BREAKING: Viral Story About “Asian White Supremacist” May Be Fake

A screen-capture of a viral Medium essay claiming to be a first-person narrative of an Asian American woman and former neo-Nazi. (Photo credit: Medium)

Editor’s Note: Minutes after this post was published, @hmasculazn deactivated his Twitter account. Shortly afterwards, the viral Medium essay was removed by the author, and the author’s profile was deleted. Some links may no longer work.

In the last two weeks, an essay posted last year on Medium and written by a self-described Asian American woman and former neo-Nazi has gone viral.  “I was an Asian White Supremacist” (Google web cache here) was widely shared through Asian American Twitter and Facebook groups, and it even attracted interest from the editors of prominent Asian American media outlet NextShark who sought to republish the writing.

The essay sparked interest for its first-person depiction of a self-described Taiwanese American woman – “Angie Lee” – who describes growing up in the American South hating her Asian appearance and desiring to become White. Lee further describes how she became romantically involved with a white teenager – “Brandon” – who becomes involved in neo-Nazism. Lee explains that through this relationship, she internalized white supremacy and racism, coming to hate herself, her family (and in particular, her restauranteur  father), and other people of colour. Lee describes how she eventually ran away from home to live with Brandon and fully embrace neo-Nazism, and even became pregnant by Brandon. However, Lee explains that when her son was born, the fact that he appeared more Asian than White caused Brandon to reject both mother and child. The essay concludes with Lee’s description of how she was taken in by a women’s shelter and now raises her son on her own, and has let go of her racial self-hate.

The essay has been widely shared on social media for its supposed evidence of how Asian American women are complicit in white supremacy, and it is often paired with latent attacks on Asian American feminism.

However, some are now wondering whether the essay might also be entirely fake.

Questions about the essay’s authenticity were independently raised to me by two separate readers. Each pointed out an easily-overlooked contradictory detail about the post: that author Angie Lee’s profile (Medium.com/@SouthernAsianGal) on the blog-publishing platform Medium is linked to the Twitter account, @hmasculazn. Twitter user @Quincetessence published the following photo in a tweet, showing the connection between Lee’s profile and @hmasculazn’s Twitter account, as obtained when loading the site on a desktop computer:

Graphic generated by Twitter user @Quincetessence, showing that Lee’s Medium profile is connected to the @hmasculazn Twitter account. (Photo credit: Twitter / @Quincetessence)

If attempting to share Lee’s essay from a mobile device to Twitter, the automatically generated tweet also shows that the essay is authored by the @hmasculazn Twitter account.

The auto-generated tweet obtained when attempting to share Lee’s essay on Twitter, which lists @hmasculazn as the author. (Photo credit: Reappropriate)

Although Angie Lee describes herself as a Taiwanese American single mother and former neo-Nazi, the author of the @hmasculazn Twitter account describes himself as a biracial Asian American man, former drug dealer, and proud “hypermasculazn” who uses his Twitter account to repeatedly urge Asian Americans to commit violent crimes. In one tweet, posted on August 22, 2016, @hmasculazn describes himself as an “AA male” (where AA is short-form for Asian American), and in another posted in January of this year, he describes himself as a “#Hypermasculazn hapa ready to destroy [his] toxic patriarch father”.

In a tweet posted on August 2016, @hmasculazn describes himself as “an AA male”. Minutes later, he references “AA men who think like me”. (Photo credit: Twitter)
In a tweet posted in January 2017, @hmasculazn describes himself as a “Hypermasculazn hapa” . (Photo credit: Twitter)

In other tweets posted in 2016, @hmasculazn urges Asian Americans to “undermin[e] the white man [by] addicting him to heroin [and] driving him to suicide,” and boasts that he has caused the death of two White men himself. He confesses to selling ecstasy deliberately laced with rat poison in order to injure buyers, and suggests that his readers should sneak poison into people’s food.

A tweet from @hmasculazn from August 2016 apparently confessing to cutting drugs he sold with rat poison in order to cause potentially life-threatening injury. (Photo credit: Twitter)
A tweet posted by @hmasculazn encouraging readers to poison the food of White men, which is criminal behaviour. (Photo credit: Twitter)
A tweet by @hmasculazn apparently celebrating the claim that he has deliberately caused the drug addiction or death of two people. (Photo credit: Twitter)

Incidentally, these tweets are a clear violation of Twitter’s community guidelines which prohibit the use of Twitter to encourage unlawful conduct or to incite violence.

The @hmasculazn account is one of several Twitter accounts created in August of 2016 that specifically reference the #HyperMasculAZNs hashtag and whose first or only tweets were direct rebukes of the tag. The hashtag (and the term itself) originated as a Twitter townhall organized by AAPI progressive group 18MillionRising as an effort to discuss sexism and toxic masculinity as it intersects with the AAPI community. I was invited, along with several other Twitter users and representatives from both Man Forward and GAPIMNY, to participate in the townhall and together we tweeted on a variety of topics relating to sexism, patriarchy, masculinity and race for a little over an hour on August 5, 2016. After the hashtag trended and the townhall was picked up by larger media outlets such as Daily Dot, the hashtag was intentionally co-opted by a small cadre of Asian American mens’ rights activists seeking to rebuke those involved, including @hmasculazn and other users who appear to have created Twitter accounts specifically for this purpose.

Indeed, a closer examination suggests that the @hmasculazn Twitter account was created specifically to troll AAPI feminists while working to associate the #HyperMasculAZNs tag with invocations of criminal violence. Primarily active through the month of August 2016, @hmasculazns resurfaced this January with a flurry of tweets still directed at participants of last August’s Twitter townhall. It’s no surprise therefore that this account has only four followers, and that its entire Twitter activity has been focused on this cause.

Interestingly, reader S.V. pointed out to me that Angie Lee’s Medium profile was also created on August 23, 2016 (the same day when Lee’s essay was published), exactly one day after the @hmasculazn Twitter account went live. Importantly, to link a Twitter account to Medium requires that the Medium user provide password authorization with Twitter. Taken together, this is strong evidence that the same user is behind both the @hmasculazn account and the Angie Lee Medium essay — even though one account purports to be written by a biracial Asian American man and former drug dealer with possibly homicidal ideology, and the other purports to be written by a reformed Asian American female neo-Nazi and single mother of a seven-year-old child.

Attempts to reach @hmasculazn for comment on these inconsistencies in their self-described identity were unsuccessful.

Medium prohibits deceptive conduct on its site, describing disallowed behavior as follows:

Don’t impersonate someone else in a way likely to deceive people. Parody and satire are fine, but make clear that is what you’re doing.

The use of deceptive behavior to impersonate progressives and feminists is an oft-used false flag tactic popular among certain troll-focused internet subcultures. In 2014, members of the online anti-feminist men’s rights movement were found to have created hundreds of fake Twitter accounts posing as women of colour feminists in order to foment chaos within progressive circles and to smear women of colour feminists. Elsewhere, some internet users have been known to create fake profiles (typically of women, and often of women of colour) for the purposes of publishing fictionalized narratives for political, and sometimes sexual, gain; other times, the motives seem to be to provoke confusion.

In the case of the Angie Lee/@hypermasculazn accounts, the purpose appears to be to mainstream a common anti-feminist message already popular among certain Asian American meninists. Specifically, that (all or most) Asian American women have so-called “daddy issues” that compel racial self-hatred and encourage sympathy for neo-Nazism; and, further, that Asian American feminists encourage such self-defeating behaviour (obviously, we do not) and so are equivalent to white supremacists (obviously, we are not).

There are, of course, examples of real Asian white supremacists and female anti-feminists in the world. But, in my more than fifteen years of blogging, I have encountered far more examples of clearly fake profiles impersonating feminists — both Asian American and otherwise — as part of a false flag effort to denigrate or diminish actual women of colour and Asian American feminists.

In the last few months, I have witnessed a distressing rise in anti-feminism within the AAPI community, of which the viral sharing of the Angie Lee/@hypermasculazn essay is only one small part. Anti-feminists appear to have been emboldened — for reasons I have yet to identify — to publish essays in mainstream Asian American media outlets that attack Asian American feminist theory and that delegitimize Asian American women. There has been little effort made by editors of media outlets to counterbalance these writings with Asian American feminist voices.

Against this backdrop, we find that at least one viral anti-feminist essay may be a piece of pure fiction, and that it may have been deliberately falsified as part of a larger anti-feminist smear campaign launched last year against Asian American women and outspoken online Asian American feminist activists. One simply must wonder why someone would go to such elaborate lengths to create a fictionalized and sensationalized story all just to assault Asian American feminists’ work.

To report Angie Lee to Medium for deceptive conduct, create or login to a Medium account and load Angie Lee’s profile and click the down arrow to report the user for violation of Medium’s rules. To report @hypermasculazn to Twitter for violation of Twitter’s rules against inciting violence, go to his profile and report it with reference to tweets promoting criminal activity.

Update: Minutes after this post was published, @hmasculazn deactivated his Twitter account.

Screenshot of Twitter showing that the @hmasculazn Twitter account was deactivated soon after the publication of this post. Click to enlarge. (Photo credit: Twitter)

Minutes after that, the Angie Lee profile removed the essay from Medium.

Screenshot showing that the Medium essay by Angie Lee was deleted by the author moments ago. (Photo credit: Medium)

The Angie Lee profile was then deleted from Medium.

A screenshot showing that Angie Lee’s profile was deleted from Medium moments ago. (Photo credit: Medium)
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  • Observer157

    1. Not surprised that this blog has written ZERO about the disproportionately high levels of Asian women s.exually harassed by white males in Silicon Valley, all over the news recently, but zero mention here
    2. You can be sure that if this is ever written about, it will totally gloss over the obvious Asian fetish – white male assault angle, and somehow find some obscure way to blame Asian men

  • As mentioned in this comment (http://reappropriate.co/2017/06/dashcam-video-shows-brutal-police-assault-of-laotian-american-man/#comment-3418348531), I am on a mini-sabbatical from the blog until the end of the month and have been for months. This post was directly requested of me by two readers, so I took the time away from my holidays to write it; however I am right now making choices to minimize time with this blog particularly when it comes to stories that are already – as you pointed out – already all over the news. I will be returning to full-time blogging next month. Either way, you are not entitled to make demands on me, my labour, or my free time just to fuel your obvious preexisting disdain for me and this space.

    Newsflash: I am allowed to take a vacation, and if anyone feels as if a story needs to be covered while I am away, they are always able to submit guest writing themselves. If you felt like coverage of the sexual harassment complaints in SV needed coverage, you could have written a pitch to me asking me to write something or submitted writing to me; you did neither. Please stop with your (not so) veiled attack on me and my work, and your thin attempts to question my commitment to race activism.

    Again, it’s amazing the lengths anti-feminists will go…

  • drayred

    These anti-AF Asian males are pretty pathetic. They’d rather give solace to the white supremacist cause just to spite Asian women.

  • chrisredfield31

    Not necessarily. There are many Asian women known for supporting white supremacists and all this is, is magnifying the phenomena in an attempt to bring it into the mainstream consciousness.

  • JustMega

    Some examples: Richard Spence, Andrew Anglin, John Derbyshire. Start there and see the can of worms morph into a tsunami of worms.

  • Young June

    Let say this was a fake account and was written by a Amerasian male . I’m take a guess his father was white and the mother Asians. I met other Amerasian males where they all had issues with their white fathers . Most of it because the white dads couldn’t relate with their mix Asian sons and the Asian mothers thinking that being white is best. I remember one mix Asian guy telling me that his Asian mom thought blond hair and blues were pretty and was disappointed that he came out looking way too”Asian”.
    One of the issues with Asian feminist is that they don’t really talk about this dynamic. Or if they do I don’t know any that does because many Asian feminist do partner up with white partners.
    Any time an Asian men criticize this Asian women reaction is Asian men are either bitter or have no right to police what Asian women date. It’s not about policing but really examining racial identity . Lots of Asian feminist from my experience is more about going against Asian culture and it’s sexism. Which is fine but with the absence of examining the racial sexism that Asian folks deal with in the west.

  • Young June

    If this was written by a Amerasian male and is fake it’s wrong but it does raise my eye brow to the depth of how some Asian men or Amerasian men feel hurt by racism in the west.
    There are some Asian women who prefer white men because of racist notion that whites are better and just like how hard it is for Asian men to date in the west because of racism. It’s not normal to have a huge inter-racial dating /marriage gap. Unless of course you believe that Asian men suck and therefore can’t get girls. If you do it’s no different from saying all black men are criminal prone.

    I met Amerasian males who had issues with their white fathers and their Asian mothers. Usually the white dads just don’t understand and the Asian mothers are so into wanting to be white. In some cases it hurts the mix sons more if you add in the racism and sexual stereotypes in the west.
    Asian feminist typical from my experience tends to fight more against traditional Asian culture which are sexist but tend to gloss over the racial sexual ism of Asian folks in America.

  • tonyget

    From my experiences, Asian feminist is feminist by name only.

    Ironiclly?White men like Asian women precisely because they think Asian women are submissive and obedience unlike strong independent white women?many of them are against feminism to the core, and the so called “Asian feminist” knows that but choose to ignore it.

    Secondly, Women from the middle east or india or other areas far more sexism than Asia, don’t look up to white or interested in white men, but you see white or Asian women with men from those area a lot, how ironic. Maybe It’s because Asian men are not patriarchal enough?word from an middle eastern guy??haha?

  • Onyeka Onyebuchukwu

    Asian women with Indian and middle Eastern men? Hmm…..u do know no one believes that right?

  • tonyget

    oh really ?

    https://asamnews.com/2017/04/06/updated-murder-suspect-to-post-35-million-bail/

    This rich Asian women paid $35 Million Bail because she likes to hang out with middle eastern thug

  • Daniel

    Hey Joe why don’t your write about
    https://nextshark.com/ling-anderson-white-supremacy-loves-white-boys-youtube/
    and give us your take on the topic.

  • flightisallright

    I don’t think he is worth a story. It seems like a form of “raceplay” (http://jezebel.com/5868600/when-prejudice-is-sexy-inside-the-kinky-world-of-race-play), that made it onto youtube.