Friday, December 15, 2006

Rosie Rosie Rosie

Now I love Rosie O' Donnell, I love watching her on the view, really she's great! BUT, her recent "impression" of Chinese broadcasters where she said ching chong, because clearly that's what all Chinese people sound like. Now if Rosie had just apologized I would have been fine. But her apology was so half assed it made me mad. While she apologized for offending people, she minimized her statement and the hurt felt by Asian Americans. Apparently someone told her that saying Ching Chong is equivalent to calling someone a Nigger, she was like "come on", while I don't necessarily agree, I'm not Asian American and I can't say that that isn't true. You can't diminish someone's pain. She said that she does a lot of accents, but what she doesn't get is that, that was not an accent! My freshman year in college, my roommate was Chinese and she spoke fluent mandarin, and never ever did she sound like "ching chong", when she spoke.
I love Rosie but I feel like her pride got in the way of her giving a truly genuine apology. I'll grant her that her apology was better than Michael Richards' (but that isn't really a hard to beat). Rosie just doesn't want to be aligned with Michael Richards, which rightfully she shouldn't, but she needs to recognize the inherent racism in her comments.


FEMily! said...

Did you see her apology on The View this week? She said that she didn't mean to offend, but then I think Joy Behar pointed to two Asian women in the audience and asked if they were offended. When they said no, Joy was like, "See? They thought it was funny." How lucky Joy was to have the two representatives of the entire Asian community in the audience that day to speak on China's behalf!

Anonymous said...

Whoa. Thats really really sucky : /

By the way, jrnywmn, i love reading your blog... : x

JrnyWmn said...

yeah emily that apology was weak.

thanks a lot moni!

“I remember how being young and black and gay and lonely felt. A lot of it was fine, feeling I had the truth and the light and the key, but a lot of it was purely hell.” ~Audre Lorde