Racist YouTube Video Results In Another Social Media Casualty

Alexandra Wallace witnesses the strength of social media, thanks to her strong lack of knowledge.

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YouTube is a pretty amazing service when you stop and think about it. It’s becoming so ever-present in our lives, its almost becoming invisible, to borrow an idea from Kevin Kelly. Although the site is only six years old — its popularity exploded after the Google purchase — it’s hard to imagine an Internet without YouTube, even though this particular writer was on the web a number of years before it launched.

Needless to say, a site that is so popular and crucial to the explosion of social media and viral marketing is an incredibly powerful tool. Something so big, especially on the Internet, almost has to be. Unfortunately, however, every so often, somebody receives a lesson in just how powerful YouTube can be. Many times, these lessons are unwanted and can be somewhat vicious.

Just ask former UCLA student, Alexandra Wallace.

In case you haven’t heard, Wallace was recently attending UCLA, and she decided she wanted to study in the library. Problem was, at least to Wallace, there were “too many Asians” in the library for her to effectively study, and so she made a now-infamous video called “Asians in the Library,” where Wallace proceeded to share her feelings about the apparent explosion of studious Asian students at UCLA. She even went as far to mention the catastrophic events in Japan in a rant that quickly turned into an uneducated, racist diatribe.

You can see for yourself, if you’d like:


Needless to say, the aftermath of Wallace’s video has been felt far and wide.


After the video went viral, which was after Wallace attempted to take it down, she was greeted with the kind of responses you’d expect from an Internet crowd: death threats and other promises of physical violence; so much so, in fact, Wallace removed herself from school, but not after she wrote a letter to The Daily Bruin, UCLA’s student paper, as an attempt to explain herself.

The letter reads:

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.

Alexandra Wallace

Which sounds an awful lot like:

I’m sorry I got outed for the video. I’m sorry I got caught. Had I been more thoughtful and not recorded my feelings about Asians using UCLA’s library and posted them on the Internet, nothing about my enrollment would be changed. That being said, I cannot stand the idea of being labeled as a racist for something you guys just didn’t get, and so, I’m going to use the safety of my parents as an excuse to run away from all this drama I caused.

Go ____ yourself,


Needless to say, there have been a number of video responses and mash-ups concerning Wallace’s “love one another” video, and there about what you’d expect:



And then there’s this piece of animated genius, which captures the details quite well:


Finally we have the inevitable remix:


There’s much, much more where this came from.


With that, welcome to Internet infamy, Miss Wallace. Enjoy your stay… And your new college, wherever that will be. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be forgotten by the time enrollment for the fall semester comes.

Racist YouTube Video Results In Another Social Media Casualty
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  • http://www.barnettassociates.net/blog/ Toby Barnett

    Whether or not the video intention was venting or a racist jab, the one thing that bothers me about social media outlets is the comments – well the majority of them. It’s like sitting at a junior high lunch table and more than likely that may be the demographic doing the majority of the comments (wouldn’t mind seeing a statistics on that). Even though there is a viral explosion of the video, how long does something stay in the minds of people when there is always something new to slam on? Do the stay around forever? Just maybe.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

      And therein lies the (unfortunate?) power of Internet anonymity. You can, for better or worse, say anything that pleases you without any of the repercussions. Would half of the comments aimed at Wallace have been made if you had to attach your real name to them? Of course not. That being said, she’s the last one that should be shocked or surprised because she put the initial comments out there to begin with. The sentiment was simply returned, with a little extra mustard added.

      As for who will remember this? Considering the turnover rate for news, especially in regards to the Internet, the only one’s that will remember her are her family, friends and any future employers who decide to Google her name. The rest of us will have moved on to the next object of our ridicule.

      That is, until Internet anonymity is abolished.

      • http://www.2webvideo.com Partha Bhattacharya

        I agree Chris. Her video is not so offending that it would invite the barrage of criticism that she faced.

        It seems people like spitting venom at the slightest opportunity. And yes, the Internet anonymity ensures that.

    • http://kirbyslefteye.blogspot.com/2011/02/lost-in-translation.html Myjah

      Yes. When you go out and make a racist video specifically exploiting a horrible tragedy that killed thousands of people, AND YOU POST IT ON THE INTERNET, it’s in the public mind forever. I am SICK of people arguing this girl deserves mercy. No, she does not. What she needs to do is get an “epiphany” about how she can ever possibly redeem herself–maybe by dedicating the rest of her life to helping Asia and Asian Americans. I’d hope so, but she doesn’t exactly appear to be the most thoughtful, unselfish, brightest person in the world…

  • Chrystal

    What a racist moron, how did she even get into (any) college? Using a word such as, epiphany because she thinks it sounds clever only emphasizes her true lack of intelligence. I hope she finds another institution of learning, because she should not be allowed in public until she gets an education.

  • Watermelon

    Fortunately, marketing statistics are in Miss Wallace’s favor. The American public will remember this event for about 30 days. The public has a very short memory. Shucks durn, it used to be a joke about crooks being in politics. Voters were reminded of the dirty dealings of the Governor of Florida before he was voted in! But it doesn’t say much cuz both front runners were literally crooks running for office. Voters had to make a choice of the lesser of two crooks. Wrongful doings are yesterday’s news. If you can become governor, what’s the problem with enrolling in another college? No worries mate!

  • dee jay

    Sounded fairly reasonable to me. she asks people not to talk on their cells in a library. “oh noes” lol. You people are way oversensitive about these things.

    Racist? no, she was studying for exams, in a library, which is a place for studying, not tracking down relatives via cellphone. She made valid and acceptable arguments about the behaviors of a body of people, And, at the same time she made several attempts to appease her listeners. Frankly, the only victim here is her. honestly, I hope her family gets their senses together and sues the liberal american bashing media, which is calling her racist, as well as ucla.

    Ask yourselves this. if she were asian, commenting about white americans, would the reactions be the same? doubtful. the words “racism” and “facism” have a lot in common, such as the fact they’ve both been so diluted that their is no one really well understood definition and anything uttered may be ably called either.

    “the white girl wouldn’t date the black guy so she has to be racist”


    “the experienced, talented and known white doctor was racist cuz he wouldn’t learn spanish, so we fired him for the inexperienced, undereducated and unknown doctor, who wouldn’t learn english.”


    “If you disagree with me, you’re racist!” used btw repeatedly by our racist seated president, whom goes out of his way to criticize white, law abiding, police officers, and favors black, law breaking, criminals.

    What bothers me about it is the amount and depth of hate she recieved in return that is “not apparently an issue” with anybody.

    Stop apologizing for exercising YOUR RIGHT of Freedom of speech, Alexandra. You are not the problem.

    PRESS: Why don’t you moronic lily lickers go find a real story? Too much work for ya?

    • Idont care

      agreed..I’d sue UCLA for this sh!t…

  • dee jay

    oh, just wanted to add,

    “If you Chinky, slant-eyed, rice-beaters are that overly sensitive about the video. why are you promoting it? Why not just take your offended, (yellow?) asses back to asia?

    take our idiotic media, the aclu, lawyers, fence jumpers, porch monkeys, and brits (please take the brits),and muslims, with you.

    And yes, I’m racist. I hate the entirety of the human race, including honkies, frogs, germs, penny hoarders, and politicians.

    then I can ask god for what I really want, A crisp, cold, coke.

  • http://fruttaverdura.blogspot.com Chin Cal Zones

    Nowadays we have to be very carefull what we post on Facebook, YouTube, or any social network.
    I have a kid that is 13 years old and on Facebook. I check his page EVERY SINGLE DAY, you never know what it may happen in 10 years from now… :-)

  • http://prisoninmatepenpal.com Wayne Ouellette

    She needs to find another planet. I don’t think she will ever be able to escape the stupidity she unleashed on the world.

    I love how she keeps saying that “they have no manners” when everything she said obviously shows that she has no concept of the word, and she has none herself.

    To sum it up in one word…IDIOT

  • Stacie

    I haven’t seen her vid and nor do I care about it but death threats, violence…are those better or worse? Did she propose death or violence against Asians? Probably not but I didn’t see it. However those who proposed violence against her probably (for some reason) think they are soooooooo much better than she is.

  • http://www.ecoselectwindows.com Windows Seattle

    It amazes me the stupidity people have. When it comes to attacking peoples religion, ethnically, or personal beliefs, it’s just sick and twisted. Instead of trying to be funny, society should worry about how to make the world better.

  • http://www.tutkuevi.net tutkuevi

    Thank You admin and editor..

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