Ryan Lochte‘s sister Megan made waves Friday (Aug. 24) when a video from a 2008 talk show surfaced in which she talks about being in China for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and how it was nothing but “chinks” everywhere.
She has since issued an apology via a statement to US Weekly:
This was not a real interview, and it in no way reflects my true feelings or persona whatsoever. The intent was to make fun of the ignorance of people who actually do not have an understanding of other cultures and speak in racist ways.
The skit and my character were supposed to be making fun of ignorance not any culture or class of people.
I do see how it was highly offensive to the viewer, but as seen by today’s widespread outrage, it clearly did increase awareness of the ignorance of those who are racist. While the intent of the script was to shed light on cultural ignorance. I realize that in application it did offend people, and for that I apologize.
OK, then. Though we aren’t sure the video at all makes it clear it’s a “skit” or that they’re satirizing people who actually use racial slurs like “chink.”
What do you think, Pop2it readers?