Beloved TV host and comedian Jay Leno has issued an apology to the Asian American community for his long history of "racist" jokes made against them, which comes just weeks after the devastating attack made on the Asian community in Atlanta.
Though his "apology" hasn't gone down well with people. Scroll on to find out why...
On the evening of March 16th, twenty-one-year-old Robert Aaron Long went to 3 local spas and shot dead 8 innocent people in Cherokee and Fulcon County, Atlanta.
As per the New York Times, 4 people died in the first shooting at Young's Asian Massage, which was reported at around 5 pm. Just a short while later, Long targeted the Gold Spa where he shot dead 3 women.
Shots were then fired nearby at the Aromatherapy Spa, where the body of another woman was found; 8 people in total tragically died.
The names of the victims have since been released to the public:
Here are the victims of the Atlanta shootings and their stories:— Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) March 19, 2021
Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33
Xiaojie Tan, 49
Daoyou Feng, 44
Paul Andre Michels, 54
Elcias R Hernandez-Ortiz, 30
Hyun Jung Grant, 51
Soon C Park, 74
Suncha Kim, 69
Yong A Yue, 63
Delaina Ashley Yaun thirty-three, Paul Andre Michels, fifty-four, Xiaojie Yan, forty-nine, Daoyou Feng, forty-four, Hyun Jung Grant, fifty-one, Suncha Kim, sixty-nine, Yong Yue, sixty-three, and Soon Chung Park, seventy-four.
All of these victims have left behind family and loved ones...
And alongside them, the entire world is mourning their untimely and tragic deaths.
Long was arrested a few hours after the shootings following a manhunt...
TODAY 8 ASIAN WOMEN WERE KILLED IN A MASS SHOOTING HATE CRIME BY A TERRORIST IN ATLANTA. pic.twitter.com/BHCaDGFdKe— GUCCI MEIN 🍜 (@tomngo422) March 17, 2021
And although he is now in police custody facing 8 charges of murder and a charge of aggravated assault, people are feeling angrier than ever.
Many have been taking to social media to share their shock and heartbreak over the attack...
I live in Atlanta and am heartbroken about the 8 murders here tonight targeting Asian spas. Disgusting.— AtlBlue (@atl_randy) March 17, 2021
Alongside their anger over how yet another shooting has been allowed to take place here in America.
It's clear that many strongly believe this was a racially motivated attack...
What happened in Atlanta is a hate crime. Anything else is spin. Standing with the Asian American community against hate today and forever.— Jackie Venson (@jackievenson) March 17, 2021
And people have been rallying together both on the streets and online in protest of this kind of terrorism and, of course, to demand justice for America's Asian communities and the victims who lost their lives in this ruthless attack.
People are angry...
Because there's absolutely no doubt that our country has had a huge problem with racism and prejudice against the Asian American community for decades now.
This kind of racism sadly comes in many forms...
Ranging from physical violence to seemingly "harmless" jokes made online and on television.
Well, this is what has landed Jay Leno in quite a bit of trouble recently...
Which has forced him to apologize directly to the Asian American community.
But it hasn't sat well with people...
Jay Leno enjoyed degrading Asians even though he knew it was wrong. This apology is meaningless without action. How about donating some of your millions to worthy charities?— Sey In (@BowTieSey) March 24, 2021
"I knew it was wrong" but I did it anyway. What kind of remorse is that, Jay??— Wear a Mask, Social Distance, & Wash Your Hands! (@music_fan2020) March 24, 2021
Leno's apology doesn't hold water.
Don’t recall ever reading a celeb “apology” as shit as the one I just read from Jay Leno.— 💖 Sabrina ✨ (@SabrinaFord) March 24, 2021
For decades, Jay Leno educated people that it is okay to make fun of Asians in racism. What he ha done is far more worse than it could be resolved with just one apology. 😡— Steve Ahn (@steveahn82) March 25, 2021
Jay Leno’s *apology* is as lame as his jokes. Fuck him.— Bailey Smith (@SmithABailey) March 24, 2021
It's the funniest thing on planet earth that Fox is prodding Jay Leno out on an apology tour ahead of his new show. Definitely genuine and not at all a preemptive and cynical ploy by a major network— Cam (@stingo__cam) March 24, 2021
Dear Jay Leno. Apology not accepted. ✌️ https://t.co/byETFoqspO— CongressComrade Mary Miller 🏳️⚧️ (FAKE) (@violates1st) March 24, 2021
apology NOT ACCEPTED. Jay Leno and U.S. comedy overall has unfairly and endlessly dragged Asians and Asian women for a century+ and now they want to apology GTFOH https://t.co/Ie9HXbOgrj— AsiansMatter🧢☂️ (@AsiansMatter) March 24, 2021
Jay Leno apologizing now for his long history of Asian “jokes”....people had to die for that apology to happen. Literally. https://t.co/KLxxzZpOUH— LilEsBella 💅🏽 (@LilEsBella) March 24, 2021
On behalf of this Asian person, nobody else, I hereby declare that I do not forgive @jayleno for his anti-Asian jokes & I absolutely do not accept his terrible “apology”.— kwisatz haderlittlelamb (@3rdcultureblah) March 25, 2021
All you other Asians can do/say whatever you want about it, but I say
Fuck you, Jay Leno. You racist prick.
This pressure has been building on the comedian for years now.
As per the Hollywood Reporter, Leno recently participated in a Zoom meeting with several leaders of the Media Action Network For Asian Americans and offered his apologies to the Asian community for various jokes made at their expense across his long tenure on TV.
During the call, Leno issued an apology for a long history of targeting Asian people and stereotypes for jokes, stretching all the way back to his near-two-decade run on The Tonight Show...
"At the time, there was a prevailing attitude that some group is always complaining about something, so don't worry about it. Whenever we received a complaint, there would be two sides to the discussion: either 'We need to deal with this' or 'Screw 'em if they can't take a joke.' Too many times I sided with the latter, even when in my heart I knew it was wrong."
"I do not consider this particular case to be another example of cancel culture, but a legitimate wrong that was done on my part. MANAA has been very gracious in accepting my apology. I hope that the Asian American community will be able to accept it as well, and I hope I can live up to their expectations in the future."
What do you think?
Do you think Leno's apology is genuine? Or do you think it doesn't make up for years of racist jokes being made against a community that have suffered so much?