‘Bob’s Burgers’ actor lands in hot water for racist joke
Voice actor H. Jon Benjamin, who’s known for his roles on the animated TV shows “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers,” is facing backlash for a recent tweet, which was seen by followers as racist.
“Quick idea for the name of a tea shop- ‘ooh me so horny, me love you oolong time tea shop,’” he tweeted on Saturday.
His “me so horny” joke, which was a famous line from Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 film “Full Metal Jacket,” did not land well. People on social media accused Benjamin of peddling anti-Asian stereotypes.
“Really disappointing to hear this type of racist garbage from you,” tweeted one user. “I was a fan.”
“Ah, the Asian joke. The lowest of the low hanging fruits,” wrote another user. “Stick to burgers ‘Bob.’”
The 52-year-old actor quickly took down the tweet and apologized a few hours later.
“Sorry I offended many. I agree this ‘joke’ was lazy and incompetent and formulated quickly while making a cup of oolong tea,” he wrote. “The fact that it was a famous line in a movie does not give me license to make light of the big picture stereotyping of Vietnamese people and Asian Americans in general. I’m sorry I ever made that cup of tea. And thanks for making me realize this in quick order.”
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