Margaret Cho: White People Scold Asians About Race "Because They're Too Scared to Tell Black People"
"Whenever white and black people fight, Asians and Mexicans don't know what to do. Because we're like, 'Umm, are we white?' We just want to be on the winning side."
After Margaret Cho and Seth Meyers reminisced on Tuesday's Late Night about her gag at the Golden Globes, in which she played a North Korean journalist just after the Sony hack around The Interview, she noted that she received a particular amount of backlash from a white audience.
"I think what it is is that white people like to tell Asians how to feel about race because they're too scared to tell black people," Cho noted. Host Meyers agreed, saying, "It's a jackpot for us because we want to scold people about race too, but we're too scared."
Cho continued, "It's easier — we have less melanin, we're not gonna protest, there's no #KoreanLivesMatter!"
"The hardest thing is, I am so down with all of the protests against police violence and police brutality — it's something we've been dealing with," she then explained. "It's not just Eric Garner, it's not just Baltimore; for me, it goes back to Amadou Diallo and Rodney King. But whenever white and black people fight, Asians and Mexicans don't know what to do. Because we're like, 'Umm, are we white?' We just want to be on the winning side."
Of her race-related punchlines — amid the discussion by Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn of how political correctness is ruining comedy — she added, "We're just trying to, in a way, just make people happy. So I always think jokes are OK, you're able to say whatever."
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