October 1st, 2009

Arab Face, Second As Farce

Thx to the ever-vigilant Ted Swedenburg for bringing to my attn the latest episode in the surreal and surprisingly sustained saga of “Arab Money” (click the non-HD version to stay here) —

So there you have it, folks — an Arab(-American?) thug unironically, but awkwardly, singing Busta’s hook. Pretty much exactly how Bus-a-bus imagined it, no doubt. Virtual reality. Or something.

The big question, for my I-talian Money, is whether it could ever best this monstrosity when it comes to hyperreal arabesque hip-hop imperialism?


  • 1. THT  |  October 2nd, 2009 at 9:13 am

    wow. busta-influenced meta video game racism. nice.

    the next logical evolution of this is when real arab-american thugs and gas station owners in detroit start playing this game and view yusuf amir as some sort of cultural trailblazer, mimicing his actions in the video game mimicing busta’s song mimicing arab stereotypes and singing gibberish. dizzying.

    also, i love that the line ‘ladies, prepare to suffer’ coincides nicely with large explosions in the trailer, you know, in case the viewer forgets the bomb-making and hyper-sexualized wife-beating inclinations inherent in the ethnicity of said character.

  • 2. Kevin  |  October 2nd, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I haven’t really kept up with the series but I remember that the critical response to GTA IV was very positive and hung on the notion that the series was growing more complex and leaving some of the simple stereotypes behind. Gay Tony is a character from IV who is (duh) openly gay and going off the deep-end after gangsters murder his partner: http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Anthony_Prince

    The ad is absurd – the inevitable result of contact with “Arab Money” – but maybe there is hope for the game itself?

    Anyone got a 360?


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