So this happened. 5 Seconds of Summer had a record release party for their new album and went with a Mexican theme because why not? They wore sombreros and served tacos and gave out handlebar mustaches while a Mariachi band played. All fun and games until somebody cries “racism,” right? Now, it seems to me that in 2014 everyone should know the mantra “cultural appropriation is never OK.” And even if you personally feel that the world has gotten too PC, you might want to err on the side of social conservatism, especially if you are in the spotlight and have product to sell. Anyway, predictably, social media blew up with most everybody coming down on the band for their tone-deaf antics. Funnily enough, most of the same people who were APPALLED that they were disrespectful to Mexicans then went on to stereotype Australians as idiots. HA! Internet trolls.
Check out the band’s tweets and the fan’s comments below.
When the band discovered there was a scandal brewing, they didn’t apologize, they decided to double down. Never a good idea, guys.
Here are a few choice comments from ONTD:
I would expect a bunch of white Australian teens to be dumb/shitty enough people to think this is funny and ok. But how many people who should fucking know better rubber stamped this??
GUESS IT’S ONLY OKAY TO THROW UNDER THE SEA THEMED PARTIES IF YOU’RE A MERMAID!
I think people would have been fine with just the tacos and a speaker playing whatever it is you do, summer people.
casual stereotyping is still racism, and while it’s not punishable by death it’s at least warranting of an ontd post, imo
am so sick of white boys and their white boy antics
I’m not even shocked a group of Australian white boys would be some fuckheads
It doesnt excuse them as assholes but I am not shocked considering their australian. Crossing my fingers they fade away into warped tour
stop making white aussies famous, they cant handle it
Aaaaaaand this isn’t the first time that 5SOS has gotten in trouble for their racial insensitivity. Check out this 2013 video of the boys pretending to be Mexican while waiting for a train: