To be honest, it didn’t seem that racist to me…but maybe I’m seeing things from the perspective of gay white male privilege? Feel free to school me, I’m open to learning. Popular pin-up body Pietro Boselli posted a video of himself working out in a tropical locale. In the vid, he lifts a friend like he’s a barbell. This angered some people, as reported by Queerty. Some examples taken from the comments/social media:
“So the faq he think about Filipinos,” one commenter writes. “Fucking savages and animals? Approach him really slowly because he is going to start running?”
“This is outrageous,” writes another. “The Filipino man… doesn’t have a name, neither do we see his face clearly, nor do we hear him speak. He is purely an object to be used by the white man, and must be approached ‘slowly because he can get scared and start running,’ just like a wild animal?”
A third commenter writes: “I’m sure you mean well but IMHO this video is in poor taste. Reinforces racial stereotypes by using the Filipino island guy as a prop. Sadly good looking people who try to be funny usually fall short. Agree to disagree.”
Pietro responded, saying he’s not racist and the dude he was using as exercise equipment is a pal.
“I am so far removed from racism that I cannot possibly see anything racist about a funny video I have made with my friend Danel (the Filipino man in the video).
“We all have differences but we are all the same as human beings. I have and always will respect everyone.
“If anyone sees any racism in this video, they probably have racism in their head. I and Daniel alike, still think this is a light hearted and funny video.”
You can watch the vid below. My takeaway? I want Pietro Boselli’s hands on me. I’m white and willing so I’m sure it wouldn’t offend anyone.