Is Megan Lochte A Racist?
Ryan Lochte, one of the star 2012 USA Olympians, has come under media fire after a video from a racist talk show featuring his sister, Megan Lochte, is rampantly making its way through the internet world.
On the video, Megan Lochte slings racist comments toward the Chinese people after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After being asked about her visit to China she replies, “We were there for a little bit over a week.
China was chinked out.” The host of the show immediately showed disbelief of what had just spewed out of Lochte’s mouth and eventually ended up asking her to stop using that word.
She continued using the word chink in many different forms throughout the entirety of the interview.
“China was chinked out,” Megan said on the show Closing Time. “It was totally Chinese… there were chinks everywhere.”
Her demeaning language has led to unwanted publicity for her brother Ryan and has gone viral with people all across the world weighing in their opinions on the subject.
And when the show’s host, Mickey Cucchiella, corrected her on the slur, she went on to say, “but it fits them because they’re, like, chinks. You know how they stereotypically want to take pictures? They take pictures of everything.”
Megan Issues Appology
“I would like to apologize for the video that is circulating on the Internet from 2008,” Megan said in a statement. “During that time, I played a character on a television comedy show called ‘Closing Time TV,’ which was a show with different comedy skits, fake news skits, staged interviews, etc. The video in question reflects a skit from the show in which I acted as an ignorant guest on a talk show that made ignorant comments.”
“This was not a real interview, and it in no way reflects my true feelings or persona whatsoever. The intent was to make fun of the ignorance of people who actually do not have an understanding of other cultures and speak in racist ways. The skit and my character were SUPPOSED to be making fun of ignorance. It was never the intent to make fun of any culture or class of people.”
“Comedy in general can be offensive, yet spread awareness. I do see how it was highly offensive to the viewer, but as seen by today’s widespread outrage, it clearly did increase awareness of the ignorance of those who are racist. I want to reiterate that this was NOT a real talk show, and I was not expressing my personal views. While the intent of the script was to shed light on cultural ignorance, I realize that in application it did offend people, and for that I apologize.”
Ryan has yet to comment on the controversy.