YouTubers Under Fire After Making Racist Jokes And Fake Kidnapping A Child In Japan

11 January 2018, 16:50

YouTubers pretend to kidnap japanese girl for prank
YouTubers pretend to kidnap japanese girl for prank. Picture: YouTube
Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

Hey folks, MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST LEAVE JAPAN ALONE FOR A WHILE, EH?

What is it with YouTubers and bothering the Japanese? YouTubers Nick Joseph and Dan Rue, who describe themselves as a comedy duo, made a recent trip to Japan where they made a bunch of overtly racist jokes and then, for some reason, pretended to kidnap a little girl.

The pair have insisted on twitter that the 'kidnapping' was fake and pre-planned.

But users weren't especially convinced

People also pointed out that is was more the overt racism of their video that was the issue, like the fact they kept speaking in thick fake asian accents while walking around Tokyo and also captioned their 'kidnapping' video with "I found the girl from Rush Hour."

Along with Logan Paul's recent video (see below), this seems to display a certain perception of Japan as a place where you can kind of just do whatever you want, and mess with whomever you want.

At best this is merely huge ignorance, at worst it is a kind of passive racism - a feeling that Japanese people and their culture simply don't matter and so can be freely mocked and infringed upon.