I have watched this movie, and I actually found it moderately funny... that is, until Mr. Chow showed up. I am Asian, and my jaw dropped to the floor the second he appeared on screen. I watched it in a theater in a very diverse community, and honestly, the whole place went silent. Here are a few of my issues with that character:
First of all, the actor playing Mr. Chow is Ken Jeong - a Korean man (who happens to be a doctor and comedian in real life). Ken's attempt at a "Chinese" accent was indeed horrific and no less offensive than it would have been if performed by Mickey Rooney or anyone else of non-Chinese decent. Just because Koreans are "Asians," that doesn't mean it's okay to use one to make fun of Chinese people. Americans tend to group all of Asia together as a uniform culture, but any Asian person will tell you - We're just as different as the different countries of Europe. Americans find it so hard to distinguish Chinese, Korean, or Japanese people, but somehow they recognize the difference between the French, Italians, and Germans (even though they all "look the same" too). It all boils down to laziness and ignorance.
Second, Ken Jeong decided to go full frontal in this movie. Apparently Ken makes it a point to joke about the size of his tiny penis in his regular comedy routine. And having watched this movie, I can report that he's not kidding. Seriously, he is a medical anomaly. That's fine. He's got a wife, and if she's okay with it, then so be it. But the rest of us Asian men don't ALL have tiny penises... really. We have been trying to overcome that unfortunate stereotype for years. Up until now, people just went along with the joke even though they didn't have any "first-hand" viewing experience. Now Ken Jeong flashes his mini-package on screen for millions of people to see, and the stereotype has been officially confirmed in many people's minds. And what makes it worse is, again, Ken does this while calling himself Chinese. Rather than just embarrassing himself and his own culture, he's dragging all of China with him and Asian people in general. He really did a disservice to a lot of Asian guys who already find it hard enough to find dates here in America.
And let's not get started about his attempt to sound flaming homosexual at the same time. I guess he was trying to offend as many groups as possible. In my case, he definitely succeeded.
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