Saturday, August 25, 2012

10445: Megan Lochte—Cross-Cultural Expert…?

(Note: This post features content from Jezebel and nationwide new sources. MultiCultClassics commentary appears as italicized text.)

Jezebel posted the following about Megan Lochte, sister of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte:

Ryan Lochte’s Sister Is a Raging Racist Douchebag

By Dodai Stewart

This is sexy douchebag Ryan Lochte’s sister, Megan Lochte, in a 2008 appearance on a Maryland late night comedy talk show called Closing Time, hosted by Baltimore-based comedian Mickey Cucchiella. Enjoy.

In this four and a half minute clip — shot after the Olympic Games in Beijing — Cucchiella says to Megan, “Let’s talk about China. How long were you there?” Megan replies:

We were there for over a week. China was chinked out.

She then proceeds to use the word “chink” five more times, describing China as:

Chinks, everywhere.

Cucchiella suggests Megan not use the word “chink,” and Megan argues:

But it, like, fits them, because they’re like, chinks!

In what seems to be a feeble and horrifically offensive attempt at comedy, Megan also says that Chinese people “drive like ninjas.” When Cucchiella points out that ninjas are Japanese, Megan says:

They’re whatever we want, they’re Asian.

As if things could not get worse, the sister of gold medal winner Ryan Lochte describes the Great Wall thusly:

The Great Wall is misnamed. [It should be called] like, fucking huge OCD fence.

She also says “I don’t know about the commies over there.”

FYI, Megan’s Facebook page claims that she attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she studied “Multicultural Marketing.”

Her family, her school and her professors must be so proud.

Not surprisingly, Ms. Lochte submitted an almost immediate apology, albeit with a bizarre explanation, that was picked up by nationwide new sources:

Megan Lochte apologizes for racist video

There was something fishy about a talk show interview clip that went viral showing Ryan Lochte’s sister, Megan, coming across as a serious racist.

According to Megan Lochte’s Facebook page, she studied multicultural marketing at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Hmm. Multicultural studies. Dropping lots of c-racist bombs about her trip to Beijing to watch her brother during the 2008 Olympics on a talk show. It didn’t seem to make sense.

Well, it seems it was all a skit. Lochte caught up with Us Weekly to clear everything up in a statement:

“This was not a real interview, and it in no way reflects my true feelings or persona whatsoever. The intent was to make fun of the ignorance of people who actually do not have an understanding of other cultures and speak in racist ways.”

“The skit and my character were supposed to be making fun of ignorance. I do see how it was highly offensive to the viewer, but as seen by today’s widespread outrage, it clearly did increase awareness of the ignorance of those who are racist.

“While the intent of the script was to shed light on cultural ignorance. I realize that in application it did offend people, and for that I apologize.”

Ms. Lochte’s explanation is all-American bullshit. If it’s true, she’s still extraordinarily culturally clueless—and probably a bona fide racist. The comedienne’s act puts her in a league with fellow comics including Michael Richards, Gilbert Gottfried and Don Imus. Perhaps the multicultural marketing enthusiast should take a position at an Asian American advertising agency. Then again, she’s a more suitable candidate for any White shop on Madison Avenue.

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