The lead voice actor in Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” and the FXX series “Archer” has apologized after letting out a “lazy and incompetent” joke that offended Asians and Asian Americans on social media.
The drama started on Sunday after H. Jon Benjamin shared a “quick idea” for a tea shop’s name on Twitter.
“Quick idea for the name of a tea shop – ‘ooh me so horny, me love you oolong time tea shop.’”
Benjamin, who also plays the lead in FXX’s “Archer,” was quoting a line from “Full Metal Jacket” that has since been used to stereotype Asians.
As such, it’s not surprising that his “joke” fell flat.
White people are at it again. 🤨 https://t.co/PSVCWPXzxb
— VacXcene-Nguyen (@VacXcene) September 22, 2018
Dr. Seuss was an occasionally racist pusshound. H. Jon Benjamin is now the spokesperson for Arby’s. Even your heroes let you down. Such is life.
— Simone Smith (@SimoneSmeef) September 22, 2018
So, this is just 1 example of how white ppl r responding to jon benjamin’s racist joke. & white ppl wonder y POC r fuckin angry at them all the time…#AsianTwitter #Racist #Racism #ProAsian @SimuLiu @AsianRailroader @Lolitas_Love @cmliwagdixon @TheChickLivesOn @mergerson_jms https://t.co/IURegOnHms
— Young Lee (@xhamonryex) September 23, 2018
Benjamin has since taken the racist joke down and consequently apologized in a pair of tweets.
“Sorry I offended many. I agree this ‘joke’ was lazy and incompetent and formulated quickly while making a cup of oolong tea. The fact that it was a famous line in a movie does not give me license to make light of the big picture stereotyping of Vietnamese people and Asian Americans in general.
“I’m sorry I ever made that cup of tea. And thanks for making me realize this in quick order.”
Sorry I offended many. I agree this ‘joke’ was lazy and incompetent and formulated quickly while making a cup of oolong tea. The fact that it was a famous line in a movie does not give me license to… https://t.co/H4InIpkZMC
— h. jon benjamin (@HJBenjamin) September 23, 2018
to make light of the big picture stereotyping of Vietnamese people and Asian Americans in general. I’m sorry I ever made that cup of tea. And thanks for making me realize this in quick order
— h. jon benjamin (@HJBenjamin) September 23, 2018
Twitter users had mixed reactions to his awakening.
Some thought he didn’t have to say sorry.
Why are you apologizing?
— Avery Corbin (@AvTheBrave) September 23, 2018
STOP APOLOGIZING FOR JOKES!
IT ENABLES THE INCREDULOUS.
— 🦖Brirannosaurus Wrecks Social Media (@redbuddhadojo) September 23, 2018
That offended somebody,? I’m offended that that was considered offensive.
— Jack Michaelson (@whyamiheredawg) September 23, 2018
At what point do we stop taking everything so seriously and let comedians tell jokes? It’s comedy, it’s meant in jest. Jokes may offend some, but the intent is to get laughs. We are getting to a point where people won’t feel free to speak anymore.
— Travis Hotard (@TravisHotard) September 24, 2018
People are too sensitive and have no sense of humor, and have obviously never seen Full Metal Jacket. 🙄
— Carol (@CarolCak3s) September 24, 2018
Others accepted his apology.
A sincere apology goes an oolong way. I’m Asain and before my disappointment for that joke could steep, you swallowed your pride by giving some acknowledge-mint to the bitter origins of that expression.
— Jay (@Jayt0626) September 23, 2018
Hello H. Congrats on apologising. This is a textbook example of what to do if you fudge up – delete, genuinely apologise. It’s all good man. Well done. You’re back in the good books 🙂
— sneaky Byroncé (@sneakybison) September 24, 2018
Apology accepted. For the record, though, we blame inappropriate tweets on Ambien, not oolong tea.
— Phatois (@nervoustwit) September 23, 2018
I’m not sure what you’re apologizing for as I missed it and the tweet is deleted, but in any case I always think it’s cool when someone says “sorry I” instead of “sorry you” or “sorry if”.. anyway you’re the man & I watch Bob’s Burgers all day.
— Aveline (@avelinedreams) September 23, 2018
However, others can’t let the “joke” go so quickly — especially that those “forgiving” him are not Asians.
Hell naw. I refuse your apology and I’m going to show people how much of a racist you really are for the pure fact that you would think of a “joke” to make light of exploitation of Asian women.https://t.co/JXdXueFIzP
— VacXcene-Nguyen (@VacXcene) September 23, 2018
this is the worst more lazy apology i ever seen. youre not even actually apologizing you fat piece of shit.
— kompma (@kompma1) September 24, 2018
the problem people had with it wasn’t the laziness or incompetence, it was the racism. which you still haven’t apologized for.
— Fancy (she/her) (@the_fancy_beast) September 24, 2018
ITT: white people quickly accepting an apology never meant for them. Also white people reassuring you that what you said “wasn’t even racist.” Why are y’all like this
— John Bai (@BohnJai) September 23, 2018
Racist people think racism isnt racist if they giggle.
— Jean Paul Gaudet (@JeanPaulGaudet) September 23, 2018
Just look at all the white people defending this guy and even “accepting” his weak ass apology even though they aren’t Asian. STFU and don’t speak on our behalf.
— Kenzo Kinh Nguyen (@KenzoKinhNguyen) September 23, 2018
What do you think?
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