Comedian Harry Jon Benjamin has pissed off Asian Twitter with a joke he tweeted. The 52-year-old comedian best known for voicing characters on cartoons such as Archer and Bob’s Burgers got some heat when he tweeted, “Quick idea for the name of a tea shop-‘ooh me so horny, me love you oolong time tea shop'”.
Well, it seems the joke did not go exactly the way Benjamin wanted it too. The joke references a scene in “Full Metal Jacket” where a Vietnamese prostitute in an Asian accent says, “me so horny, me love you long time.” The saying has been a thorn in the side of Asians ever since the movie was released. The term is usually used by racists to disparage Asians and especially Asian women.
The tweet was met with immediate calls of racism. Asian twitter was upset and let Benjamin know it.
@VacXcene tweeted, “White people are at it again.”
@BohnJai tweeted, “Damn that’s really funny ha ha we love white people jokes lol”
@gracelynnkung tweeted, “So disappointing to read from someone whose work I admired.”
@AsianRailroader tweeted, “Just ANOTHER example of white liberal racism. Making fun of women forced into sex slavery who were raped/tortured/murdered is ok bc they’re Asian right?”
@shanrenzhe tweeted, “I would beat this guy but that would be animal cruelty.”
Harry Jon Benjamin ended up taking the tweet down and issued an apology. “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.”
After the apology, some were still not happy about it.
@VacXcene tweeted, “Hell naw. I refuse your apology and I’m going to show people how much of a racist you really rea for the pure fact that you would think of a “joke” to make light of exploitation of Asian American.”
While @xhamonryex tweeted, “We get a half-assed insincere joke of an ‘apology’ & his white fans arguing he shouldn’t have to apologize at all, & tmrw, more white ppl will make #racist jokes & make halfassed fake apologies for them. thnx for being part of the problem, jon. #AsianTwitter #Racism #ProAsian @HJBenjamin u really think neone’s going to think this fakeass apology is in ne way sincere? the way u passive aggressively make excuses for urself bc it was a ‘famous line’ & then mock the ppl u offended by saying ‘sorry i made a cup of tea?’ really? wow, man… #AsianTwitter”
Most people accepted his apology, while others didn’t think an apology was even necessary. To read what others have said just click on the tweet below or click here.
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