‘Archer’ Voice Actor Apologizes After Racist ‘Me Love You Oolong Time’ Joke on Twitter

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.

Image via Flickr / Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

“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.

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.”

Twitter users had mixed reactions to his awakening.

Some thought he didn’t have to say sorry.

Others accepted his apology.

However, others can’t let the “joke” go so quickly — especially that those “forgiving” him are not Asians.

What do you think?

Featured Images via Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 3.0) (Left) and Fox (Right)

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