American stand-up comedian Tony Hinchcliffe made several racist comments during a comedy show in Austin last week as Asian Americans continue to face rising hate crimes across the country.
The video: Peng Dang, a Chinese national stand-up comedian who performs in the U.S., shared a brief video of Hinchcliffe during their show last week, where the former introduced him on stage.
Last week in Austin, I got to bring up Tony Hinchcliffe. This is what he said. Happy Asian (AAPI) Heritage Month! pic.twitter.com/9XG6upit2a
— Peng Dang (@pengdangcomedy) May 11, 2021
- Hinchcliffe referred to Dang as a “filthy little f*cking ch*nk” as he asked the crowd to give Dang a round of applause.
- The audience cheered and laughed at Hinchcliffe’s remark.
- He then put on a fake Asian accent and said, “Oh, we make gunpowder,” “Oh, you want extra soy sauce” and “Oh, you borrow money from us.”
- The video also went viral on Tiktok shared by @mikekimcomedy.
Dang’s response: Dang told NextShark on Wednesday that he was shocked and upset by the comment, which followed Dang’s opening act that included a segment on the #StopAsianHate movement. A previous filming of this set has gone viral in China on Weibo.
- He said he had to “step outside during the performance,” as the comments upset him. Afterwards, they did not speak to each other.
- While he’s opened up for Hinchcliffe once before this incident, Dang noted the pair are not friends.
Hinchcliffe faces backlash: Many online did not find Hinchcliffe’s joke as amusing.
To paraphrase Richard Pryor: “Nothing is off-limits, a comedian can say whatever they want — but it better be funny.”
Nothing about that was funny.
— Paul Lazenby (@MaulerMMA) May 11, 2021
Why is this angry little horse on stage?
— Peter Kim (@peterkz) May 11, 2021
Funny, “puking in a bucket” was how most of us felt when we saw Tony’s Netflix special
— Erik Rivera (@ErikRivera) May 11, 2021
this is literally unacceptable and the audience laughing has me feeling rather disgusted
— Queen Kitten 👑 (@ElaniKitten) May 11, 2021
This shouldn’t have happened under any circumstances. It added nothing to the show and is literally punching down
— Alvin Newsome (@alvinsights) May 11, 2021
Rogan big ups this guy a lot. If this goes viral, as I think it will soon, he’ll get some shrapnel too.
— Avi Gavai (@Rantaramic) May 11, 2021
There are no words to describe how terrible this is. This isn’t humor. Most people would be horrified if he were speaking about blacks or Jews like like, but somehow it’s okay if it’s person who is Asian ??WTF?
— Recipe for disaster (@Honestyplease2) May 11, 2021
God I hate fucking jackholes like him. Pull this edge lord bullshit then either eat it up if the crowd is equally shitty or act like the crowd is afraid or too sensitive or they’re just “3 Edgy 5 You” instead of entertaining the notion that they’re as funny as a Klan rally.
— Richard Jeter (@MilesToGo13) May 12, 2021
He looks like a fucking sleep paralysis demon pic.twitter.com/lQ77n95Jdt
— losursus (@losursus) May 11, 2021
It’s so funny that these type of guys always talk about the brotherhood of comedy and shit and then go up and shit all over somebody they’re performing with? Like the main problem is obviously the racism but talking about another comic like that is so fucking rude + hypocritical
— Kath Barbadoro (@kathbarbadoro) May 11, 2021
NextShark has reached out to agencies that book Hinchcliffe’s comedy shows for further comment and will update this article accordingly.
Featured Image via Peng Dang