PETALING JAYA - What do you do when you feel the lack of representation of your ethnicity in your local McDonald's restaurant? You become that representation.
That is what University of Houston students Jevh Maravilla and Christian Toledo when they hung a poster of themselves in a McDonald's restaurant located in Texas.
Maravilla, who is of Filipino descent, said that he got the idea when he and his friends saw a blank wall in the McDonald's they frequent.
"If you haven't noticed, there isn't a lot of Asian representation in the media. And I hope one day, I could see someone like me on the big screen," he said in a video clip on his YouTube channel.
The duo took a photograph of themselves in a neighbourhood event centre, edited the picture and sent it to Office Depot to develop it into a poster.
Maravilla then purchased a McDonald's employee T-shirt and obtained a tie, badge and walkie-talkie to masquerade as McDonald's employee "Jeff Bergara, Regional Interior Coordinator" to pull off the prank.
Maravilla, Toledo and a few other friends then pulled off the stunt at the restaurant one night, believed to be in July this year, before giggling and exiting the restaurant.
"Remember folks, all races deserve recognition and I guess I did my part," he said at the end of the video.
There is no indication that the poster has been taken down.
On Twitter, Maravilla tweeted that the poster has been up for 51 days. The post was liked close to one million times, and retweeted over 248,000 times, with many applauding his stunt.
Maravilla also thanked Crazy Rich Asian stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding for inspiring him.