Protest Letter to Details/Conde Nast Regarding "Gay or Asian?" Article sign now

Dehumanizing, belittling, nonsensical, and most of all, RACIST, are words that can be used to describe the "Gay or Asian?" feature written by your staff member, Whitney McNally, in the April edition of your magazine.

We find Ms McNally's shallow attempt at humoring a white heterosexual male audience at the expense of the dignity and humanity of Asian males to be truly despicable. Considering the readership profile of your publication, it is clear that the feature is meant to poke fun at Asian men, and that it is not a compliment to their sense of style or "effeminate" physical features.

For decades Asian men have been maliciously emasculated and depraved of their manhood by Hollywood movies and television. We are truly perplexed as to what led Ms McNally to hit audiences over the head with this racist stereotype once again. Are her next clever plans to ask the burning questions, "Illegal immigrant or Hispanic" "Gangster or Black" "Terrorist or Arab"? Unless she wants to poke fun at her own race and ask questions like "Child molester or White?" or "Plastic or White?", we would certainly hope that the offense ends here.

While we feel that this goes beyond saying, this is not about homophobia, it is about being offended by a racist stereotype. Therefore any lame obfuscating attempts on your part to redirect your bigotry with the accusation that those who are upset must be homophobic will not be taken seriously.

Details/Conde Nast should have paid more attention to the news this past year. Due to the movements spear-headed by Asians, Abercrombie & Fitch was forced to pull a line of T-shirts that mocked Asians, Disguise Inc was forced to cease distribution of their racist "Kung Fool" Halloween masks, and very recently, retailer Saigoniste pulled their ridiculous Ho Chi Mama slogans from their clothing ads. Details/Conde Nast is next.

We hereby demand:

1) that the editor-in-chief of Details and/or a senior executive at Conde Nast issue an apology in regards to the "gay or Asian" feature written by Whitney McNally

2) that Whitney McNally be dismissed from your company.

If the conservative publication "National Review" felt that Ann Coulter's post 9/11 comment in regards to the Afghans, "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity" (Sep 13 2001) was offensive enough to warrant an immediate dismissal, we are inclined to believe that Details/Conde Nast find Ms McNally's full-page assault on Asian men offensive enough to warrant her a dismissal as well.

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    your magazine bigotry will alienate Asian readers
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    I'm white and this article is tasteless. Pitiful.
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    How could you not realize the racist implications of this article?
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    to demand that Whitney McNanlly herself apologizes publically
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  • 04 December 2015984. Lana P
    You would probably think twice before comparing another ethnic/racial group to homosexuals. You should've thought twice in this situation as well.
  • 30 November 2015983. Barbara C
    No Taste and No Class. Would Ms. McNally like the hairy white man be referred to as a hairy monkey? Both the Editor and McNally should be terminated from their jobs.
  • 26 November 2015982. Aimee M
    I don't know that the author should be dismissed, but should at least become aware of the fact that this sort of racism is not acceptable or funny at all. There's a difference between being "un-P.C." and actively promoting very poor taste at the expence o
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  • 06 November 2015980. Cynthia C
    Details is by Fairchild Publications which also include WWD, Beauty Biz, Beauty Report, W Magazine, Jane, Children's Business, Elegant Bride, DNR, HFN, InFurniture, Executive Technology, Footwear News, Supermarket News stop your subscription please thank
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  • 27 September 2015974. Marshall W
    I agree that these stereotypes about asian men must be stopped, we as asian americans have taken too much abuse, and I think it is time to come together and show a collective voice of the wrongs the media has tagged onto us

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