Remember when Rush Limbaugh did his unbelievably offensive impression of China’s President Hu Jintao?
The next day, Limbaugh said he “did a remarkable job” of imitating China’s president for someone who doesn’t know a language spoken by more than 1 billion people.
And then he compared himself to Sid Caesar. Sid Caesar! I teach comedy, including the history of comedy/comedians. I know a lot about, and have met, Sid Caesar. You, sir, are no Sid Caesar.
California state Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, is leading a fight in demanding an apology from the radio talk show host for what he and others view as racist and derogatory remarks against the Chinese people.
Yes, Yee wants an apology “at the very least.”
Yee has been joined by Asian-American state and federal lawmakers who say Limbaugh’s comments are inciting hate and intolerance amid a polarized atmosphere. A number of civil rights groups, including Chinese for Affirmative Action, Japanese American Citizens League and the California National Organization for Women, have joined Yee in calling on sponsors to pull advertisements from Limbaugh’s program.
Those sponsors include Pro Flowers, Sleep Train and Domino’s Pizza. Hint, hint.
Now people are concerned about Yee’s safety, especially in light of the Arizona shootings:
Shortly after condemning Limbaugh’s remarks, Yee said he received racist death threats to his San Francisco and Sacramento offices. The lawmaker also received a profanity-filled telephone message Thursday.
So much for that little civility experiment.
Much more here.