Chinatown Senior Burlesque Troupe Drops Their Anti-Asian Hate Video

Updated: May 26, 2021 08:03
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We brought you the news two weeks ago that the Asian senior citizen burlesque troupe Grant Avenue Follies was working on a music video to protest hate crimes against Asian Americans. The video was inspired by 76-year-old Xiao Zhen Xie, the grandmother who beat her attacker senseless with a wooden board back in March.  

Folks, that video just dropped! Ladies and gentlemen, we present the video for “Gai Mou Sou Rap 雞毛掃說唱” featuring the Grant Avenue Follies.

“Gai Mou Sou Rap” translates to “Chicken Feather Duster Rap.” The number promotes the elders’ message that “You bully me, I’ll bully you back / Beware of my Gai Mou Sou.”

The video is produced by SF Chinatown’s Clarion Performing Arts Center. “Seniors are not just old people on the street, you know? We are powerful and we want to show that and to show it in an entertaining way,” Clarion Arts Performing Center Hsu told KPIX. “We are the authority. Don’t mess with us.”  

The Grant Avenue Follies is not currently doing public performances under the current public health restrictions. But those restrictions are likely to be lifted soon, and we can’t wait for the Grant Avenues Follies to knock us out with a live performance of the “Chicken Feather Duster Rap.”    

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