Honolulu City Council Asks Rush Limbaugh To Apologize For Chinese Parody
February 25, 2011 at 4:17 AM (PT)
While RUSH LIMBAUGH stirs up controversy with his "fat" comments about First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA, the HONOLULU City Council is still addressing the PREMIERE RADIO NEWORKS host's previous controversy, passing a non-binding resolution asking LIMBAUGH to apologize for using mock-Chinese gibberish in an imitation of Chinese President HU JINTAO.
The HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER reports that the resolution, introduced by Councilmen STANLEY CHANG and ROMY CACHOLA, asks LIMBAUGH "to apologize to UNITED STATES citizens of Asian ancestry, President HU JINTAO, and the citizens of the PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA for his offensive and derogatory remarks about the Chinese language and President HU." It also urges PREMIERE parent CLEAR CHANNEL to implement policies against "racial discrimination in its radio programs" and urges sponsors not to advertise on shows with bigotry and intolerance.
The controversy about the HU parody came after a JANUARY show in which LIMBAUGH imitated the confusion over whether President OBAMA's comments at a WHITE HOUSE news conference were being simultaneously translated for President HU, and used stereotypical, nonsensical "Chinese" to do so. LIMBAUGH defended the bit by comparing the use of nonsense dialect to a SID CAESAR sketch. LIMBAUGH was in HONOLULU when he landed in a hospital with chest pains in 2009; his show airs on CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KHVH-A/HONOLULU in the market.