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John Liu thinks Rosie’s weak apology is acceptable

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

What is up with our Asian American leaders? First Guy Aoki hands Adam “Ching Chong” Carolla a yellow pass, now John Liu is accepting Rosie “I still think it was funny” O’Donnell’s apology. I just got this in my inbox:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: John Choe
Date: Dec 14, 2006 2:37 PM
Subject: [JohnLiuNYCCouncil] CM Liu Accepts Rosie O’Donnell’s Apology for Anti-Asian Caricature

Dear Friends,

Rosie O’Donnell apologized today for her stereotypical caricature of
Chinese people on “The View,” a talk show broadcast over the ABC
Network. For more information, please see links to recent news
reports below.

Council Member John Liu will be on television tonight to discuss
Rosie’s apology and to highlight the broader issue of promoting more
understanding in our society. The discussion will be broadcast on CNN
Headline News at 11:01 PM (EST).

John Choe | Chief of Staff
Office of Council Member John C. Liu
The Council of the City of New York

Ugh! Black/white racism and Rosie’s lame apology

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

What a freakin’ nightmare. As you might have noticed this blog was down practically all day. My host had to reboot my databases or something like that (I have no idea) and so my last two posts have completely disappeared.

Update: Oh looks like some comments got deleted too, so sorry folks. Please re-post if you remember what you wrote.

I don’t have time to repost everything, so basically I’ll ask you to please go and read these at their original blogs:

Beyond black and white racism – Reappropriate

Jenn takes on CNN’s lame black/white-only approach to racism:

How ironic, then, that the same article that purports to examine institutionalized, subtle racism is, itself, perpetuating the Black-White paradigm of race relations in America…

Based on the article, one would never even consider the effect of racism on non-Blacks or non-Whites; race becomes perceived as a problem that oppresses only African Americans, while those of us who are neither Black nor White become lost in the shuffle — despite the very real racism that we, too, face. With the Black/White paradigm, non-Blacks and non-Whites are faced with only two checkboxes to indicate their racial affiliation, neither of which describe us even remotely. Imagine if the National Census were using that system of racial self-reporting.

Rosie just apologized! – MAMAZILLA

Geraly tackles Rosie’s lame-ass so-called apology on The View this morning. Also check out Angry Asian Man’s take on it. Also, the video is here on YouTube:

then… THEN, i almost wanted to strangle someone. first of all, joy behar seems pretty dismissive of the whole thing. then, either she or rosie says something like,” are there any asians in the audience?” and two asian women in a front row wave. joy asks them if they were offended by the ching chong and they go “NO!” and clap and say “it was really funny”.

WTF!!!??? were they planted there or something???

Rosie O’Donnell’s publicist thinks Asians just don’t get the joke

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

I guess Rosie O’Donnell, like Michael Richards, believes she’s not a racist.

First came the non-apology via her blog (for some bizarre reason she blogs in uh, poetry, not prose):

1) Rosie:
for someone who comes off to be so sensitive and aware of lgbt issues, why did you think it was alright to mock Chinese people and the language on The View (re:danny devito: ching chong …)???

it was not my intent to mock
just to say how odd it is
that danny drunk
was news all over the world
even in china

it was not meant to mock

2) hi rosie,
i thought your impression of the news in china was a little offensive! it’s ok, though, I still love you-

didnt mean it 2 b offensive
in any way

3) Rosie, what made you think it was okay to make fun of the way Chinese people speak?

the joke was about the danny devito drunk news
making headines all over the world
including china
just comedy folks
no intent 2 harm


And even more offensively, her publicist basically dismissed the entire Asian-American community. (For the record, everyone from New York City Councilman John Liu to the Asian-American Journalists Association has spoken out about this.) From People.com:

Cindi Berger, publicist for O’Donnell said, “She’s a comedian in addition to being a talk show co-host. I certainly hope that one day they will be able to grasp her humor.”

Hmmm…. I guess those white kids who pulled their eyes back and sang “ching chong, ching chong” on my first day of class when I was in second grade had the same sophisticated sense of humor as Rosie. Perhaps one day I too, will reach that level of enlightenment.

(Thanks to Geraly and Phil C. for the updates!)

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Guy Aoki anoints Adam Carolla as an honorary Asian?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Adam carolla guy aokiHuh interesting… Guy Aoki, co-founder and president of the media watchdog group Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) practically anointed Adam Carolla as an honorary Asian when he appeared on his show on Thursday to discuss the Rosie O’Donnell ching chong incident.

From Angry Asian Man:

Guy Aoki was the Adam Carolla Show yesterday to talk about the incident. Yeah, you read that right—Guy Aoki and Adam Carolla. They’re like buddies now. Carolla considers himself “in” with Asians, having gone through fire, and somehow now a better man. Yeah, some of us aren’t so forgiving. Listen to the show segment here. Please. Did Guy Aoki give Carolla a Yellow Pass or something? Because it’s obvious to me that Carolla, who’s smug and patronizing throughout this clip (granted, he’s always like that), still doesn’t get it or give a damn. He’s just going through the motions and still doing penance for his own “ching chong” bit gone wrong. Please, stop.

Click the play button below to listen to the interview yourself or click here to download the MP3:

As activists, it’s important for us to keep good relationships with media people. But I think that can be done without quite so much sycophancy, especially when the person you’re fawning over himself used the ching chong routine just 8 months ago to mock the Asian Excellence Awards.

Is 8 months the statute of limitations on being offended by racial mockery? I guess I didn’t get the memo.

I have a lot of respect for the work Guy Aoki has done over the years in speaking out harmful media depictions of Asian-Americans. But I’d like to see him take a harder line against people like Carolla from now on.

Rosie O’Donnell mocks Asians with ching chong joke

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

the viewThe rumors have been confirmed. Rosie O’Donnell did indeed pander to the lowest common denominator by doing the ole ching chong routine on The View on Tuesday morning. Thanks very much to Geraly for being all over this!
The hosts were discussing how Danny DeVito’s drunken appearance had made their show particularly popular, and that it was probably even being shown in outer Mongolia. Rosie immediately started in with some “ching chong ching chong,” her interpretation apparently, of the Mongolian language.

You can view the video here. Click on the video labeled, “The View – Hot Topics – Danny DeVito”. It’s about 3 minutes long and around the 2:06 mark Rosie starts her “ching chong” thing.

Update: Okay sorry that my write-up of it a little inaccurate. As you might have guessed, I haven’t had the chance to actually watch the video yet. Luckily for us, it’s already up on YouTube! Enjoy… Also, it even made it to Gawker.