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NBC’s Today Show Top Story: Making Fun of the Chinese

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What the filth-flarn-filth? 

So I guess NBC’s Today’s show finds racism against Asians to be funny.

Yeah.  Hilarious.  Can’t. Stop. Laughing.  It’s right up there with the racist black jokes.  Where’s Michael Richards?  Maybe he can put it into his comedy routine.

I was watching E’s “The Soup” and caught a clip of Al Roker and some other woman (I couldn’t tell who it was) going into a store asking a chinese female clerk if she could help them find a gift for a person they believe to be the clerk’s cousin.  Then they pull out a picture of Kathy Lee Gifford. 

See, Kathy is supposed to be the clerks’s cousin because Kathy’s maiden name is Lee.  And the clerk’s name is probably Lee because she’s Chinese.  So they’re cousins.  That’s comedy. 

Get it?  No?!

Well, they do.  So much they revamped the joke from a few days ago when Kathy Lee recounted how Al called her up on her birthday with a fake Chinese accent. 

The Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA) didn’t find the joke funny either and sent NBC a letter complaining about the behavior.  I’m surprised that the AAJA even watches the NBC morning show; it’s not as if the Today show delivers the news.

I guess we should just lighten up because I’m sure if Al Roker saw anything that even broached making fun of African Americans that others would find offensive then he would just laugh it off, wouldn’t he?


Written by rentec

30 August, 2008 at 2:53 am

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  1. Apparently, in America, it’s still okay to poke fun at Asians or use racist comments or jokes without repercussions. The thing that really stings is that the African-American community, and Jewish community won’t do a damn thing if someone like Sarah Silverman makes an offensive Asian joke.

    Where’s Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson when Asians are offended? They’re no better than the White racists that go after the Blacks. They’re all just looking out for their “own kind” and don’t give a shit about fairness and equality.

    Asians are still quasi-humans to White America.


    15 August, 2012 at 10:45 pm

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