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TV Reporter’s Racist Question Gets the Best Responses Ever

Anytime someone says “I love the such-and-such culture”, you know the follow-up’s gonna be racist. Or at the very least, really ignorant. Kinda like when people say “Don’t take this the wrong way”. Oh, you’re gonna take it the wrong way.

Eddie Huang, famous chef and author of best-selling biography, Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir, made the rounds with his cast for his new ABC show, Fresh Off the Boat. At the Television Critics Assocation press tour, one reporter asked a gloriously inane question:

“I love the Asian culture. And I was just talking about the chopsticks, and I just love all that. Will I get to see that, or will it be more Americanized?”

Right. Because Asian culture is all about the chopsticks. After that question, the cast went into comedic mode.

The surprised-looking cast didn’t miss a beat as actress Constance Wu, who plays Huang family matriarch Jessica Huang, said, “Yeah, we got some chopsticks.”

Producer Eddie Huang added, “Yeah, we got a lot of chopsticks,” with writer and executive producer Nahnatchka Khan adding, “Wait till Episode 5. It’s all about chopsticks.”

Not backing down, the reporter then continued the line of questioning, asking, “Will there be more about the culture or is it more about the becoming more American?”

Huang joked, “It’s more about the chopsticks.”

Randall Park, who played Kim Jong-un in The Interview, kept it going.

“The original title was ‘Chopsticks,’” Park joked.

“But ‘Chopsticks’ was too controversial, so we changed it,” Wu said.

“There was also rights issues with the piano song,” Huang added.

No word on the reporter’s response, but anyone who asks that question, likely took the cast’s answers at face value. Expect them to bang out a headline tomorrow like “ABC’s Racist Decision to Exclude Chopsticks from Asian Show”. Meanwhile, Billy Crystal said of the Asian cast, “That’s too much for me”.

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