Margaret Cho Defends Golden Globes Character: "I Am Korean, By the Way!"

Margaret Cho continues to explain her controversial Golden Globes segments.

The comedian, who dressed up as a North Korean journalist for Sunday's awards telecast, addressed viewers' reaction to the bits during Saturday's episode of TLC's All About Sex, which she co-hosts. The character has been criticized for perpetuating a stereotype.

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"It was crazy," Cho said of the attention. "It was really exciting."

When fellow co-host Marissa Jaret Winokur mentioned that Cho did an impression of a North Korean, Cho chimed in: "I am Korean, by the way!"

Winokur then asked Cho whether her ancestry makes the character OK. "It does make it OK," Cho said. "I'm the only person that can make jokes about it and not be placed in a labor camp, so I think I'm pretty lucky."

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Because of the TLC show's general focus (feel free to reread its title if you're unclear), Cho was asked if the segments affected her bedroom life. "I took that uniform home, and I was like, 'Yeah, do you like my warhead now?' " Cho joked.

Shortly after the Golden Globes, Cho took to Twitter to fire back at critics. "I'm of mixed North/South Korean descent — you imprison, starve and brainwash my people, you get made fun of by me," she wrote Monday.

All About Sex airs Saturdays at 11 p.m. on TLC. A clip can be seen below.

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