Fresh Off The Boat With Eddie Huang: Bay Area (Part 1/3)

Uploaded by vice on 15.10.2012


EDDIE: Didn't nobody see that I bonged it into the bowl.

It's your boy Eddie Huang-- chef, writer, human panda,
Bang Bros connoisseur, and I'm horny for more.
EDDIE: We tripping, man.
EDDIE (NARRATING): If I had to explain "Fresh Off the Boat,"
I'd say that it's a cultural show told through the lens of
food, putting on voices that have long gone ignored.
Fuck with the human panda, this is "Fresh Off the Boat."
EDDIE (NARRATING): Today we're headed to the Bay Area to hang
with some barbers and the Rice Paper Scissors crew.
But first it's off to Oakland to shoot some rabbits with the
East Bay Rats.
EDDIE: Let's shoot some guns.
Let's kill some rabbits.
Let's do this.
EDDIE: All right?

TREVOR: All right, let's take a walk.
You guys stay up here and practice.
EDDIE: So you--
I mean, this is not just a hobby.
It's kind of a lifestyle for you.
Instead of going to market, you by shells, you drive, you
come out here and do it.
EDDIE: All the way.
TREVOR: I eat a lot of food out of here.
I come up here every Sunday to hunt.
I started planting fruit trees.
And eventually I'll just eat what's off of here.
People that eat meat and aren't willing to kill an
animal are fucking pussies.
And fuck them.

Bang bang.

EDDIE: Got him.
How do we do this.
How do we get these--?
TREVOR: Hopefully we see some rabbits down here.
And we'll walk down here and sneak in,
and see what happens.

EDDIE: Should we stand somewhere in particular?

Where is he?
Are those all your friends up there?
EDDIE: They're all in the bike gang and stuff?
TREVOR: No, not at all.
You'll meet the bike club after this.
What I was saying before is I've been teaching all these
hipster kids from the coffee shops how to hunt and shoot.
Trying to get the next generation coming.
And just the fact that everybody's moving from the
country to the city, it's a whole nother movement.
All these skills are being lost.

Nobody younger than us is hunting.
Nobody's applying for hunting licenses.
And it's just the whole thing's changing.
People don't do it.
That's the whole thing.
Teach them gun safety now and then they'll get it.
EDDIE: I'm holding this properly, right?
TREVOR: You're good--
EDDIE: On the back, yeah?
TREVOR: As long as you don't point it at me or anybody
else, were happy.
EDDIE: Just so the viewers know.
TREVOR: Kind of the bottom line.
EDDIE: Point it up and away, down and away.

EDDIE: Yo, so do you have, like, a stunt
rabbit for this show?
You know, one we could let loose.
TREVOR: I've got some rabbits that I raise, and I wonder how
they'll taste.
EDDIE: Yeah?
TREVOR: We could pull it out and kill it.
Billy, you wanna kill a rabbit?
With your hands?
BILLY: Yeah.
Want to grab one?
TREVOR: You've got to eat the heart.
BILLY: I will.
EDDIE: Which one are you going to pull out?
BILLY: This guy right here.
EDDIE: OK, perfect.
BILLY: Whitey.
TREVOR: Whitey.
We're going to kill Whitey.
EDDIE: Kill Whitey.
Kill Whitey!

I'm a man who--
I have no problem killing shrimp.
I have no problem killing a crab.
I have no problem killing a fish.
I'll drop a live lobster in a pot of boiling water and not
think twice about it.
But I have a moral inconsistency.
Because watching that rabbit die under that dude's knee--
And we knew for weeks that we were going to come watch
Trevor either shoot a wild rabbit or slaughter a rabbit
that he raised for slaughter.
And still, our crew was not emotionally prepared and did
not know how they were going to feel.
Tough, right?
MALE SPEAKER: I still want it.
EDDIE: And now you don't feel so tough.
EDDIE: We're so cut off from the process of slaughter.
We're not reminded.
We don't see the image every day.
This enables these companies and these people, and even
places like my restaurant to sell you more animal protein
than you would actually eat if you were reminded and were
conscious of what had to go down.
It'd be hard to sell as much meat as people in America buy
if there were someone playing a video out front of a grocery
store, like this is what happened.
It's not a game.

MALE VOICE (OFFSCREEN): Don't worry about the fur.
BILLY: Yeah, he just seemed like dumbshit the
whole time I was--
MALE SPEAKER: Can I just shoot shit still, or no?

EDDIE: What's up, Trevor?
TREVOR: Hey, hey, man.
EDDIE: How you guys going to cook the rabbit?
TREVOR: So she decided to bread it, buttermilk it, and
deep fry it.
EDDIE: Nice.
Is she from the South?
Because I see this cast iron skillet.
TREVOR: No, she's from New Jersey.
But she's been working at a Southern restaurant, so I
think she's got her technique down.
Hell yeah.
TREVOR'S GIRLFRIEND: Wild rabbit is a little
bit gamier, for sure.
This is rabbit that we've been raising and feeding in a cage,
so there's a ton more meat and a lot more fat on it.
EDDIE: Try this.
This looks good.
A rabbit tender over here.

It's like a mix of chicken and gator.

Thank you very much for the rabbit.
It was delicious.
You got skills with that skillet.
Thank you for having us.
TREVOR: All right, man.
Good stuff.
Come by any time.
EDDIE: Thank you so much for that, man.
We'll see you soon.

EDDIE (NARRATING): Every time I eat meat now, I have to be
conscious of the fact that I am choosing to enable someone
to kill an animal and create a market demand for slaughter.
And I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
You just have to be conscious with the choice you make.
Every time you eat meat, just remember that bunny's head
fucking falling off.
You know?
And if you can still eat, more power to you, man.
Do you.
But I will try as long as I can to keep that image in my
mind, because I don't want to be unconscious of
what's going down.
"Fresh Off the Boat" with Eddie Huang.
We out.
For us, by us food show, kid.

EDDIE (NARRATING): Next up on "Fresh Off the Boat," we're
headed to San Francisco's Mission District to grow
cephalopods on the block with the Rice Paper Scissors crew.

EDDIE: We need this in Chinese school.
You know, man?
These Chinese kids don't use their dicks till they're 40.