Japanese American Citizens League Comes Out Against "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I have some thoughts on this myself but wanted to throw up this post about the JACL and what they had to say about The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard:

The Japanese American Citizens League said Piven's character also used the racial slur "Jap" in the movie and, acknowledging it was a hate crime, asked employees to say the Asian American was attacking them with a samurai sword.

Saying the film showed a "shocking lack of judgment," the group said the producers "need to apologize because they crossed a line in thinking they could use a racial slur simply for the sake of a laugh."

"Japanese Americans are particularly offended because we painfully recall how slurs were used during the 1940s to vilify and demean our community, resulting in a forced eviction from our homes," it said [...]

Paramount Pictures, owned by conglomerate Viacom, said the film -- distributed in the United States by its division Paramount Vantage -- "satirizes and exaggerates the extremes of the sales and celebrity culture."
More thoughts later - read the article in full here.