David Cross Addresses Charlyne Yi's Accusations of Racist Behavior: 'I Do Not Remember Doing This'

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In a series of tweets published late Sunday, actress and comedian Charlyne Yi shared a story detailing the first time she met comedian David Cross. The incident took place 10 years ago, when Yi was 20 and Cross was in is early 40s, and it did not go well. After making fun of her pants—which Yi says were tattered because she was “poor”—Cross balked at her silent reaction by saying, “What’s a matter? You don’t speak English?? Ching-chong-ching-chong.”


When Cross realized Yi was offended, Yi claims, “he asked me if I was going to fight with him karate in a southern accent.” After sharing the story, Yi tweeted:

Last night, Cross responded to Yi’s allegations on Twitter, claiming he doesn’t remember the incident, but that he apologizes if he hurt her. He also claims to have “[reached] out to her privately” to discuss whether or not they are both “misremembering” the events of that night.

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Of course he says he doesn’t remember anything. Why would he? When you are a famous person meeting a non-famous person, it’s far more likely that the interaction would just fade into the background of your memory, as opposed to when you are a non-famous person meeting a famous person. In 2007 I shook Barack Obama’s hand for .25 seconds in a long line after a rally. I still remember that vividly! And yet, I am 100% certain that he does not remember shaking my hand.

Compound that with inappropriate people who tend to spout off to others below their social status (typically men who like “pushing boundaries”), and you get what was probably a totally boring, normal, unremarkable day for David Cross and what was actually a fraught and stressful and terrible experience for her.