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Margaret Cho defends her North Korean bit at the Golden Globes

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Comedian Margaret Cho has taken to Twitter to respond to critics who found her running Golden Globes gag racist.

Many people were offended by her impression as Cho Young-ja, a fictional North Korean member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The gag included a number of awkward exchanges between hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey and her character, who was hardly supportive of the ceremony.

Cho defended the gag as an act of free speech, a theme that coursed throughout the night in everything from acceptance speeches to signs reading “Je Suis Charlie.”

The comedian, along with her many supporters on Twitter, maintained that the performance was not racist.

This is not the first time that Cho has played the “rice card.” Fey and Cho did a bit of this sort together before, when she guest starred on Fey’s 30 RockĀ asĀ both Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un.

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