Rush Limbaugh is in hot water again. This time the reason was his impersonation of the Chinese President Hu Jintao.
He made fun of the speech Hu delivered during his last visit to the White House. Commenting on some mishaps in the transmission, Rush said: “He was speaking and they weren’t translating. They normally translate every couple of words. Hu Jintao was just going ching chong, ching chong cha.” After that he delivered a 20-second-long impression of the Chinese president’s way of talking.
That was it. The worst thing you can say about the impression is that Rush Limbaugh is a hack compared to Frank Caliendo or Dana Carvey. He is not the best impersonator in the world.
However, as with almost everything he says, the most astonishing result was the reaction, which he caused.
The lefty politicians didn’t miss the opportunity to strangle him. A California state senator of Chinese origin named Leland Yee (a Democrat) immediately let us know how appalling Rush’s comedy was. In an interview he said: “The comments that he made — the mimicking of the Chinese language — harkens back to when I was a little boy growing up in San Francisco and those were hard days, rather insensitive days. You think you’ve arrived and all of a sudden get shot back to the reality that you’re a second-class citizen.”
I admire the ability of the Left to turn a simple joke into a hate crime of apocalyptic proportions. How in the world can a Chinese impression make you a second-class citizen? So because the senator can’t deal with humour, we should ban it. It’s no wonder, humour is the first casualty of the inquisition funded by the political correctness.
But the senator didn’t stop at baring his sensitive soul to the world. He had a better trick up his sleeve. He started a campaign to convince advertisers to pull their support from Rush Limbaugh’s show. That is a vicious and pathetic attempt to silence free speech, but among the lefties it is a perfectly acceptable way to impose their policies.
If the senator hasn’t been living under a rock for the last few years, he should know that the comedy, which mocks the way people speak, is ubiquitous. Just ask the comedians who made a living from impersonating Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Saturday Night Live had its share of mocking Chinese leaders. And let’s not forget what Mad TV’s Bobby Lee made out of Kim Jong Il’s manner of speaking.
Why isn’t Leland Yee calling for a ban of that “shameful” humour? I am sure that those comedians have offended many more people than Rush did.
I don’t know how influential Mr. Yee is, but what he is doing is dangerous to the “Asian community”. The esteemed senator is turning into a petty extortionist who exploits imaginary racism. He is supported in his endeavors by some marginal organizations like Chinese for Affirmative Action, Japanese American Citizens League and the California National Organization for Women. By the way since when the Chinese, being one of the most successful minority group in the USA, need affirmative action?
There is another community, which suffered from such petty bickering. There was a time when Martin Luther King tirelessly worked to implement his vision of creating a colour-blind society, where everybody will be appreciated for his or her personal abilities. After Dr. King died for his vision, the Black movement was overtaken by petty opportunists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who try to use any chance to extort few more dollars either through welfare or through accusations of racism. Dr. King’s inspirational slogan “I have a dream” turned into “Gimme, gimme, gimme, I’m Black!”
Is this the path, which senator Yee projects for his community?
And he is not alone in his crusade against free speech. The New York Assemblywoman Grace Meng, a Queens Democrat, said in an interview: “Making fun of any country’s leader is just very disrespectful for someone who says he is a proud American.”
Is that so Grace? In case you haven’t figured it out yet, America has prospered because people have never been afraid to discuss, criticize or mock any politician. We all have seen the consequences from not making fun of politicians in China and North Korea. The undisputed power of Chairman Mao and Kim Il Sung has killed millions of their own countrymen.
Besides that, Hu Jintao deserves to be criticized and made fun of for being a leading functionary of the Chinese Communist Party, which is one of the most murderous organizations in history, comparable only to Hitler’s National Socialists and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
If those “American” politicians see the dreary suppression of free though in China as superior to the US way of free discussion, why do they live in the USA in the first place?!