YouTubers David Dobrik and Liza Koshy recently came under fire from fans after old videos of them seemingly mocking Japanese people resurfaced online. A TikTok user recently posted a video with clips from their trying Japanese candy and “foreign” candy videos, which were posted back in 2016. Both of which include moments where David pretended to speak in a Japanese accent and claimed, “It’s not racist, that’s the sounds I hear when they talk.”
“Why is no one talking about this? It’s a clear example of the normalized racism against Asians,” TikTok user @callmesukiwi captioned their video.
@callmesukiwiWhy is no one talking about this? It’s a clear example of the normalized racism against Asians @daviddobrik @lizzza ##fyp ##asian♬ original sound – callmesukiwi
They also added text within the video that read, “They’re trying Japanese candy and pretending to talk in Japanese as a joke. Isn’t that still… Racist?”
At some points throughout the video, Liza seemingly responded “no,” when David made a joke mocking the candy, but then added, “If you have candy from other countries, feel free to send [them] our way and we’ll make offensive jokes about them.”
Fans have taken to social media and called out the former couple and internet stars.
“Asian accents are already so stereotyped I definitely remember being made fun of in this exact way growing up,” one comment on the TikTok video read.
Others reshared the videos on Twitter alongside captions about David and Liza’s actions.
“Why is racism towards Asians so normalized?” one person questioned. Another added, “The excuses I have seen for this [are] just…”
Someone else claimed, “Too bad we all know David ignores everything controversial, so don’t hold your breath waiting for that apology.”
As of now, the videos are still on YouTube and neither David nor Liza have publicly addressed the situation.
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