December 18, 2006

Offended By Rosie

Last week Rosie O'Donnell inadvertently started another feud with her comments on 'The View.' Forget Kelly Ripa, this time she offended millions of people after she made the above statement regarding Danny DeVito's drunken appearance on the show. Rosie was labeled a racist by many and made this on-air apology following the incident, "This apparently was very offensive to a lot of Asian people. So I asked Judy, who's Asian and works here in our hair and makeup department. I said, 'Was it offensive to you?' And she said, 'Well, kinda. When I was a kid people did tease me by saying ching-chong.' So apparently 'ching-chong,' unbeknownst to me, is a very offensive way to make fun, quote-unquote, or mock, Asian accents. Some people have told me it's as bad as the n-word. I was like, really? I didn't know that." O'Donnell said that her joke was "never intended to hurt anyone, and I'm sorry for those people who felt hurt or were teased on the playground," but added that in the future, "there's a good chance that I'll do something like that again ... Not on purpose."