say are shopworn and disdainful to these two minority
groups. Organization of Chinese American said the magazine used
what it called “humor”, which attacks and tarnishes
Asian males and homosexual people by boiler plates about Asian
food and men. These two minority groups will not tolerate such
discrimination, it added.
Details will make comments in its May
issue. Organization of Chinese American has asked the magazine
to recall all copies of the last
edition, publish a formal apology to Asian groups and revoke the
Anthropology column written by Whitney McNally, the author of the
disputed article. But Details’ editor-in-chief said in his
reply to the organization that the magazine intended to harm nobody
and was sorry that some readers felt humiliated. Editors will comment
on the dispute in the May issue, it added. The organization said
the reply is unacceptable.
The evasive answer has prompted Asian
and gay groups to take further actions. Asian Media Watchdog will
rally in front of Details’ office
at 7 W. 34 St. in Manhattan at noon on April 16th to protest against
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Translated from Chinese by Shasha Dai.