Thursday, November 03, 2005

Margaret Cho on Stefani's Harajuku Girls: "Amos 'n Andy had lots of fans, didn't they?"


(image via hyphenmagazine)

Of all the people The Corsair has interviewed, excepting of David Lynch, who is exceptionally strange (But knows his Hegel), Margaret Cho was our favorite. Cho is your typical, outspoken Sagittarius. And today, on her blog, when she compares Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Girls to Amos 'N Andy she is in rare form. On Margaret Cho's blog (link via Popwatch):

"Gwen Stefani's Harajuku girls have been getting lots of lip service lately, and I have to say I am confused.

"I like Gwen Stefani, she's alright. She is very stylish and has a nice voice and a really flat stomach. She is a rock star, and quite good at it. I am always impressed by her platinum hair and her incredibly organized steamer trunks. She keeps all her wristbands in separate zip-lock bags. I too have lots of nice things, but they are all getting moth eaten and mashed together in a pile on my closet floor. I could never understand the concept of a pair: of shoes, gloves, stockings, earrings, hearts, whatever. How can you possibly keep two separate and entirely whole things together in the crazy whirling world we live in? Anyway, Gwen manages to do it all with great panache.

"Now she has 4 things all together, the Harajuku Girls. I want to like them, and I want to think they are great, but I am not sure if I can. I mean, racial stereotypes are really cute sometimes, and I don't want to bum everyone out by pointing out the minstrel show. I think it is totally acceptable to enjoy the Harajuku girls, because there are not that many other Asian people out there in the media really, so we have to take whatever we can get. Amos 'n Andy had lots of fans, didn't they? At least it is a measure of visibility, which is much better than invisibility. I am so sick of not existing, that I would settle for following any white person around with an umbrella just so I could say I was there."

Whew! Cho is also developing a multigenerational Asian-American comedy script for Fox TV.

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