Angry Reader of the Week: Kulap Vilaysack

"Fuck raisins."

Photo: Andrew Max Levy

Greetings, good people of the internet. It is time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Kulap Vilaysack.

Who are you?

Kulap Toucta Vilaysack. Kulap means rose and Toucta means doll or toy in Lao, isn't that FUN?!

What are you?

Lao American, my parents are refugees from Laos. Genetically I'm a hardy mix of Southeast Asian (Lao, Vietnamese, Thai) and Chinese.

Where are you?

Laos Angeles.

Where are you from?

I was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. I spent most of my years in Eagan, leaving for LA when I was 18 and fresh out of highschool.

What do you do?

I'm a writer, director, showrunner, actor and community organizer. I created, wrote on, directed some and showran all of Seeso's Bajillion Dollar Propertie$. I was also the showrunner co-executive producer of NBC's A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy. I directed an autobiographical documentary, Origin Story and the brilliant Emily Heller's comedy special, Ice Thickeners. On the organizing front, I founded Laos Angeles, a local community with members who have roots in Laos. We seek to advocate and advance our identity and representation in mainstream media. I am a founding member of A+, a collective of working AAPI womxn in entertainment who gather to support one another, share information and help each other be seen. The group is under the umbrella of Time's Up.

What are you all about?

A crowded table with wonderful individuals who bring their lived experiences, knowledge and ideas to collaborate and make something greater together. I’m talking for a project, for dinner or for both! I love to host and I miss it.

What makes you angry?

Donald is corrupt.
Donald is racist.
Donald is a misogynist.
Donald is a pathological liar.
Donald is unfit and undeserving of the power he has for now.
Those who enable, stay silent about and stan Donald.
Unrelated... raisins.
Fuck raisins.

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