UCLA student Alexandra Wallace created a lot of controversy and negative attention towards herself after posting a video on YouTube where she made anti-Asian comments.
In her apology letter to her campus newspaper, The Daily Bruin, she said that her comments lead to “the harassment of my family, the publishing of my personal information, death threats and being ostracized from an entire community.”
She added that for “person safety reasons,” she chose to drop out of UCLA, which came only a day after the university stated they wouldn’t be taking any disciplinary actions against Wallace.
Wallace posted a three-minute video where she lashed out against Asian students at UCLA while using a fake and horrible Asian accent to go after students who use cell phones while in the library.
In the video she talks about relatives of students coming there on the weekends.
“In America, we do not talk on our cell phones in the library. It’s seriously without fail. You will always see old Asian people running around this apartment complex every weekend. That’s what they do. They don’t teach their kids to fend for themselves. If you’re gonna come to UCLA, then use American manners.”
In her letter to the campus newspaper, Wallace said she was trying to make a video that was “humorous,” but she ended up upsetting the community at UCLA.
“I am truly sorry for the hurtful words I said and the pain it caused to anyone who watched the video. Especially in the wake of the ongoing disaster in Japan, I would do anything to take back my insensitive words. I could write apology letters all day and night, but I know they wouldn’t erase the video from your memory, nor would they act to reverse my inappropriate action.’’