Video: Rosie apologizes for “ching chong”; Update: Apology not accepted

posted at 2:32 pm on December 14, 2006 by Allahpundit

I half-expected her to say “so solly.” As it is, we’ll have to be content with her momentarily confusing Japanese with Chinese. Oh, and mocking Norwegians.

Too bad I couldn’t include the intro, which involved Hasselbeck talking about her “cycle.”

Update: It’s never enough.

Karen Lincoln Michel, president-elect of Unity: Journalists of Color Inc., said O’Donnell’s remarks “really didn’t sound like an apology to me.”

Lincoln Michel said Unity was waiting for Barbara Walters, who created the show, to respond to a letter asking her to publicly acknowledge that O’Donnell’s remarks were “patently offensive.”

“I think by allowing Rosie O’Donnell’s cheap jabs at Chinese Americans to go unchecked, then the network is essentially condoning racial and ethnic slurs,” Lincoln Michel told the AP in a phone interview.


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starflyer on December 14, 2006 at 2:38 PM

Its very ALlah.

amerpundit on December 14, 2006 at 2:39 PM

Well…There you go again.

R D on December 14, 2006 at 2:40 PM

She didn’t apologize for being a belligerent slob.

JammieWearingFool on December 14, 2006 at 2:45 PM

Just can’t keep her big mouth shut can she?

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on December 14, 2006 at 2:47 PM

Looking at her face offends me.

maintenanceman on December 14, 2006 at 2:48 PM

What’s that word we use to describe people that are incapable of learning from their previous mistakes? You know. When they just keep doing the same stupid thing over-and-over-and-over again?

CyberCipher on December 14, 2006 at 2:49 PM

… because that is how my brain works

Says who?

sailingdutchman on December 14, 2006 at 2:51 PM

I know I’m speaking for just about every male in this country when I say that the day Rosie O’Blubberbutt came out of the closet and admitted she was gay was one of the happiest days of my life. What a relief!

Love the pic.

Dave R. on December 14, 2006 at 2:51 PM

Looking at her face offends me.

It make me want to RRRRRAAAAAALLLLLLLPPPPPPHHHHH!!!!!

Dave R. on December 14, 2006 at 2:53 PM

Kinda like all of the left, very close to a non-apology apology. (see waffles kerry in dictionary)

Any ammend with explanation & justification is NOT an apology, it’s justifying their stupid act of selfishness and bias.

Don’t you hate when people aplogize WITH an explanation, that tries to makes it OK?

as she is Pre-justifying another bigoted(unless its a gay thing) rant.
…she says ‘It’s how my mind works’?
She has two minds…one is LOST and the other is OUT looking for it.

shooter on December 14, 2006 at 2:57 PM

Well, I clicked again (after I said I wouldn’t). This time I was eating lunch… Darn you Allah, when will it stop?

Babs on December 14, 2006 at 3:02 PM

That was a very queer way to apologize.

right2bright on December 14, 2006 at 3:08 PM

burp…!!!

areseaoh on December 14, 2006 at 3:08 PM

We want the Elizabeth clip!

infidel on December 14, 2006 at 3:09 PM

Too bad I couldn’t include the intro, which involved Hasselbeck talking about her “cycle.”

Thank goodness!

CliffHanger on December 14, 2006 at 3:12 PM

I think the key phrase is “unbeknownst to me.” Assuming that Rosie didn’t grow up in a community with a significant Asian population, this might be completely true, that she didn’t know that people mock Asians with the offensive phrase.

I know that, until I read about such things, it never occurred to me that Asian kids had to endure that kind of taunting, simply because there weren’t any Asian kids where I grew up. Where I come from, bullies had other targets, including skinny kids who carried trombones to school. But I’ve recovered from my days of being labeled a “band fag” …

Ali-Bubba on December 14, 2006 at 3:14 PM

Too bad I couldn’t include the intro, which involved Hasselbeck talking about her “cycle.”

The triple is always the hardest one to get.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on December 14, 2006 at 3:18 PM

unbeknownst to me

Good thing she didn’t say Maccaha(sp)

Gwillie on December 14, 2006 at 3:21 PM

Rosie, what an odd name for someone so cynical and dreary. A non-apology from a liberal apologist. The problem with Rosie, which is the problem with liberalism itself, is the hypocrisy. I don’t care about the ching-chong incident, she was trying to be funny. We all need to lighten up so I don’t find anything offensive. However, the reason it became an issue at all is Rosie’s big mouth. She feels at ease to condemn anyone else for insensitivity, so at ease to play the PC card. But she also feels at ease to engage in the very activity she demonizes. She finds herself in trouble for the ching-chong comment simply because she’s a hypocrit. No finer example than the homophobe accusation she hurled at Ripa just days before she Chinged-Chonged. This is the beautiful irony I confess I love. It makes me quite happy to see PC artists choke on their own PC bile. The same way I feel satisfaction knowing a rapist is going to prison where upon he will be raped. It’s called poetic justice. Rosie, make sure the house you inhabit is not made of glass if you’re going to throw stones……

ritethinker on December 14, 2006 at 3:21 PM

Is there a more offensive pig around? I don’t think so, Hey Rosie, sneak in a salad every once in awhile…

Sacwannabe on December 14, 2006 at 3:28 PM

okay..let me preface by saying I detest Rosie, and have said such before..but with that said.

What she did wasn’t offensive, in itself. It was her hypocrisy that was offensive. So, to listen to her explain herself, when she didn’t really do anything wrong – makes me sad for us. Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, and no one has the right to live without being offended.

Sticks and stones, Folks.

Rosie’s a git, no doubt…and a hypocrit. But let’s stay on her about that, not about what she said.

tickleddragon on December 14, 2006 at 3:32 PM

Always remember that a backhanded apology is no apology at all.

Buzzy on December 14, 2006 at 3:35 PM

Like I said yesterday, is she just stupid or is this just classic liberal dishonesty… YOU WEREN’T DOING A CHINESE “ACCENT” ROSIE! On her blog and in previous clips we’ve seen her excuse it by saying “I do an Irish accent”, etc. which is apples and oranges. “CHING CHONG” ISN’T AN ACCENT! GET IT?! I’m more annoyed that people are completely missing that little switcheroo she’s pulling. But this clip is even worse because not only does she insinuate that she was just doing an “accent”, she flat out called it an accent! Go back and watch the clip again if you missed it.

RightWinged on December 14, 2006 at 3:35 PM

I’m always a fan of the “I’m sorry you were offended” apologies.

wilkeson on December 14, 2006 at 3:37 PM

What’s that word we use to describe people that are incapable of learning from their previous mistakes? You know. When they just keep doing the same stupid thing over-and-over-and-over again?

Multiple Kerriosis,

Latin: Swiftboatum Liaritus

fogw on December 14, 2006 at 3:38 PM

What is the viewership of the uh… View ?
Does it appeal nationwide – a bunch of screeechy New Yorker Media-Has-Beens pontificating with the arch charmless wit that only New Yorkers of the Upper East Side can muster, on things they know nothing about? Is this a niche market or something?
Allapundit watches it … okay, for um, intelligence purposes … er, right?
Sorry, really have no idea. It’s slick nothing, giving deeper meaning to the word “airtime” and yet incredibly, Rosie must have pissed off some of the audience, who ever they are, enough to have been leaned on by the management to apologize… hard to figure.

naliaka on December 14, 2006 at 3:39 PM

shooter, that was my first thought… sounds like Sen. Kerry.

dalewalt on December 14, 2006 at 3:39 PM

I think I’ve lost 15 pounds since you started posting her pic………someday my stomach will settle back down.

P. James Moriarty on December 14, 2006 at 3:44 PM

BTW, whatever happened to the hotair “view”?

P. James Moriarty on December 14, 2006 at 3:45 PM

Rosie just doesn’t know when to shut up.

The Ugly American on December 14, 2006 at 3:49 PM

BTW, whatever happened to the hotair “view”?

I can’t wait for Michelle to start broadcasting from Iraq!

Hotair TV will make it onto mainstream news.

Theworldisnotenough on December 14, 2006 at 3:53 PM

The next couple of years will be fun, mocking liberals and being on the offense.

Theworldisnotenough on December 14, 2006 at 3:53 PM

I, too, have to agree with Shooter.

When you screw up – especially if you do it so publicly and in way that makes you such a clear hypocrite – just frickin’ apologize.

Unequivocally. Simply. In short sentences. In fact, there’s only one apology necessary, in every situation:

“I am truly sorry. I screwed up. I apologize, and hope you forgive me. It won’t happen again.”

That’s it. All that’s necessary. Once you start telling me WHY you did what you did, you ain’t apologizing – you’re giving me excuses.

Why do most 8-year old olds understand this, and most adults never will?

Professor Blather on December 14, 2006 at 3:54 PM

Can we get her to apologized for being a self-righteous, hypocritical, douche bag?

x95b10 on December 14, 2006 at 3:56 PM

If you ask me (and I grew up on Long Island, just like the rosie did), “ching chong” is used to mock the Chinese as stupid, without anything worthwhile to say. It’s never “ching chong ling tsing” or “ching chong tsao bling”, it’s always just “ching chong” over and over again. It is not an accent as she claims. It’s just an indication as to how someone thinks what they have to say in not worth while. Hard to believe that the Rose-ass didn’t know that this is very racist. Plus, it really isn’t funny.

bloggless on December 14, 2006 at 3:58 PM

Does this make Rosie a “China Rose”?

bloggless on December 14, 2006 at 3:58 PM

One has to wonder how long it took Barbra Walters to explain to Rosie that her job is at pleasure. Bab’s pleasure.

Snake307 on December 14, 2006 at 4:02 PM

If I were Rosie, I would not be ordering any Chinese Food in the near future.

bloggless on December 14, 2006 at 4:04 PM

Sure, old lard arse didn’t mean to “offend” anybody. Like I’ve said before, O’Donnell is all meat and no brains.

lynnv on December 14, 2006 at 4:13 PM

We’ve become a nation of panty-waists! Everyone apologizes for everything—even if they don’t think they did anything wrong. Ergo we get a lot of “if you were offended, I apologize”.

It’s time to grow some spine and tell the perpetually offended to step off.

Now if I truly offended someone accidentally, I’d apologize. Rosie, I think, gets a C-/D+ for her apology/justification once it was brought to her attention.

If anyone is offended by this post—step off.

jdpaz on December 14, 2006 at 4:13 PM

CyberCypher:

What’s that word we use to describe people that are incapable of learning from their previous mistakes? You know. When they just keep doing the same stupid thing over-and-over-and-over again?

Einstein called it insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results each time.

WriterMom on December 14, 2006 at 4:16 PM

I can’t believe I am commenting on this stupid pig, but I have to ask: did she really say “it was never an attempt to mock anyone…”?

Of course it was. It was the definition of mocking. Wasn’t it?

Jaibones on December 14, 2006 at 4:19 PM

It should be noted that the original meaning for “apology” is “to give a reason or defense.”

jdpaz on December 14, 2006 at 4:19 PM

“If I were Rosie, I would not be ordering any Chinese Food in the near future.”

Heh-heh, I can see it now? Her famous last words:

“Joy? Does this chow-mein have a bitter almond taste to you?”

The sooner this a-hole is off the air, the better.

georgej on December 14, 2006 at 4:20 PM

Leopards don’t change their spots.
Leftists don’t change their methods.

Black Adam on December 14, 2006 at 4:32 PM

What she did wasn’t offensive, in itself. It was her hypocrisy that was offensive. -Tickleddargon

I totally agree with you. I’m not Chinese, but Chinese is my second language, and I didn’t find Rosies “bit” offensive (or funny, but that’s not the debate) at all.
I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong or offensive in mimicking another language. I think you can tell if someone is doing it with an intent to mock and taunt, and it didn’t come across that way at all, in my opinion. I think that the “I’m sorry you were offended” apology fits here, just like it fit for the Pope.
I don’t like Rosie, but I think a lot of people are completely overreacting on this one, as well as suddenly developing all these PC sensibilities that we don’t often show in other cases. We need to pick our battles and avoid crying “Wolf” over every little thing.

In regards tothe following comment:

If you ask me (and I grew up on Long Island, just like the rosie did), “ching chong” is used to mock the Chinese as stupid, without anything worthwhile to say. It’s never “ching chong ling tsing” or “ching chong tsao bling”, it’s always just “ching chong” over and over again.
bloggless on December 14, 2006 at 3:58 PM

Not to pick on you, blogless, but just to prove a point that trying to mimic a language isn’t inherently wrong: “tsing” and “bling” are not real Chinese words.Ching, chang, ling, and tsao are real Chinese words; good guessing. You used Chinese sounding words to try to represent the Chinese language. This is what Rosie did. Is it offensive when she did it, but not you?

tikvah on December 14, 2006 at 4:35 PM

o’bese

jummy on December 14, 2006 at 4:46 PM

“I am truly sorry. I screwed up. I apologize, and hope you forgive me. It won’t happen again.”

If anyone has Waffles Kerry’s email address, would they forward that to him.

Mallard T. Drake on December 14, 2006 at 4:48 PM

the screencap says it all

VTWaldrup on December 14, 2006 at 4:57 PM

Tikvah! Oy! I was just trying to illustrate the point that saying “ching chong” repeatedly is implying that the Chinese have nothing worthwhile to say. You appear to have missed the point. I don’t know many Chinese words. As to it being offensive when Rosie does it and not when I do it, I can only say that many things are offensive when Rosie does it and not offesive when I do it. Life’s a beach, capiche?

bloggless on December 14, 2006 at 5:04 PM

Guyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyys, I have to say it. I think you’re all missing the point.

Rosie’s REAL offense here is a complete lack of imagination and pure laziness. It’s easy to “ching-chong” your way to a cheap laugh…You’ll always find someone who’ll howl at the stereotype. If she REALLY wanted to use the “They’re even talking about this in China” angle to deliver a joke on the situation, why didn’t she just FIND SOMEONE WHO SPEAKS Mandarin, or one of the other dialects, get the tech in the booth to SUBTITLE her, and deliver the gag?

Rosie…I guess research is out of the question. But why not try to show a little of what got you to the game in the first place? You know? The “being funny’ thing? Especially since you have a daily forum from which to bloviate, and it looks like your going to be there for quite a while longer.

52Ranger on December 14, 2006 at 5:05 PM

Was that Dari Alexander formerly from “FOX NEWS”
sitting next to Rosie O ? ? ? ?

Anyone

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,34716,00.html

Texyank on December 14, 2006 at 5:11 PM

Nevermind. . . I just now saw the other View Clip.
And it is Dari. What in the World . . . . .

Was that Dari Alexander formerly from “FOX NEWS”
sitting next to Rosie O ? ? ? ?

Anyone

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,34716,00.html

Texyank on December 14, 2006 at 5:11 PM

Texyank on December 14, 2006 at 5:15 PM

A fine representative of the liberal establishment if I ever saw one. Please Rosie, continue! More clips please Allah. Maybe one just of Elizabeth sometime. Tough to get I know because she rarely has a chance to get a word in sitting inbetween the behemoths of hot air, Behr and O’Donnel.

darwin on December 14, 2006 at 5:28 PM

I was just trying to illustrate the point that saying “ching chong” repeatedly is implying that the Chinese have nothing worthwhile to say. You appear to have missed the point

Hey bloggless, again, I wasn’t trying to pick on you, sorry if I offended you (oy, now I sound like Rosie!). I think it’s just a case of some people take it one way and others don’t. I just don’t think that she meant anything by it, or that inaccurately trying to reproduce a language is disrespectful or implies that the words are meaningless. Yeah, Rosie had a pretty hypocritical reaction to the fallout from this, but I think a lot of people criticizing her are being hypocritical too; I don’t think we’d be attacking a conservative for this. Qing ni bie sheng wo de qi, hao bu hao?

tikvah on December 14, 2006 at 5:29 PM

One would think the venerable comrade Rosie would show more consideration for her fellow Communists.

kiakjones on December 14, 2006 at 5:42 PM

It doesn’t matter what she says, the post-menopausal hags in the audience will cackle like the obedient little libs they are.

Scot on December 14, 2006 at 5:48 PM

Still just a pig. Working brain or not.

Scotsman on December 14, 2006 at 6:06 PM

Rosie’s REAL offense here is a complete lack of imagination and pure laziness.
52Ranger on December 14, 2006 at 5:05 PM

Her real offense is, she is a fat, stupid, obnoxious, overbearing, loudmouthed, liberal pig.

right2bright on December 14, 2006 at 6:31 PM

I’m not one to complain but what is the fixation here with Rosie O’Donnell? Lately, I poke in on Hot Air and there she is — complete with a clip. Does Allah or Bryan have some secret crush on this talentless twit?

Rosie O’Donnel is the human equivalent of fingernails across a blackboard. She merits little of the fame she seems to get by aping in front of a camera. I suppose its the outrageous things that drip from her feeding orifice?

But it’s not just Rosie — it’s the entire “The View” thing. What’s up with that? These vaporheaded hags have an “opinion” on something? Well, just swell, but I’m not interested in what these clueless think about anything. Not one of these “ladies” can justify hording the carbon needed to construct them. They are a supreme waste of amino acids.

Keep this up and before long the minions at DU will start linking to HotAir for the videos.

prairiemain

prairiemain on December 14, 2006 at 8:14 PM

…panty-waists…

My panties are offended!!!

Claire on December 14, 2006 at 9:37 PM

Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Do you notice how she (and I use the term ‘she’ loosely) says “PHRASE” like seven times? Even after noting that some people find it “as offensive as the n word” and even says it again after that.

It’s like, “Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t know that WORD offends you. I shouldn’t have said WORD. I promise not to say WORD again.”

It wasn’t an apology, it was a jab.

MirCat on December 14, 2006 at 9:59 PM

After reading the update…

The fat is in the fire now,

(ducks for cover)

F15Mech on December 14, 2006 at 11:24 PM

Screw the apology; it’s better for the Chinese/Asian community to say, “keep your apology, Rosie. We know you don’t mean it. We just want to go on the record to tell you what a racist b*tch you are. Oh, and we are voting Republican in the next election”

Sincerely, Robert Ching & Vincent Chong

Black Adam on December 15, 2006 at 2:05 AM

STEP OFF, Claire! and

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral, offensiveness-free celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

funny stuff.

jdpaz on December 15, 2006 at 1:08 PM

her appology sounded sincere to me … can’t believe I’m kinda sorta standing up for … her… ehk.

One Angry Christian on December 15, 2006 at 2:15 PM

One Angry Christian, hell hath frozen over: we have gone on the record in our defense of Rosie O’Donnell and her right to be an idiot.


If only she had said, “wing wing, ling ling, ping pong”, maybe we could’ve avoided all of this…

California Conservative on December 15, 2006 at 8:16 PM