U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke

Our response? Eh…

Via NBC:

An official Chinese government news service lobbed a racial slur at outgoing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke, calling the third-generation Chinese-American a “rotten banana” — an Asian with Western values.

“When a banana sits out for long, its yellow peels will always rot, not only revealing its white core but also turning into the stomach-churning color of black,” the China News Service editorial said, according to the Associated Press.

The invective shocked some members of the Chinese public, who have applauded Locke in the past, and the State Department declined to respond to the rhetoric.

“I’m not going to dignify the name-calling in that editorial with a formal response,” agency spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

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