Asian Comedienne Margaret Cho: I Play Race and Gender Cards to Get Out of P.C. Jail

In a recent interview, the gay newspaper The Washington Blade told bisexual comedienne and “Drop Dead Diva” star Margaret Cho that “It’s quite shocking sometimes how much you manage to get away with,” compared with someone like Don Imus getting canned from MSNBC. They asked Cho “do you ever fear you’ll go too far and really piss off the world or have people turn on you?”

Cho said she had a “get out of jail” card, “a little immunity” from the political correctness cops because she’s a “civil rights person” and a minority in several different ways:

I just try to push it as far as I can and I think you get a little immunity if you’re a woman or a person of color and queer and a gay activist and a feminist. If you’re a civil rights person and people know that, you can get away with not always being so politically correct all the time. You can kind of play the race card, or the gender card as a kind of get-out-of-jail-type thing.

Here are just a few examples from MRC about Cho’s remarks:

In 2012, Cho cracked on Bravo about her fears over getting pregnant at the age of 43. "My period comes like twice a month. My eggs are jumping ship," she said. “Seriously, they're like, ‘the last one out's a retard’” and: “I get worried about that, as an older woman, I don't necessarily want to have a retard.”

In 2008, Cho ranted about Palin and Christianity: “God is my boyfriend. God is my best fag. I am God's fag hag cuz didn't you know, God is a big fag. Serious bottom too. Butch in the streets, femme in the sheets. That is my God. God is my biggest fan.”

In 2000, the networks skipped over Cho’s remarks at a “Millennium” rally for gay rights in Washington: "I am so excited today that I am going to use the Washington Monument as my own personal strap on dildo." And: "I believe that a government that would deny a gay man the right to bridal registry is a fascist state."

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis