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  1. Michelle says:

    Awesome post. I absolutely loved and agree with his message.
    Ching chong is not an accent. In her attempt at trying to save face with this excuse, it completely backfires.
    I admit that I’m ignorant sometimes, that’s why I ask questions. Rosie O’ Donnell should, too. It’s embarrassing when a famous person and one looked up to, at that, perpetuates the shameful stereotype of “The Ignorant American.”

  2. resuri says:

    i heart beau sia. awesome awesome slam poet.
    on the subject of ching chong. i didn’t hear rosie’s comment, but if beau’s representations are correct, i think there is definitely an issue here. i think it’s primarily an issue of access. and i gotta say that the most aweful, false, exagerrated stereotypical jokes can be hilarious coming from other filipinos, but always always awkward coming from non-filipinos. it’s not as simple as i’m filipino so i can make fun of filipinos as much as i like. it’s really i can make fun of filipinos as much as i like because i am an insider, and the person i am telling it to is an insider, and we can trust that neither of us is going to misinterpret or misuse these jokes to attribute stereotypical characteristics beyond these jokes, to our culture and by extension, to ourselves. rosie doesn’t have that kind of access. and it IS as simple as that.

  3. ed adkins says:

    rosie’s error wasn’t saying something offensive- her mistake as not trying to understand what people were telling her about it. she obviously didn’t mean to offend, but that doesn’t excuse her ignorance.
    if she meant to be offensive, or said it in a venue where people would expect such offensiveness, people would have accepted it. comedians (just like slam poets and any kind of artist) should never be censored- its a slippery slope saying that anything is “off limits.”
    many great comedians say extremely offensive things, for many different reasons. the difference between them and rosie is that those people understand the effect they are trying to achieve and how the audience will take it.
    i dig that she seems to have been moved after watching the video, but i think it would be much more impacting and telling if she would say the same thing on the show where she started all this.

  4. Annalynn says:

    That guy was awesome – articulate, with a razor sharp wit. A well done retort.

  5. resuri says:

    slow down…i’m not saying rosie should be censored. she could say nothing but the “n” word for a full hour and while it would still be inappropriate and racist, even if she genuinely “didn’t mean to offend anyone,” i would personally defend her right to say it. free speech isn’t the issue here, ’cause no one is denying that she cannot be legally prohibited from saying “ching chong.” but just ’cause she can say it doesn’t mean she should, and certainly not in that context.

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