Bungalow Betty Unpologizes; We're Goin' Global With This Baby

Betty Brown unpologized today. What’s an unpology? It’s when someone claims they’re apologizing but the apology’s content contains nothing resembling an apology and quite possibly, as in this instance, makes things worse.

Yesterday I provided a roundup of Betty Brown coverage. Here is today’s roundup:

Nikkei View, Gothamist, Austinist, Crunchy Con — the first right-leaning blog I’ve seen cover this, First Reading, WNYC, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Olympian, myFOX Austin, The Inquisitr [sic], Epicanthus, Mike Honda through CAPAC, The Moderate Voice, Ablogistan, Frank Wu, Asian American Democrats of Texas, John Liu, KTRK, Cynematic on Momocrats, Muse, Hyphen, Off the Kuff, CBS 13 Sacramento, Philip at Burnt Orange Report, who also posted a good roundup of responses from John Liu, Leeland Yee, Sam Yoon, and Anthony Gutierrez, Capitol Annex, Slant Eye for the Round Eye, and Ramey Ko himself.

My favorite of the day? It comes from Disgrasian:

Dear Betty,

Girl, we gotta hand it to you. You are one badass [Samuel L. Jackson’s favorite word] when it comes to bringing people together. We can’t tell you how many people wrote in Thursday all hepped up about you saying before the Texas House of Representatives Election Committee that Asian-Americans should get names that are easier for real-Americans to “deal with” so that we can retain our right to vote. Not only did our Asian readers (or “our citizens,” as you call them) write in to complain, but our white, black, Latino, bi-racial, bi-curious, gay, straight, and every other color of the rainbow-brethren did, too. You could seriously give Barack Obama–who should also get a name that’s easier to deal with, don’t you think?–a run for his money in the “unifying people” category.

But we’re not writing to chasten you today, we’re writing to thank you. Because you’ve actually done us a great service. For one thing, you’ve made the Republican Party look baaaaad. In an age where the GOP is desperately trying to rebrand itself as a more inclusive and, like, fun party, you’re a soft-spoken, gently-coiffed, silvery reminder that it’s not. For another, you’ve driven a whole new group of voters with annoyingly difficult names to the Democrats, people who might have voted for you once upon a time but who have been fleeing your party in droves for the last 20 years because they’ve just found the Democratic party easier to “deal with.” Which is unfortunate for you and yours since Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority group in the country (Need a transliteration? We’re taking over everything). Thank you for reminding us, too, that voter rights aren’t something we can take for granted, and that we can’t rely on lawmakers like you to, say, actually make laws that ensure those rights. So we need to make sure our vote counts–first and foremost–by voting people like you, with your easy-to-deal-with-names and your hard-too-fathom-ignorance, right out of office.

with gratitude,


p.s. How awesome is Ramey Ko, the nice, articulate, good English-speaking Asian gentleman who testified before you and the House Elections Committee? Did you learn his difficult name? You should, because you’re going to be working for him someday.

Impressively, this story has gone global. The Liberty Times, the Merit Times, Ta Kung Pao, Sina, Sina Hong Kong (English translation), and the Telegraph have all picked up on the story.

Oh and that Facebook group? It now has 767 members.

– Justin Gillenwater

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