12.17.2009

asian american groups speak out against toby keith

More on Toby Keith and the "chink eye" thing... Last week, the country singer was caught on camera making the racist eye gesture -- apparently in an effort to enhance the word "yellow" -- on stage at a Nobel Peace Prize party in Norway. Mainstream press is starting to pick up on it: Asian groups slam Toby Keith over 'racist hand gesture.'

Ah, the international gesture for "chink." Toby joins the likes of Miley Cyrus and the Spanish basketball team. Maybe they should all form a club. No matter where you go, some idiot seems to think that it's okay. All in good, honest fun, right?

It's no surprise that groups like the Asian American Justice Center and the Media Action Network for Asian Americans are speaking out against Keith's actions. Not sure what they're expecting -- we're talking about the guy behind brilliant, nuanced lyrics like, "We'll put a boot in your ass / It's the American way." He's not losing sleep over it.

And sure enough, Keith, or at least someone representing him, has dismissed the criticism, telling TMZ.com, "Nobody at the party thought Toby was out of line." Well, Toby, that's great. I guess we're fortunate that someone busted out a video camera to capture your awesome racist moment. More here: Asian groups outraged over Toby Keith's 'racist' gesture during performance.

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