The violence that took place in Huntington Beach, Calif. after the U.S. Open of Surfing got the Taiwanese animation treatment in a YouTube video released Tuesday by animation studio Next Media Animation (NMA).
In classic NMA style, the computer-generated animation poked fun at the serious incident, literally turning the violent surfer fan bros into apes who "go all ape shit" on portable toilets. The video's narrative is also studded with puns (a "wave" of violence overtook the city) and understatement (the police were "kind enough" to "hand out" pepper spray and rubber bullets).
More troubling, however, is the video's emphasis that the violence was caused by a "white riot," serving as a reminder that "whites can riot too." It's left unsaid in the video, but NMA's emphasis on a "white riot" reveals a lot about how people outside of the U.S. can perceive African Americans -- perhaps because of how U.S. media portrays African Americans.
It took more than 100 police officers to get a handle on the violence in Huntington Beach that night, reports the Associated Press. Authorities are currently sifting through photos and videos to help them arrest more suspects.
UPDATE: Writing as "an American of color who considers himself an ally to the white community," Gawker's Cord Jefferson deftly skewers media stories bemoaning violent black youth with his satirical reflection on the Huntington Beach violence and the tragedy of "thuggish white youth." It's well worth a read.
Easrider Bike Shop salesman Bert Etheredge poses for a photo at the shop in Huntington Beach, Calif. on Monday, July 29, 2013. Etheredge was working at the Main Street shop Sunday night when looters smashed through a store window and began to steal merchandise. One got away, but he managed to wrestle a $5,000 beach cruiser away from one looter. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Joshua Sudock) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT
Police head south down Olive Ave. toward 5th Street in Huntington Beach, Calif, to quell disturbances following the U.S. Open of Surfing event held in the city Sunday, July 28, 2013. An unruly crowd surged through city's seaside downtown brawling, looting a bicycle shop, clashing with police and trashing property. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Cindy Yamanaka) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT
Police tell the crowd of onlookers to head west on Olive Ave. near 5th St. in Huntington Beach, Calif., Sunday, July 28, 2013. An unruly crowd surged through aHuntington Beach, Calif., after the U.S. Open of Surfing, (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Cindy Yamanaka) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT MBI