crappy commercial alert: directv's "the whale"

So I've had a lot of people telling me about this regrettable DirecTV commercial, but I haven't actually caught it airing on television. But I guess that's what the internet is for... and now I rather regret seeing it. The 30-second spot features comedian Dat Phan as a small-but-rich Asian guy, aka "The Whale," with a giant pet panda. And other stuff. See for yourself:

Oh boy. He appears to be channeling a poor man's version of Ken Jeong's Mr. Chow from The Hangover. Oh man, seriously? Is this like a thing now? Is this a new screechy new stereotype we're going to be dealing with on a regular basis? I was really hoping we could just keep it contained to Hangover movies.

Over at Disgrasian, our friend Jen doesn't like the commercial either (though I think her aggression towards DirecTV is more rooted in service-related reasons): @DirecTV: Your Dat Phan "Whale" Ad Blows.

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