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03282008_dongerandme.jpgOne of my favorite pieces from cartoonist Adrian Tomine is a panel he did for magazine Giant Robot in 2001 accompanying his interview with Gedde Watanabe. “The Donger and Me” details the grief Tomine (and countless other Asian-American males) took in high school thanks to Watanabe’s turn as Chinese exchange student Long Duk Dong in “Sixteen Candles” — a role at least as offensive as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”‘s Mr. Yunioshi, with the additional betrayal factor of Watanabe’s actually being Asian, and not just Mickey Rooney with his eyes taped.

The piece is now online, courtesy of NPR, who explores the legacy of the character in an article and “All Things Considered” piece:

In 1984, when Sixteen Candles came out, some Asian-American groups decried Long Duk Dong as stereotypical, racist and part of a long history of Hollywood’s offensive depictions of Asian men.

“It took me a while to understand that,” Watanabe says. “In fact, I was working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and I was accosted a couple of times by a couple of women who were just really irate and angry. They asked, ‘How could you do a role like that?’ But it’s funny, too, because at the same time I laugh at the character. It’s an odd animal.” [Hat tip to Big Screen Little Screen for the link]

Over at Defamer, Stu Van Airsdale has been online stalking “Sixteen Candles”‘s reclusive director John Hughes in hopes of an interview. He’s “convinced that A) John Hughes knows about our quest for answers, and B) he has absolutely no intention of or interest in playing ball,” but does point to an unflattering 1993 Spy magazine profile of the man unearthed at Hollywood Elsewhere.

[Photo: “The Donger and Me,” Giant Robot/Adrian Tomine, 2001]

+ ‘The Donger and Me’ by Adrian Tomine (NPR)
+ Long Duk Dong: Last of the Hollywood Stereotypes? (NRP)
+ Recently Unearthed Spy Magazine Hatchet Job Helps Explain Why John Hughes Won’t Return Our Calls (Defamer)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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