“You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do…”
An Illinois congressman recently remarked that holding town halls is not “productive.” Which is fine, if you don’t want to the kind of politician who connects with your constituents on that level. But then he proceeded to compare town halls to the practice of “cleansing” by “Orientals,” to which we must respond: what the fuck?
Republican Rep. Mike Bost was referring to town hall gatherings occurring across the country, in which Republican members of Congress have met with raucous crowds expressing concerns about Donald Trump’s policies. You could say things have gotten kind of loud. Bost says the town halls are “out of control.”
“You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you’d put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them? That’s not what we need,” Bost said last week in a meeting editorial board of The Southern. “The amount of time that I have at home is minimal, I need to make sure that it’s productive.”
Bost hosted a tele-town hall instead of an in-person one. Basically, he didn’t want to get yelled at.
But seriously, what is up with this ridiculous reference to “Orientals”? Cleansing? 900 people yelling? What is he talking about? What the hell does that even mean? What weird-ass movie did he get that from? I’m sorry, but I can’t trust any politician that uses the word “Oriental” so casually and erroneously.
The congressman has since issued a statement saying he “used a poor choice of words” in describing the town halls. According to a spokesman, Bost was referring to sessions during China’s Cultural Revolution when individuals were publicly humiliated and subjected to verbal abuse by a crowd.
“Poor choice of words”? You’ve got to be kidding me. Even if Bost had a specific historical reference in mind — in the case, Mao’s China — who the hell uses the word “Orientals”? Even on accident? Ridiculous.
So… what’s everybody up to this weekend? I’m gathering 900 of my closest Oriental friends for a good old fashioned cleansing. We’re going to yell at someone! It’s going to be pretty sweet.