Voice actor H. Jon Benjamin, who’s recognized for his roles on the animated TV reveals “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers,” is dealing with backlash for a current tweet, which was seen by followers as racist.
“Fast thought for the title of a tea shop- ‘ooh me so attractive, me love you oolong time tea store,’” he tweeted on Saturday.
His “me so attractive” joke, which was a well-known punchline from Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 movie “Full Metallic Jacket,” didn’t land properly. Individuals on social media accused Benjamin of peddling anti-Asian stereotypes.
“Actually disappointing to listen to the sort of racist rubbish from you,” tweeted one person. “I used to be a fan.”
“Ah, the Asian joke. The bottom of the low hanging fruits,” wrote one other person. “Stick with burgers ‘Bob.’”
The 52-year-old actor shortly took down the tweet and apologized a number of hours later.
“Sorry I offended many. I agree this ‘joke’ was lazy and incompetent and formulated shortly whereas making a cup of oolong tea,” he wrote. “The truth that it was a well-known line in a film doesn’t give me license to make mild of the large image stereotyping of Vietnamese individuals and Asian People in normal. I’m sorry I ever made that cup of tea. And thanks for making me understand this in fast order.”