Brown and Nerdy

Well, here’s an amusing response to Weird Al Yankovic’s video* (see my earlier post on the issues I had with it). He makes his point with charming clumsiness, but… he makes the point.

Still here:

…and YouTube links here, and here. (Watch them in order for maximum hilarity.)

-cvj

(*Thanks CS Guy!)

11 Responses to Brown and Nerdy

1. spyder says:

yes.. this is pretty funny, playing off one set of stereotypical associations through posing another. Do we now need, “yellow & nerdy” and “red & nerdy” to make a set of counter viewpoints????

2. nc says:

Very good. Reminds me of school maths a bit 😉 I failed my maths A-level a four times before passing it, but only because I took pure and statistics which I couldn’t understand. I did pass first time when I sat pure and applied (mechanics) maths (although it meant I didn’t get into university when the others did, still I got to serve ice-creams in a leisure park for a while while they were partying) 😉

Main problem was that the nice teacher (won’t mention your name, Mrs Hunt, don’t worry) taught me pure maths with statistics. I couldn’t remember how to set up null hypotheses for chi-squared, and couldn’t grasp what she meant by testing at 2.5 and 5 % confidence levels, etc., or why you needed to learn the Poisson distribution as well as the Gaussian distribution (OK, I now know that radioactive decay statistics are Poisson and that is an approximation to the Gaussian distribution when N is large). The reason why I took pure & statistics in the first place was because it was supposed to be for “mathematically challenged” students. Don’t trust them teachers too much, kiddies!

3. nc says:

whoops, I mean the gaussian is the approximation to the poisson when the sample of decays is very large…

4. nc says:

I actually meant that the Gaussian (normal) distribution is a good approximation to the binomial (not the poisson, I think) when the number of statistics is big. Maybe I should just go now. Sorry. I did recall that without looking it up! It just shows what a slow brain some people have for maths, and why they can’t possibly recall the stuff in class let alone in exam room stresses

5. Amara says:

This ‘brown and nerdy’ response didn’t tickle my funny bone. Maybe he needs some good music to liven it up.

When I saw Weird Al’s video, the ‘white’ part of white and nerdy barely registered because I was focused on the actions, music and words. I thought it was a hilarious glimpse into the world of my extra geek-y friends and I of the last 20 years. Many of those things Weird Al described we actually did (and do), even making jokes about it. And the viral music went into my brain and I couldn’t get it out for some days after seeing the music video, too. All in all, I thought ‘White and Nerdy’ was brilliant.

Weird Al said here

“This is the song that I was born to write, basically. I’ve been doing research on this song my entire life, so it’s basically the culmination of a lifetime of work. It’s also my first big-budget, live-action video in seven years, and it was a lot of fun to do. “

6. brown and not nerdy says:

Imagine how I feel, I have an Ph.D in physics, I’m black, and in high school I was voted most popular…..I’m neither white or nerdy.

7. Aaron F. says:

Iâ€™m neither white or nerdy.

Incredible! All this time, I thought it was just a tale… a rumor, a hoax, a story told in smoky pubs. But you exist! You are… THE ANTI-YANKOVIC!!!

8. Jennifer says:

I watched this Weird Al video awhile back. It was sort of funny; sort of. Not worth linking to or sharing. What bothered me about it, and kept me from enjoying it as much as I might have, was how it equated whiteness with nerdiness. I mean, what about the nerds of other colors? It made me sad to think of some chess-playing 13-year-old African-American math geek seeing this video and getting the message (couched in a well-meaning and silly music video that clearly means no harm) that having dark skin means you canâ€™t be nerdy.

I put the video out of my mind until I read this post â€” written by a black physicist â€” who notes that not only does the video equate whiteness and nerdiness, it also equates dark skin with slightly thuggy ghetto behavior.

http://jennifersaylor.wordpress.com/2006/10/25/and-nerdiness-for-all/

9. Vinod says:

I only teach Math on the YouTube and that is is my passon.
I was getting only 50hits/day and Weord Al was getting 500,000 hits in the first week and it was all about math and calculus for fun and all that so I decided to post my response why not Brown and Nerdy eventhough I am not Nerdy and not white. I just wanted have fun that is all and also wanted to increase my satmathvideos hits and it did. This vedo incerase my hits to 5000 hits/day and out of which about 2000 hits are relatedt to Math education specially SAT MATH. I hd no idea that I was to get this much response from one small video. But it is pure fun that is all. I do not read too much in between lines.
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