Megan Lochte is now claiming that the bigotry extravaganza she brought to a 2008 appearance as a "field correspondent" on local Maryland talkshow Closing Time, hosted by comedian Mickey Cucchiella wasn't genuine, and she's actually a bastion of racial tolerance, Hostess treats and general goodwill.
Her spot on the show, taped after she attended the 2008 Beijing Olympics on behalf of brother Ryan, featured the slur "chink" at least six times. ("[Beijing] was chinked out." "They're always taking pictures—chink, chink, chink!—maybe that's where the name comes from.") After we posted the video yesterday, Megan told Celebuzz:
I would like to apologize for the video that is circulating... This was not a real interview, and it in no way reflects my true feelings or persona whatsoever. [Closing Time] was a show with different comedy skits, fake news skits and staged interviews. The video in question reflects a skit from the show in which I acted as an ignorant guest on a talk show that made ignorant comments.
OK, so Cucchiella's cringing was staged, this is all an alt-comedy bit that's simply too avant-garde for our understanding? Sure, except the other Closing Time videos available on YouTube seem like pretty straightforward interviews (with teammembers of the Baltimore Ravens, a dominatrix, a stuntman, etc., none of whom seem to adopt comedy personas).
So what was the point of Lochte's wanton racism during her appearance?
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.
Oh. We... we get it now? No word from Ryan "Jeah" Lochte on this, possibly because there's no Lochtian expression for "facepalm" or "You can't pick your family."