Sunday, December 10, 2006

Rosie O'Donnell Makes Fun of Chinese People!

The Asian American Journalists Association has responded, saying: "We feel strongly that it is our responsibility to call attention to what we consider a mockery of the Chinese language and, in effect, a perpetration of stereotypes of Asian Americans as foreigners or second-class citizens."

Rosie's response (in basic terms, according to the NY Post): "Asians need to lighten up."

I find this personally appalling because Chinese people don't speak in a "ching chong" dialect...there is no humor in this.

As an Asian person who got this kind of crap from kids all through elementary school, I find this incredibly troubling and irresponsible for this woman to get on national television and do this...especially when she prides herself on being a gay activist.

Just a few weeks ago, she accused Kelly Ripa of being homophobic after Ripa and Clay Aiken had an uncomfortable exchange on "Live with Regis and Kelly". Aiken, who was filling-in for Regis, put his hand over Ripa's mouth as she was speaking. Ripa was obviously upset, and she responded with something like, "That's a no-no...I don't know where your hands have been..." Rosie about lost her mind on "The View" shortly after, and that's when she accused Ripa of being homophobic. In response to O'Donnell's accusation, Ripa said that she was insulted, partly Aiken would not have put his hand over a man's mouth...meaning that Aiken must not have respect for women--it's interesting to watch on YouTube, if you've got 5 extra minutes--

Otherwise, I'd like to end with this statement: Rosie O'Donnell is a disappointment. So is The View.


Anonymous said...

If people are upset about THAT they have too much time on their hands.

Anonymous said...

BTW, what does Rosie being gay have anything to do with a joke in which she was criticizing THE MEDIA?

You seem homophobic to be throwing that into the conversation, when it has NOTHING to do with the topic at hand.

tractorgurl said...

I see your point about this Michelle, and I think that Rosie needs to idle back a bit [I believe that to be your point in mentioning the Clay and Kelly thing, emphasis on that fact that she's been in the media mix lately with poor word choices] she should realize that if she's going to be in the public eye she should be more politically correct and even handed. And what's with the gong sound? If that was added to the clip later ok, but if the sound guys at The View did that???? NO... not cool.
And if you follow some of Michelle's links to her friends blogs, you will she is NOT homophobic.

Michelle said...

Thanks ANONYMOUS for being so BOLD on my blog...


The point I'm trying to make is that Rosie is a HYPOCRITE. She accuses RIPA of being HOMOPHOBIC(when CLAY AIKEN hasn't even come out!!) Then she goes on air and makes fun of an entire race.

I dare say you anonymous, are a racist.

Gay people are not more important than Asians...we are all human beings and individuals should be treated with respect and dignity.

Chinese people do not talk in a "ching chong" dialect. It's infuriating that an adult would be so insensitive when she herself, is sensitive to other societal issues.

It is incredibly insulting and as AAJA responded, she ultimately gives the impression that Chinese people are second class citizens.

I'll leave your post up ON MY BLOG so people can see my response to such an insulting and ignorant comment--not only to me, BUT AN ENTIRE ETHNIC GROUP.

Michelle said...

BTW anonymous, let me guess. You're not Asian.

Shanonn said...

I agree with you on this one Michelle.

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Cindy said...

Since I didn't see the Clay Aiken/Kelly Ripa exchange, I can't be sure what Ripa's motivation was. Maybe it was homophobia; I can see Rosie's concern.

But I did see Rosie's mocking of a Chinese dialect. As a fan of Rosie's, I was very disappointed and did not see the humor. I saw it as a racial slur. She should know better.