Megan Lochte isn’t a racist. She’s a troll.
The sister of Olympian Ryan Lochte was criticized earlier this week when a video from 2008 showed up online. In the video, Megan appears on a Talk Show to talk about her trip to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and repeatedly refers to Chinese people as “chinks.”
But Lochte said that she wasn’t expressing her personal views in the interview. Instead, she was playing a character to demonstrate the ignorance of people who hold racist views.
Lochte told US Weekly:
“This was not a real interview, and it in no way reflects my true feelings or persona whatsoever… 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….”
Megan, who was a Multicultural Marketing major, insists that the interview was a skit and that it was made to shed light on the ignorance of racism.
“The skit and my character were supposed to be making fun of ignorance (and not) any culture or class of people. I do see how it was highly offensive to the viewer, but as seen by today’s widespread outrage, it clearly did increase awareness of the ignorance of those who are racist. While the intent of the script was to shed light on cultural ignorance… I realize that in application it did offend people, and for that I apologize.”