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Margaret Cho Gag at 2015 Golden Globes Slammed as Racist by Viewers

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Some viewers of the 2015 Golden Globes felt that the segments involving Margaret Cho as a North Korean army general crossed the line into racism

Too funny or too far? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler‘s third and final Golden Globes hosting gig was, by most accounts, a success — save a controversial recurring gag involving fellow comedienne Margaret Cho as a North Korean army general under Kim Jong-un’s regime.

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The bit, which spoofed the recent drama with North Korea over the movie The Interview, rubbed some viewers (and critics) the wrong way, with many calling it racist and saying it perpetuated Asian stereotypes.

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One Twitter user wrote, “Wow this is some of the most racist s–t I’ve ever seen on tv @margaretcho. Didn’t you fight your whole career to avoid being a stereotype?” 

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Margaret Cho and Meryl Streep posed together during one of the recurring gags at the 2015 Golden Globes

Another tweeted: “Oof, that just derailed badly. I don’t care if it was Margaret Cho, that was just racist. #GoldenGlobes”

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Others, however, defended the stunt as satire, saying it was all in the name of comedy. “People who are calling @margaretcho’s #GoldenGlobes bit ‘racist’ need to learn what racism actually means,” comedian Adam Sank shared. “As well as satire.” 

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Cho, 46, for her part, retweeted someone else’s comment on it after the Globes. “Everyone freaking out about @margaretcho needs to chill? Comedy is not safe,” the tweet from Cameron Van Hoy read. 

UPDATE: Cho also addressed the controversy via Facebook, writing: “I’m of mixed North/South Korean descent – you imprison, starve and brainwash my people you get made fun of by me ?#‎hatersgonhate? ?#‎FreeSpeech?”

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