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[TV] #CancelCobert Activists Respond To Claims That They've "Won"
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.12.2014



After Stephen Colbert was given David Letterman's job on The Late Show, many on Twitter (including comedian Michael Ian Black, below) joked that the people behind the #CancelColbert movement had won.




Apparently they don't feel as though they've won after all. The people behind the movement, Suey Park and Eunsong Kim, have written a piece for Time to comment on the news. Here are highlights:

On being mocked: "The cross-promotion of more white male celebrities prove it: The entertainment industry has perfected the development of white, cis, straight, male characters. The marginalization of 'other voices' except when those "others" are brought in only to aid in the cheap punch line of a joke is complete. This is aggression that we do not have to accept. We will protest this until it ends."

On the reaction to their campaign: "We think people are surprised to see that their monolithic view of Asian Americans as a model minority is being challenged. We are not the problem. Your stereotypes and narrow roles for us are the problem. Some Asian Americans were quick to protect the myth of our being a model minority. They disowned us and said we do not speak for them. We agree. Asian Americans are not a monolithic group, and we do not speak for anyone but ourselves. Others wanted to silence us immediately. Young Asian American women, with little institutional power, are not supposed to be this loud. Our voices are not expected to be raised and when they're raised, they've not meant to travel."

On sticking to their guns: "There is so much to gain by correcting us, dismissing us, rewriting our narratives. Duly noted, white, neoliberal heteropatriarchy we will be sure to march forward with new tactics and strategies. We are not accidental or frivolous; we are intentional and unrelenting. We do not depend on a beloved white man to begin, end, or continue our protest."





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