David Cross Responds To Charlyne Yi's Racist Allegations

Angelo Anderson
October 19, 2017

Actor Charlyne Yi says she had a troubling, racist encounter with a well-known comedian and actor when she was just starting out in the comedy scene. He also added that he is "not a racist nor a bully" alongside the hashtag #Rashomon to his statement, likely in reference to the noted Japanese film, in which several different men each recall, in different ways, a brutal murder.

"I think about the first time I met David Cross ten years ago & he made fun of my trousers (that were tattered because I was poor)", Yi, 31, tweeted Sunday.

"When introduced to her, I must have done my version of a southern redneck character", Cross writes, "one which I am well acquainted with from growing up in Georgia, which I have made fun of forever (Ronnie Dobbs, stand up, etc.) and Charlyne did not understand I was doing my "welcome to Shreveport" greeting". Yi was the girlfriend of one of Cross' friends, so the actor says he was aware of her before they met in person.

"I think about the first time I met David Cross ten years ago & he made fun of my trousers (that were tattered because I was poor)", Yi wrote on Twitter.

In a series of tweets Yi, who played Dr. Chi Park in House, called out Cross for putting on a cod Chinese accent and suggesting she would be good at karate. You don't speak English?? "Ching-chong-ching-chong", Yi tweeted to her roughly 27,000 followers.

But the comedian said "I don't remember this at all" and insisted the incident she described would be out of character.


Ms. Yi said she hoped that over the course of 10 years Mr. "DM me so I can understand all of this".

"HOWEVER it is very uncool that a 40+ man was being racist towards me, being a young 20 year old woman who was clearly on the verge of tears from his first racist comment", she said.

The "Arrested Development" star reportedly reached out to other people who were there when they met to "get verification". "I would never intentionally hurt someone like that", Cross tweeted to his roughly 116,000 followers.

Cross said he wasn't accusing Yi of lying and that it was never his intention to do so. I do remember meeting her though.

"With the luxury of time and critical thought (two things antithetical to Twitter) in regards to all of this I believe I may have figured it out", he wrote in the note shared to Twitter, which was titled "A Fruitless Endeavor Part 2".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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