Ugh, I guess we have to talk about this. The video above is from 2008 – Ryan Lochte’s sister, Megan Lochte, made an appearance on a “late night comedy talk show” called Closing Time – apparently it’s a Maryland thing? The host of the program is a comedian named Mickey Cucchiella. More background: this interview took place shortly after Ryan Lochte and the family Lochte returned from Beijing, where Lochte had won two gold medals and two bronze medals. This video is… simply awful. I could use words like “train-wreck” and “racist” and “OMG STFU YOU IGNORANT PIECE OF TRASH” and “xenophobia,” but I fear that would not properly convey how truly terrible this video is. This video is so bad, I don’t even want to transcribe the racist slurs Megan Lochte drops over and over and over. And I really don’t want to get into how offended I was that the host barely balked, and that audience laughed. UGH.
Jezebel ran the video on Friday, and many other sites quickly picked it up and within 24 hours, Megan Lochte issued a statement about the situation:
Megan Lochte is speaking out about her controversial 2008 talk show appearance. After a video of a post-Beijing Olympics interview she did on a Maryland-based program made waves online Friday, Ryan Lochte’s sis says the offensive views she appeared to espouse weren’t hers at all, and instead were intended to provoke discussion about the nature of prejudice.
“This was not a real interview, and it in no way reflects my true feelings or persona whatsoever,” Locthe tells Us Weekly in a statement. “The intent was to make fun of the ignorance of people who actually do not have an understanding of other cultures and speak in racist ways.”
“The skit and my character were supposed to be making fun of ignorance,” the Multicultural Marketing major continues — not “any culture or class of people.”
“I do see how it was highly offensive to the viewer, but as seen by today’s widespread outrage, it clearly did increase awareness of the ignorance of those who are racist,” Lochte asserts, adding that she realizes people may still find the humor in poor taste.
“While the intent of the script was to shed light on cultural ignorance,” Lochte says, “I realize that in application it did offend people, and for that I apologize.”
Jezebel points out that all of the other videos from this “Closing Time” show seem to be straight-forward interviews with local celebrities, and that it doesn’t seem like the show relies on “skits” or people playing “characters”. So either Megan is telling the truth and her idea of a hilarious joke is to drop racial slurs like f—king candy, or Megan is lying and her idea of being herself is to drop racial slurs like f—king candy. I never thought I’d say this, but I think Ryan Lochte might be the brains of the Lochte family.
Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.
Written by Kaiser
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