Friday, July 16, 2010

Hiii-YA! Is This Offensive Toward Asians? Philly Comic Ed McGonigal.

I was at the Wawa earlier and an Asian guy walked over to the lady in the car next to me and started going off on her. Just yelling like crazy. I think she may have cut him off and then she gave him the finger. It was hard to hear even though I turned my radio down and tried to listen.

And he really started yelling loud. It was to the point that I wouldn't have been surprised if he tried to grab her. But then he just walked away.

So I tweeted that I was going to get involved but I wasn't sure if he knew karate or not. (of course I was kidding because I was about to step in). Is that offensive to Asians? One of my Asian followers said no. I don't THINK it is. I guess because it's complimentary. Like assuming a black dude has a big one or a gay guy knows how to pick out window treatments.

What do I know? I'm just writing this stuff as a joke anyway. But I wonder what people think about these things. I'm sure it's mixed.

And on a related note, here's a really funny video from my friend Ed McGonigal* doing a bit about how the Irish take no offense to their stereotype about drinking. Check it out. It's the first joke in the video.

*Ed was my main man when I did stand-up back in the day in Philly. And for the record, I used to always call him "Crazy Legs" McGonigal. For no other reason that I thought it would be funny/stupid if when he went up onstage he said, "Crazy Legs McGonigal coming at you" - and did that thing where you hold your front knees then shake them around (like the flappers used to do). So after about a year of begging him to do it he finally did. And he's like, "There, you happy Zibbs?" And I was.


Jessica said...

For whatever my white girl opinion is worth: your tweet made me chuckle. I didn't find it offensive.

A few weeks back while visiting the hometown, I was going out to lunch with friends. One of them picked me up (she's Korean) and during an attempt to make a left turn, she got stuck in the crosswalk (practically in the intersection, really). Pedestrians were shooting her dirty looks as they maneuvered around her car; she finally rolled down the window and screamed, "I know! I'M ASIAN and a WOMAN!"

shrink on the couch said...

I think we're living (and blogging) in times where people of too many persuasions are way too sensitive. Not an original thought but it's all I've got right now. And yeah, the O'doule's joke was a good one. For me, I'm enjoying hearing the Philly area accent. A yankee really can OD on southern dialect.

Dr Zibbs said...

Jessica - thank you and I'm glad you're following me on Twitter.

Yogurt - That is specifically that Northeast Philly accent.

KendallJaye said...

Morpheus wasn't Asian.

"SHOW ME!!!!"


Anonymous said...

That Asian sounds intense. Oh wait. Am I allowed to say 'Asian', or is that offensive? Whatever you do, don't call them Orientals. My friend Vida (who is Asian) schooled me on that years ago.

Who knows, maybe the guy was upset because that lady stole his Asian Cream of Sumyungguy.

Too much?

Dale said...

Unless you demanded payment for your kindness in egg rolls, I'd say you're good.

I like the camera pan to Ed's crazy legs at the start.

Dr Zibbs said...

Dale - Good von.