Margaret Cho praised Jay Leno for apologizing for her past jokes about Asians.
The 52-year-old comedian insisted she was oblivious to people making racist jokes because she had heard “so many” of them, but she was impressed by the 70-year-old TV host’s recent decision to apologize for the offensive jokes he made in the past. …
While discussing her upcoming appearance on Jay Leno’s Garage, Margaret was asked if she had been invited as a guest on CNBC before or after he apologized, and she told Entertainment Weekly, “Asian jokes are getting out of my head because I “I’ve heard so many of them. I do noise reduction with them.
“I ordered Jay a long time ago. It is very important for him to come up and take responsibility. I am so pleased with his answer. I accept your apology. “
In March, Jay admitted to doing the wrong thing by joking during his comedy acts that perpetuated racist stereotypes, including offering Koreans to eat dog and cat meat.
Jay, whose offensive jokes have drew criticism from the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) activists for over a decade, said, “At the time I made these jokes, I honestly thought they were harmless. I made fun of our enemy North Korea, and like most jokes, there was some truth in them. “
Jay defended his emotionless jokes for years, but now admits that he “knew it was wrong.”
The stand-up comedian who hosted The Tonight Show from 1992 to 2009 said, “At the time, the prevailing opinion was that a group was always complaining about something, so don’t worry about it.
“Whenever we received a complaint, there were two sides to the discussion: either ‘We need to deal with this’ or ‘Fuck them if they don’t understand the joke.’ Too many times I was on the side of the latter, even when deep down I knew it was wrong. “
Jay’s comments come amid a recent spike in attacks against Asian Americans.
And the TV star hopes that community members will be able to accept his apology.
In a joint statement with a group of activists, he explained: “I do not consider this particular case to be another example of a culture of abolition, but a legitimate evil that was committed on my part.
“MANAA has very kindly accepted my apology. I hope that the Asian American community can also accept them, and I hope that I can meet their expectations in the future. “