Another comedian getting his tits in a tangle over raaaaaacism

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How ironic is it that a Asian comedian should be the one to lecture us all on why Asian jokes aren’t funny? Making fun of other people’s languages and accents is a staple of comedy yet comedian James Rocque whose stand up comedy in the video below is based on Asian stereotypes has written an article explaining why mocking Asian accents is not okay.

Think the racist menu is OK? Fine! Just know you’re making others feel like shit

No one can make you feel anything without your permission. When we moved to Melbourne when our daughter was still a baby the Australians thought my accent was British and were surprised when I said that I was a Kiwi. Once they knew that I was a New Zealander they then mocked the way Kiwis say fish and chips. According to them, we say fush and chups. We had a giggle over it and that was that. Why would I be offended? It’s true, we do say it like that just as Aussies make the word “dance” rhyme with “romance”

[…] Last week I read a tweet about an Asian fusion restaurant in Christchurch named Bamboozle, which had a menu that consisted of offensive made-up food names such as “Ho Lee Kok”, “Eja Ku Rait” and the absolute banger “Chirri Garrick An Prawn Dumpring”. Now, like any millennial worthy of the title, my initial thoughts were “surely this is just a really offensive meme” and “there’s no way this is a real menu”. But, after doing some Googling I was absolutely … bamboozled (sorry) to discover the screenshot I was staring at was the actual menu for a real-life restaurant that existed on planet earth in the year 2018.

So I retweeted the tweet and shared it with a bunch of other Asian friends on Facebook […]

Later in the week I woke up to find that the Herald had picked up the outrage as a story […]

[…] The comments section was swimming with white people saying that the menu “wasn’t offensive” or that “it was just a joke” or that it was “hilarious”. One even went as far as to say that “they loved it” and that it actually made them want to eat there even more. […]

[…] This menu is racist. It is. There’s no other way around it. It’s a menu made up of items that are named using generic Asian gibberish that has been used to degrade, discriminate against and dehumanise Asians in western culture since way back – that is literally the dictionary definition of racism. Think it’s just a joke? That’s fine. But it’s a racist joke. A racist joke born out of wilful ignorance with an end goal of having people laugh at Asian people’s inability to pronounce words correctly.

So I guess in his stand up comedy his making fun of the size of Asian men’s penis’s wasn’t a degrading or a racist joke? Maybe it was okay because it wasn’t ” born out of wilful ignorance” but personal experience? I am sure that Asian people find our attempts to pronounce their various languages incredibly funny too.

Which brings me to the thing that makes reading comments about race-related issues feel like grating my face into a white-painted metal fence: white people explaining to people of colour what they should or shouldn’t be offended by.

Just like comedian Oscar Kightely in his rant about Golliwogs  James feels comfortable being racist toward white people and telling them that their opinions don’t count because of the colour of their skin. Does James really think white people don’t get mocked for their accents? White people are incredibly diverse. They are mocked for Irish, Australian, Kiwi, Dutch, German, French, South African, and so many other accents so they have every right to express an opinion on whether or not finding humour in an Asian accent is acceptable behaviour.

Now, if you’re a white person reading this, here are two points I’d like to share with you.

First, I understand that you may not be a racist person. I get that you mean it when you say you genuinely don’t have a problem with anyone, no matter what race they are. But know it’s possible to not harbour genuine hate for another ethnicity in your heart, yet still support behaviour that perpetuates that hate. For example, encouraging and supporting this restaurant while they have this menu that openly mocks Asian people.[…]

I really don’t understand how James can be a comedian if he really believes what he is saying. Making fun of people using stereotypes like in his standup routine above is bread and butter for any comedian. By telling the public that humour based on stereotypes is offensive and harmful he is putting himself out of business.

-The Spinoff


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