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Margaret Cho Responds to Critics Who Thought Her Golden Globes Bits Were Racist - Read Her Statement

Margaret Cho Responds to Critics Who Thought Her Golden Globes Bits Were Racist - Read Her Statement

Margaret Cho, who portrayed the divisive Cho Young Ja during the 2015 Golden Globes last night, is responding to critics who called the portrayal racially insensitive.

“I’m of North and South Korean descent, and I do impressions of my family and my work all the time, and this is just another example of that. I am from this culture. I am from this tribe. And so I’m able to comment on it,” the 46-year-old comedian told Buzzfeed. “I can do whatever I want when it comes to Koreans – North Koreans, South Korean. I’m not playing the race card, I’m playing the rice card. I’m the only person in the world, probably, that can make these jokes and not be placed in a labor camp.”

“When we have British people playing American icons, and there’s no backlash. But for Asian Americans, it’s a very particular set of expectations that we are set to maintain, and that in itself is racist,” Margaret added. “If it’s Asian Americans making fun of Asians, we’re claiming our own voice, we’re claiming our heritage. We’re claiming all of the aspects of our own culture, and we’re allowed to. Even though it may get us put in a labor camp. If that happens you have to send Bill Clinton to come and get me,” she joked.

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  • Ellie

    So what Cho is saying is that because she’s Korean, she can ridicule them without hurting them? Twisted logic. Haven’t we had enough trouble currently with people provoking and offending deliberately?

  • Utope

    It’s called free speech. We may not like what people have to say, but they have the right to say it. It’s called social commentary. The reason those in power don’t like it is because it points out what’s wrong with the system and thank goodness we have satirists, journalists and cartoonists who point that out. I may not like what they have to say, but they have the right to say it!

  • BossLady.100K

    Absolutely agree. If it were someone of another race saying these thing, it would be highly inappropriate. I think of it in familial terms: I can joke and talk about my family negatively, but you BETTER not do it!!

  • kellyf

    Racist against her own race… it was only a matter of time before someone was accused of that.

  • Ellie

    Then they also must accept the reactions from people that are offended. Lately these reactions have been violent. Is the ridicule and ‘satire’ worth the hurt it inflicts and the resentment it provokes?

  • Living in a box

    If this a free speech than why are people bashing Kirk Cameron? And why Paula Deen is being called racist?

  • Mike1288

    Oh please it is a joke. Are you going to criticize African Americans for their stereotypical jokes with one another and tell them not say the N word? I for one love race jokes. I make them myself all the time. I think people are too P.C.

  • James D.

    Not even funny.

  • Bwest

    I’ll repeat what I said! Still disappointed withJared! Because I haven’t put picture or comments about Julianne Moore the great drama actress winner film of GG? Because she beat Jennifer Aniston, who returned home empty-handed? It’s not fair…not cool!

  • amethyst

    It was a parody of North Korea; hilarious and spot on.

  • amethyst

    She was making fun of North Korea and did an excellent job of it.

  • LInda Rowlett

    Not everything is racist,, Sharpton didn’t say anything so it must not be.