Cultures

Jimmy Wong as Internet savior

jimmy-wong-grab.jpgJimmy Wong is the 24-year-old Los Angeles performer whose amusing video answer to UCLA student Alexandra Wallace's anti-Asian rant set a high bar for video responses and helped defuse an ugly situation. In addition to the two million video views and new attention, Wong is getting plaudits for "saving the Internet." From Dave Pell, whose opinion piece ran on NPR:

Tomorrow's kids — in addition to facing the usual natural disasters that come with adolescence — will be confronted with the multichannel, always-on, upsettingly viral slings and arrows of bullies. Although Alexandra Wallace is a far cry from the worst of bullies, the whole incident left me feeling depressed about the future.

But then I saw Jimmy Wong.

Jimmy Wong reminded me that the tools that can be deployed by the so-called cyberbullies are also freely available to those they harass.

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None of this is intended to suggest a future free of bullying or a panacea that helps all the little guys win in the end. But in some ways, the playing field has been leveled. It's not just about being physically tougher or being the type of person who thrives on conflict. Sometimes it's about being smarter, funnier or more creative. And — Ching Chong — I really love that.

Here's what Wong says about himself:

I'm a 24 year old artist living in LA. I grew up in Seattle and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, majoring in Theatre & Drama. Throughout my life I have always been involved in the arts. I spent 8 years studying classical piano as a child, and this evolved into my current involvement in theatre, acting, graphic design, and photography.

I now live in Los Angeles as a self-employed actor and musician. I upload music videos bi-weekly to my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/jimmy. Additionally, my brother Freddie Wong and I are a cofounders of Overcrank Media, a Los Angeles based media production company specializing in feature film and online video content.

After the jump: Wong's catchy response to Wallace.




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