Self-described as one of the first Asian American rock bands, The Slants is a band originating from Portland, Oregon. As a six-member band of Asian descent, they cater to the Asian-American consumers. The band’s name represents the its own musical identity. Over the past four years, this band has fought to patient their trademark name. Without much success with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), they plan on taking this case to the circuit court.
PTO rejected the band’s trademark as a result of “slants” being a derogatory word aimed at people of Asian descent. Simon Tam, founder and current bassist of The Slants, counters, ”They said because of our ethnicity, people automatically think of the racial slur as opposed to any other definition of the term. In other words, if I was white, this wouldn’t be an issue at all” Angered by the racial connotation arguments from the PTO, the band responded that the term “slant” could mean several other things. On the other hand, Mike Lemley, a professor of intellectual property law at Stanford Law School and director of Stanford’s Law, Science & Technology program, notes “trademark law cares a lot about what consumers think, and so if the way people in the marketplace are likely to understand the term as a reference to Asians, then that’s the way trademark law will treat it.”
Preparing to fight in the federal circuit court, the band is arguing that a denial of the trademark violates the First Amendment. While other parties argue that trademark cases cannot invoke freedom of speech, the The Slant will continue their fight nonetheless.
Percentage Night at Orange Leaf
Please come help AAA and Asian Student Union support the Philippines through this disaster. Drop by Orange Leaf any time between 1-10 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20, and mention AAA or ASU to donate 20% for the cause! Spread the word, share the love. Hope to see you all there!
“Haiyan Typhoon Teach In/Forum and Fundraiser” on November 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Solarium of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. This event will provide multiple perspectives on understanding the disaster and its impact.
The speakers will include faculty members from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the departments of communication and culture, history and geological science in the College of Arts and Sciences, Purdue University and the Filipino Student Association. The forum will also address topics such as disaster recovery media coverage, history and ways the public can help. Donations can be made to American Red Cross. Please indicate “Haiyan Disaster Relief” in the memo.
A popular talk show on ABC called the Jimmy Kimmel Show sparked controversy when they aired a segment that had a young blonde boy suggesting to “kill all the Chinese people” in order to settle the debt that’s owed by America. Many people are upset that this show was aired and most importantly that the host of the show, Jimmy Kimmel, followed up with the question, “Should we let the Chinese live?” China has taken their stand on this dispute and called for a sincere apology from ABC and Jimmy Kimmel.
This controversy took a step up when protesters from 27 cities voiced their outrage with signs that read, “Racism is no joke!”, “Stop Hate Speech! Stop inciting violence! Stop race-baiting!” outside the Headquarters of ABC. A handful also demanded the host to be fired from ABC. The 45 year old host has definitely made his name known to the Chinese community this time. On the other hand, Jimmy has came out to the protesters and formally apologized.
The Chinese are responding very strongly to this racism debate. They believe that hate should not be spread through social media, especially on a channel that is targeted to children. A user from a well known forum stated, “People are offended because this was NOT a live show. It was scripted, recorded, and the studio had plenty of time to edit it. If the kid has said something about killing Jews or putting Blacks back to slavery, I’m pretty sure the segment would not have aired.” However, there are some protesters that kicked this protest up a notch by comparing Jimmy Kimmel to Hitler. Many Americans feel that this is an overreaction. They offered their views on this issue also, “The fact is that no one should expect that these kids pose any danger to anyone. All it did was maybe expose what the kids were exposed to. I am willing to bet that the kid heard an uncle or grandparent say we can kill all of the Chinese in the past. It is a bit of dark comedy really. These childish ideas should be given a public forum to foster discussion. Jimmy did nothing wrong.” Which brings up another controversy, is Jimmy the victim or the villain in this story?
November 7th, 2013
Booth & Like a G6 performance