Is Ryan Lochte’s Sister Meghan Lochte A Racist, Or Just An Idiot?
A few days ago we here at Crushable were chastising ourselves as a nation for giving Ryan Lochte too much attention and turning him into a ego-tripping, grill-sporting, jeah-trademarking swim-monster, but we might've spoken a little too soon. Yes, Ryan Lochte is all of those things, but it's starting to seem like the Lochte family might be predisposed to acting like idiots, based on this new video interview that just came to light. It was filmed just after the Beijing Olympics, and it stars Ryan's older sister Meghan Lochte making some pretty super ultra racist comments about her perceptions of China and the Chinese people. She makes sure to cover all her racist bases, too, with a squinty-eyed impression, comments about Asian driving, and multiple uses of the slur ‘chink'.
Okay, so I watched the video. Seems pretty cut-and-dry to me. She's definitely saying all those things, there's no way she can try to skew this another way and think she's not coming out looking like an asshole. But wait! Meghan is now saying that sure, she said all those things, but it was because:
“The video in question reflects a skit from the show in which I acted as an ignorant guest on a talk show that made ignorant comments…This was not a real interview, and it in no way reflects my true feelings or persona whatsoever.”
Oh good, as long as it wasn't a real interview and you didn't really say those things. But okay, let's imagine for a moment that hers is a valid excuse so that I can casually dismantle it. First of all, if it was a skit show, why wasn't the host in on it? When she dropped the first slur, the host actually tried to get her not to say that word, as it was offensive. If the whole show was supposed to be set up as an ignorant show, ala Da Ali G Show or something, then the host would've been playing a character as well.
Second of all, you have to know this video is going to get publicized. It's not like your brother was just an unknown swimmer coming up through the ranks — he was at the Olympics and had just won gold. Frankly, I'm surprised it took as long as it did for this video to resurface.
And finally, even if you are doing some kind of skit, like you claim, have the good sense to leave out any racial slurs or stereotypes. If you're gonna play that character, the least offensive way to do so is to shine the light on yourself and poke fun at how ignorant you yourself are, not the country that was hosting the Olympic Games.
I don't buy it, Meghan. Your story is only slightly more believable than if you'd said you were trying to trademark the sound a racist camera makes when you take a picture with it. JEAH.
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