- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Comedian Margaret Cho isn’t making any apologies after critics accused her of racism for skewering North Korea during her Golden Globes appearance.

“I’m of mixed North/South Korean descent — you imprison, starve and brainwash my people you get made fun of by me #hatersgonhate #FreeSpeech,” she tweeted Monday morning.

Ms. Cho appeared in a running gag throughout the awards show Sunday night as “Cho Young-ja,” a stern North Korean army general and the newest member of the Globes organizing body, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The thick-accented general had plenty of complaints about the Globes’ lack of North Korean flair. “You no have thousand baby playing guitar at the same time. You no have people holding up many card to make one big picture,” Ms. Cho said. “You no have Dennis Rodman.”

The bit earned mixed reviews, with some calling it boring or racist. Ironically, Ms. Cho was the only Asian or Asian-American performer to appear in the awards show all night, Deadline noted.

“That bit with Margaret Cho as the Kim regime’s representative in the Hollywood Foreign Press, which managed a trio of awards-show sins: It was unfunny, racist, and incredibly long,” Vulture wrote. “Twenty years ago, Cho was the first Asian-American woman to headline her own sitcom — how did we end up here?”

Ms. Cho hit back Monday in another tweet: “I’m not playing the race card. I’m playing the rice card. #hatersgonwait #winnersgonpun.”

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