Take a Vietnamese comedian and put him in a commercial with stereotypically Asian things and two hot white chicks. Funny or distasteful? Take a look.
Yes, there are koi fish, stone lions, bamboo fixtures, traditional Asian architecture, and a short Asian man with a fobby accent. Although this borderlines distasteful, I find it more funny and empowering than anything.
Kudos to DirectTV for using a Vietnamese-American comedian known for cracking us up about Asian stereotypes! The juxtaposition makes the choice of using ultra Asian devices much more insightful than offensive.
Also, this character is like Mr. Chow played by Ken Jeong in the Hangover series, being so over the top and absurd that we know (or at least we should know) that he is merely poking fun at Asian stereotypes, not using them to misrepresent them.
So tell me, are you offended or laughing out loud? Share your points of view here.