On Tuesday, Colbert responded to the whole #cancelcolbert hashtag war. His response was very Colbert-esque in owning his right wing persona, taking a jab at all who joined the brouhaha such as Michelle Malkin, CNN, and the rest of the news media. Getting laughs with each bit of description and defense, I would say it was largely successful on his part, but somewhat unsatisfactory for me, because it lacked the one thing I was wanting from the whole thing, and knew I would never get. For him to drop the act for a second and address the issue, but that wouldn't happen, because that would stop the laughs.
One thing I thought was interesting though, is that he did not actually play the Ching Chong Ding Dong bit again but he merely made reference to it. He jokingly says "He is a character, he is not me!" and says "He thinks.. well you'd have to ask him but he's not returning my calls." Maybe everything that went down the last few days made the show realize the Ching Chong Ding Dong character was a bridge too far, that playing the character again would only incite more of a reaction. If that is what they realized, then I'm glad.
Regarding my original post, there was great discussion in the comments section. Though I am really glad and grateful for that, and most comments were very tactful and thought provoking, I did get numerous comments, (some in the comments section of other blogs) telling me to "Take a joke." and "How about you get a sense of humor?" One person in the comments section of the blog wrote this in reference to my question as to why he used Asians to jab at Synder:
"Expected to react in less of an embarrassing manner?" So I'm just expected to NOT be offended when I watch Colbert play a slanty-eyed-ignorant-Asian, who he says is a "Chinaman." I'm expected to sit tight and laugh like everyone else? Says who? Others noted time and time again that it is satire, and the whole purpose was to expose Dan Synder. I get that. I got that from the very beginning but again like I said, the words he used and the caricature he played, in it of itself is offensive to me and is offensive to many other Asian Americans. Why? Because we've had a long standing history with them. There was a point in my life when I had to watch my back walking home, because someone might throw gravel my way. When I was walking down the hallway in school, there was a good chance someone would utter a slur and push me into a locker. In class, kids would poke my back with their number 2 pencils, and utter those same slurs again. Day in and day out I experienced these things, and lastly, there was a point in my life where I couldn't go a day without a classmate saying "Ching Chong Ding Dong" at me, and calling me a "chink" replete with making slanty eyes. When they did, I knew they never saw me for who I was, all they saw was a slanty eyed ignorant caricature like the one Colbert so aptly personified. These experiences have become an indelible part of who I am. Like it is with anything, the scars only made me stronger, knowing what I wasn't, made me keener on who I was. The higher I had to climb to dig out, the better I got at reaching. But when I see things like the CCDD bit that Colbert did and him saying "The Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever" it brings me back to those times. Seeing others laugh at those words makes me think that people don't understand how people have been affected by them. That is why I felt like I had to write my original post. Also, I'd like to think for the most part, we as a country have greatly improved in understanding Asian Americans and I would like that progress to continue so my kids don't have to grow up in a world where they are bullied for something they should be proud of. The reaction to the post and the comments for the most part, gives me hope we are going in the right direction.