UCLA police probe threats over anti-Asian YouTube video
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police at UCLA are investigating threatening calls and e-mails a white student says she received after posting a video on YouTube making fun of Asians.
UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said Tuesday that Alexandra Wallace reported receiving numerous messages after the video went online over the weekend.
Hampton says he hasn’t seen the messages himself but declined to characterize them as rising to the level of death threats.
The university is investigating whether Wallace’s remarks violated UCLA’s student code of conduct.
Wallace issued an apology through the campus Daily Bruin newspaper for the video called “Asians in the Library,” which first surfaced Friday and drew national attention.
In it, the UCLA student criticized the school for accepting “these hordes of Asian people” who she said have no manners and disrupted her studies by talking loudly on the phone in the library.
“I’ll be in, like, deep into my studying, into my political science theories and arguments and all that stuff, getting it all down, like, typing away furiously, blah, blah, blah, and then all of a sudden, when I’m about to, like, reach an epiphany, overhear from somewhere: ‘Oh ching chong ling long ting tong, ooohh,’” she said.
Wallace could not immediately be reached for comment. She apologized in a statement to the campus newspaper, saying she could not explain what possessed her to make the statements.
The UCLA chancellor condemned the video Monday.
“I am appalled by the thoughtless and hurtful comments of a UCLA student posted on YouTube,” Chancellor Gene D. Block wrote. “Like many of you, I recoil when someone invokes the right of free expression to demean other individuals or groups.”