A UCLA student whose racist rant about Asians went viral over the weekend has received multiple death threats, school officials said.
Alexandra Wallace, a junior political science major, has sought the protection of campus police after she received several calls and emails from people threatening revenge for her recording the tirade, titled "Asians in the Library," campus police said.
Wallace told political science Prof. Phil Gussin she was terrified after the locations of her upcoming exams were posted online, the school's Daily Bruin newspaper reported.
Campus cops advised her to reschedule her exams in light of the threats.
In the video, posted Friday, Wallace fumes about "the hordes of Asian people" at UCLA as well as their families, whom she claims invade her apartment building every weekend to pamper the spoiled students.
Wallace also trashes Asians for talking on the phone in the library and imitates a student by babbling, "Ohhhh! Ching chong ling long ting tong!"
A university spokesman called the video "repugnant" on Sunday, and hundreds of outraged students and alumni flooded Chancellor Gene Block's Facebook page with comments slamming Wallace.
The video hit the Web on the same day that an earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan, killing thousands and leaving millions without food, water or shelter.
Wallace apologized for the video in a letter to the school's Daily Bruin newspaper on Monday, the paper reported.
"Clearly the original video posted by me was inappropriate," she said in the statement. "I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would. I'd like to offer my apology to the entire UCLA campus. For those who cannot find it within them to accept my apology, I understand."
Block called the incident "a sad day for UCLA."
"I am appalled by the thoughtless and hurtful comments of a UCLA student posted on YouTube," he said in a statement. "I believe that speech that expresses intolerance toward any group of people … is indefensible and has no place at UCLA."
An article by the The Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA published in the Daily Bruin on Sunday called the video "hate speech" and "harassment," but also called for tolerance.
"As a community, we should respond with the grace, sensitivity and civility afforded us through the manners we learned from our parents, and their parents before them," the coalition wrote.
The reference appeared to be a subtle dig at the buxom blond, who ranted that Asian students needed to "use American manners" and described herself as a "polite, nice American girl that my momma raised me to be."
Gussin said he was frustrated by the campus' violent response.
"What Wallace did was hurtful and inexcusable, but the response has been far more egregious," he told the Bruin. "She made a big mistake, and she knows it, but … they responded with greater levels of intolerance."
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