If you’ve spent even a few minutes browsing TikTok
over the past month, you’ve likely come across
content creators pairing the wind tunnel face
effect with a snippet of a classical Indian song.
The premise of the wind tunnel trend —
which has been replicated over 2.6M times
as of writing — may appear harmless.
But Monique Virk, a 22-year-old student
from California, believes there are more
insidious implications to the trend.
In a now-viral video, Virk explained how using
a classical Indian song as the butt of a
TikTok joke — especially when combined with
mocking facial expressions or gestures —
can contribute to discrimination.
“I get everyone is just laughing at the filter,
but why use that Indian song? Is that filter
what Indians look and sound like to you?”.
“when you let little things like that
slide, you’re going to start to see
people being even more offensive”.
Ultimately, Virk says she hopes her story
can help others stop and listen before
perpetuating potentially harmful ideals.
“I know not everyone may agree, but instead of
invalidating our feelings now that we are speaking
up, it is important to try their best to understand
the message we are trying to get across”