In an homage to material-poor five-year-old comedians everywhere, Rush Limbaugh did an impression of Chinese President Hu Jintao on his show yesterday that was straight out of the 50s (the 1850s).

State Sen. Leland Yee, who is running for mayor of San Francisco, condemned the radio bit in a press release:

“Today, Rush Limbaugh reached a new low as he mocked the Chinese language and culture. His classless act is an insult to over 3,000 years of cultural history and is a slap in the face to the millions of Chinese Americans who have struggled in this country and to a people who constitute one-quarter of the world’s population. His comments belittle the contributions of the Chinese community and are sadly indicative of the bigotry that has often plagued his commentary and lined his pockets. Mr. Limbaugh owes the Chinese community an apology for this pointless and ugly offense.”

Today, Limbaugh defended the imitation by playing a clip of Sid Caesar on “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” in which the then-79-year-old comedian did a mock Japanese translation in a recreation of his old “foreign dub” skit. Limbaugh said the clip was from 2007, but it was actually from 2001.

A New York Assemblywoman, the only Asian American in the state legislature, has also condemned Limbaugh.

Leland Yee Criticizes Rush Limbaugh Over Hu Jintao Impression 20 January,2011Jon Brooks

  • Steven Rosenburg

    This is an example of a human right abuse by the United States.

    Racism is alive and well in America. Dr. King would be ashamed if he were alive today.

    Rush Limbaugh needs to formally appologize for his “racist” remarks.

    • Laura Smith

      Regardless of how you feel about an issue, you do not personally attack people.

      This comment was not based on politics, issues, etc. This comment was racist; period.

      I hope that law enforcement can subdue the violence which may happen because of this ignorant comment.

  • Alaracic Darconville

    I find it both amusing and disturbing that state Senator Yee can marshall a greater sense of self-righteous outrage and rancor towards a radio talk show host for his tasteless parody of the Chinese language than he can towards president Jinato for his human rights violations.

    Where do we find imbeciles like Yee to hold public office?

  • Hop Sing

    Leland Yee is simply looking for free publicity — he’s running for office. Politicians such as Yee are first and foremost publicity whores. After what the State legislature has done to the business climate and finaces of the Great State of California, he’s got some nerve asking to be Mayor of San Francisco. But then, San Francisco gives us one of the smartest women in the US (right behind Hillary R Clinton), Nancy Palosi. Look, the simple fact is, the Democrat Party has morphed into the Communist Party. Is it any wonder that Yee would be offended and outraged at a parody of the head Chinese communist? Yee’s attitude (Chinese first; American second) is the reason the Founders wanted natural born citizens only to be able to serve as President. Otherwise, as is often the case, one’s alegences can lie elsewhere.

  • Jean

    Who in the world does Alaracic Darconville think he is to make such a stupid and dumb remark about Leland Yee. He is at least smart enough to get elected to an office. In so much as Rush Limbaugh goes he is the most hateful, stupid ass, dumb, and uneducated ass there is, to say what he does on his show. I don’t know why anyone would listen to him, unless they are as ignorant as he is. He needs to be off the airways now!!!!!!! no room for this big fat ass!!!!!

  • Dave

    Perhaps Mr. Lee should spend more time concerning himself with being an American first.

  • Irony Rules

    Wait, let me get this straight.

    Someone uses his freedom of speech to make stupid remarks on his radio show.

    Someone else wants to take away those rights by encouraging a boycott of advertisers to said radio show.

    Sounds very much like what Hitler did.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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