) Would the girls have cherished the insult amidst the backlash andpressure that even reached British and Indian politicians?Even if a record 30,000 complaints have been received over the racist remarks,as with the uproar surrounding the A&F shirts and the advertisements, together with all the laws and conventions legislated to prohibit discrimination, feelings of both superiority and inferiority between the races continue to cause friction andunease in society.
Rosie and the Ching Chongs
Would television-watching children get influenced not only by reality TV stars butalso by show hosts and guests, including Rosie O’Donnell, who feigned aChinese accent on the December 5 edition of “The View”? In it she said,ridiculing the idea of Danny Devito being drunk on the show: “The fact is that it’snews all over the world. You know, you can imagine in China it’s like, ‘Chingchong, ching chong, Danny DeVito, ching chong chong chong chong, drunk, TheView, ching chong…”
For a long-time personality like O’Donnell to portray the Chinese language likethat, trivializing another culture for the sake of entertainment, reveals not only thefact that discrimination has long been exploited by comedians, but the reality thatsensitivity towards different races is far from common. It seems thatentertainment earns a higher value than tolerance and respect.Racial prejudices are not only promoted by the mainstream media, they are alsoactively peddled by groups and individual members of society. For the latter, thefastest and most prevalent way of spreading such biases, still in the form of entertainment, comes in the form of privately passed racist jokes. Below are afew posted on the sitehttp://www.racist-jokes.com:
I like black people……I used to have some black friends 'till my dad sold them! White folks aren't racist……we've all got colored TV's! Why was white chocolate invented? So nigger kids could get messy too! How do you know if a chink robbed your house? Your homework is done, your computer is upgraded, but two hours later thechink is still trying to back out of your driveway! How many Jews can you fit in a VW Beetle?