The Roots is currently on tour in Japan and earlier today, Questlove posted this gem on Instagram:
questlove: Hey @dawnenglehart is it racist for me to write the Sour Tlain? #chipanesedownunder2013
dawnenglehart: Nah you're in The Loots. You're allowed.
padmalakshmi: Hahahaha ha! You ruys clack me lup
Dawn Englehart is his manager and was with him in Japan. I don't understand why he felt the need to publicly post this, but it's nice to know what he really thinks.
I didn't manage to get a screencap, but dawnenglehart later replied to angry comments with: "It's not lacist if it's taloo" and "padmalakshmi and I get a yellow pass anyway" The entire post has been deleted. She has this great example of internalized racism posted on her Instagram, I guess that's where Questlove picked it up.
Questlove also posted a video of a Japanese woman speaking Japanese with the spoken introduction; "Ladies and gentlemen, they are talking in tongues." The post is still up. Update: The video has also been deleted. They're all just going to pretend all these didn't happen??
Man, it's one thing for some ignorant white tween to do something like this but Questlove? Ughhhhhhhh
Source: Questlove's Twitter and Instagram accounts. The train IG post and tweet were deleted, as was the Talks in Tongues video.
Edit: There's another video on Vine because social media is a gift that keeps on giving. Questlove filmed a sleeping Japanese man and titled it "McSnoleArot". Sigh.
Update: HAHA FUCK. Apparently he's been doing this for a while. This tweet is from November 2012, someone posted about Korean food and he replied, "rooks lear good : )"