Published August 01, 2013
No, it’s not a joke.
The band Day Above Ground released a new song and video on July 27 called “Asian Girlz.” The Asian stereotypes in the lyrics and its music video’s imagery are so prevalent the song seems like it must be some kind of spoof gone too far.
But apparently it’s not.
The band is promoting—and even defending—the tune which contains lyrics about “slanty eyes” and “yellow thighs.”
The lyrics of the song touch on nearly every Asian stereotype out there. The band croons about nail salons, fried rice, spring rolls and “Tofu all over you.”
Social media quickly erupted with furious listeners reprimanding the band.
“To Day Above Ground, your song "Asian Girlz" song is based on stereotyping Asian females. Racist or not it's terrible #songsucksregardless,” tweeted one.
Another simply stated: ”It hurts how stupid this song is.”
Their messages prompted the actress who stars in the song’s music video, Levy Tran, to apologize for her role in controversial song.
“I sincerely apologize to all who feels that I set Asian women back 50 yrs. I know I lost respect from a lot of ppl. It wasn't my intention,” Tran wrote on Wednesday.
She later tweeted more about the band. “It was meant to be light hearted and fun. Satirical. They are sweet boys and not at all racist. That is all I will say. I'm sorry once again.”
As for Day Above Ground, they claim the song isn’t racist. They also say its satire.
“WE ARE NOT RACIST, HAHA!,” the band told celebrity website dlisted.com. “I mean, look at our band, it’s multicultural!! The guy in the bow-tie, our cutie bass player, was born in Indonesia, and he steals the show!! Please don’t take this tongue-in-cheek tribute to some of the most gorgeous women on the planet too seriously!!”
According to their website, the band is set to premiere their song and its video for a live audience at the House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip, in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 10. A rep for the House of Blues did not immediately return FOX411’s inquiry as to whether or not the performance or the airing of the video would take place. A Change.org petition has been started to cancel their House of Blues performance. It has 99 signatures.
The petition also includes the song’s lyrics in their entirety.
Reps for the band did not immediately return FOX411’s request for comment.