NigaHiga (est. 2006) is Asian American and YouTube’s second most subscribed to filmmaker. A one man production company consisting of only Ryan Higa and occasionally his friends, he makes videos ranging from Asian stereotypes to random rants and vlogs to music videos. Being his third most viewed video, “How to be Ninja” gained over 32 million views.
The video parody offers five steps on how to be a ninja, a person who stereotypically practices a form of martial arts and wears a black suit:
1) Make loud, unnecessary sounds when you hit things. Though martial artists do, in fact, tend to make sounds when they are fighting, to mock the habit is discriminating because they do not do it on purpose, it just happens as they fight. In the video, the actors make the sounds “hoo,” “hah,” and “woo” as they hit random objects.
2) Catch things with chopsticks. This is untrue because in real martial arts, chopsticks play no role. This step is just a pure stereotypical joke that all Asians use chopsticks. The actors in the video throw objects at each other and attempt to catch them with chopsticks.
3) Teleport from place to place. Martial artists should be able to move around effortlessly without sound, but describing it as teleporting is inappropriate because it is not possible. The actors move from side to side in imitating ways and act sneaky.
4) Be able to transform into anything. The actors in the video pretend to be animals, trees, fags, and imitate anyone. I have never heard that ninjas needed to know how to transform into things because for one thing, it is not possible.
5) Know how to perform a fatality. I think out of all these steps, this sounds the most reasonable because martial artists should know how to finish off an enemy. The actors mockingly fight each other and perform silly fatalities.
Though the video is hilarious in that it mocks ninjas and includes funny steps on how to be one, I do not see why these five steps are what make a person a ninja. Like the Wong Fu video, “Kung Fooled,” the video was made purely for entertainment and not to offend anyone that is Asian or a martial artist.