Comedienne Margaret Cho has fired back at critics who were not amused by her dig at North Koreans at the Golden Globes on Sunday night (11Jan15), insisting she's free to poke fun at her country folk because she is "from this tribe".

Cho portrayed unsmiling North Korean Army general and film writer Cho Yung Ja during a televised skit at the Globes, during which she posed for an uncomfortable cellphone snap with Meryl Streep.

The ceremony audience found the moment funny, but critics have suggested the portrayal was racially insensitive.

Addressing the fall-out on Monday (12Jan15), Cho released a statement to, which read: "I'm of North and South Korean descent, and I do impressions of my family and my work all the time, and this is just another example of that. I am from this culture. I am from this tribe. And so I'm able to comment on it.

"I can do whatever I want when it comes to Koreans - North Koreans, South Korean. I'm not playing the race card, I'm playing the rice card. I'm the only person in the world, probably, that can make these jokes and not be placed in a labour camp."

Cho added, "If it's Asian Americans making fun of Asians, we're claiming our own voice, we're claiming our heritage. We're claiming all of the aspects of our own culture, and we're allowed to. Even though it may get us put in a labour camp. If that happens, you have to send Bill Clinton to come and get me."