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It first became acatchphrase in “Full Metal Jacket,” Stanley Kubrick’s caustic war film, in a scene involving two less-than-savvy sol- diers and a Vietnamese prostitute with weak English and debatable bargaining skills. It became a part of pop history when Luther Campbell’s controversial party band 2 Live Crew turned it into a hook in its controversy-stirring 1990 “Me So Horny.” Since then, it’s been parodied in comedies such as the film “The 40-Year- Old Virgin” and the animated Fox hit “Family Guy” and musically repurposed by a host of artists — Nelly Furtado and Mariah Carey as well as the Hawaiian reggae band Conscious Roots. This month, the phrase popped up twice. Least surprisingly, the Black Eyed Peas use it as the basis for the VIP-room duet “Love You Long Time,” on the new album “The Beginning.” The sentiment’s not new to Fergie, who copped the 2 Live Crew hook in her own “London Bridge,” and the inveterate recycler must have thought she’d only touched the tip of its iceberg, because here he Auto-Tunes her voice, squeezing it tight until it sounds more ... stereotypically Asian? The song describes a love match taking place in “the Velvet Lounge,” a nominally classier version of the street where Ku- brick’s GIs meet the feisty Papillon Soo Soo. Unintentionally, perhaps, the Peas’ use of the phrase spans the distance between the streetwalker’s blatant self-advertise- ment and the more subtle but equally mercenary exchange that happens be- tween “bottle girls” and their “dates” in high-end clubs. This twist puts the song in the dubious category of the stripper ode, common ground for hip-hop-loving pop stars in this era of mercenary sex. Jazmine Sullivan, on the other hand, milks “love you long time” for sentiment in her song of the same name from her second album, “Love You Back.” Sullivan creates something really powerful with that bothersome phrase, almost enough to free it from its legacy. Salaam Remi’s drumline-based production pushes Sulli- van nearly to breathlessness, and in the chorus the phrase becomes a tongue- twister expressing the rush of emotion in young romance. Still. Did she have to go there? In 2007, when Carey and Fergie and Nelly Furtado all partook of it, Vineyard and Audrey Kim reported that the phrase had become aform of harassment against Asian- American women. “It’s instantly putting you in the position of being a foreigner, an outsider and a sexual stereotype,” said actor and writer Margaret Cho. “It’s an all-in-one combo.” An MTVreportnoted that Asian- Americans sometimes use the phrase themselves to needle each other, and in fact YouTube reveals a few clips of young women saying it, sometimes clearly teased into doing so by whoever’s holding the camera. Nelly Furtado claimed that it could be rehabilitated, the way other loaded terms have been by minority groups. But this doesn’t really seem to be happening. Instead, it’s still powerful precisely because it feels a little dirty: The undertone, even in Sullivan’s marvel- ously musical rendition, is still one of reckless sexual availability. And let’s face it: It’s impossible to hear it, or to say or sing it, without that echo of an accent pushing it toward caricature. Some phrases, it seems, should be weighted down and thrown into the depths for good. Love is lost on this phrase Popularized in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ it has since become astereotype. So why do the Black Eyed Peas and Jazmine Sullivan use it? By Ann Powers TRIBUNE NEWSPAPERS CRITIC In “Love You Long Time,” Fergie and the rest of the Black Eyed Peas sing about a love match in “the Velvet Lounge.” JASON MERRITT/GETTY PHOTO FOR DCP COMMENTARY

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