Jay Leno, a man I haven’t thought about since at least 2004 but would still appear regularly on TV, apologized for decades of anti-Asian humor under threat of being fired, in the same way that I ‘apologized’ for to be caught taking a nap during my shift in Abercrombie in college.
According to at Variety, the Asian Americans Media Action Network (MANAA) has been trying to do something about Jay Leno’s penchant for his recurring, little-funny, racist side about Asians eating dog meat for the past 15 years now. But only in light of the rise in violence against Asian Americans, and the shooting deaths of six Asian and American women in Atlanta spas, that the network’s costumes finally managed to tell Jay to drop him:
“For a long time frank about its routines, the MANAA [Guy] Aoki said he tapped Leno’s new employers at Fox, where he hosted the ‘You Bet Your Life’ game show, initially offering them a host termination ultimatum or MANAA would approach sponsors to boycott the project ”. Variety reports.
And like a 21-year-old who has a hangover caught in the middle of a REM cycle while on the clock, he apologizes in a stupid and careless way!
“’At the time I made these jokes, I really thought they were harmless,” Leno said in a joint press release with MANAA chief Guy Aoki. “I laughed at our enemy North Korea, and like most jokes there was a sound of truth to them. “
In fact, the excuses kept slipping away:
“Back then there was a dominant attitude that some bands always complain about something, so don’t worry. Whenever we received a complaint, there were two sides to the discussion: Either “We need to take care of this” or “Fuck them if they can’t take a joke”. Too often, I sided with the latter even though deep down I knew it was wrong.
“I apologize. I do not see this particular case as another example of a culture of cancellation, but as a legitimate wrong that has been committed on my part. MANAA was very gracious in accepting my apologies. I hope the Asian-American community will be able to accept it as well, and I hope I can live up to their expectations in the future.
“At the time” appears twice in this apology, making it seem like the time was a long time ago. Yesand for the previous one Variety report, the “moment” was as recently as last year, when Leno broke the old “humor” of eating dogs on an episode America has talent. Speaking of which, despite the parabolic inability to teach old dogs new tricks, it looks like a 70-year-old White Boomer can be taught not to apologize by threatening to take away his money and his money. Warning.