OCA Demands Apology from Rosie O’Donnell and "The View”
Washington, DC – OCA, a national Asian Pacific American organization dedicated to ensuring social justice for APAs, is deeply offended by Rosie O’Donnell’s mocking and imitation of Chinese newscasters.
On the episode, which aired December 7, 2006, O’Donnell was commenting on an appearance by an allegedly intoxicated Danny Divito on the show on November 29. In imitating the accents of the reporters, O’Donnell said,"The fact is that it's news all over the world. You know, you can imagine in China it's like, 'Ching chong, ching chong, Danny DeVito, ching chong chong chong chong, drunk, The View, ching chong." The statement was then followed by laughter and applause by the audience and her co-hosts.
O’Donnell has defended her actions by commenting on her official website that Asians should learn to "grasp her humor.”
"It is disheartening that the use of phrases such as ‘ching chong’ continues to be used to stereotype our very diverse community,” said Ginny Gong, OCA National President. "The use of such words is an insult to not only Chinese American, but all Asian Pacific Americans and anyone who supports diversity and tolerance.”
OCA Executive Director Michael Lin further added, "We hope that Rosie O’Donnell, the producers of ‘The View’ at ABC, and the public recognize the insensitivity shown through the remarks and reactions. Our community demands, and deserves a very public apology.”While the phrase "ching chong” is a humiliating ethnic slur usually directed at people of Chinese nationality or ancestry, the use of the phrase is usually directed at anyone of Asian descent. The phrase and its offensive connotations have been used by other celebrities such as Adam Carolla and Shaquille O’Neal. In both cases, OCA issued a public statement condemning the racist intentions of the phrases and an apology followed.
As of today, neither the network ABC, the producers of "The View,” or Rosie O’Donnell have issued a public apology. OCA is following up with letters to executives at the network, the show and to O’Donnell.