Up for Debate: ESPN's racially offensive headline

Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 11:39pm

What is your reaction to the racially offensive headline for a story about the New York Knicks and Jeremy Lin? What about the subsequent action taken by ESPN? [See related CNN story here.]

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44 Comments on this post:

By: bnakat on 2/20/12 at 12:47

From the "offensive headline" story: "(CNN) -- ESPN has fired the employee responsible for writing an offensive headline about basketball sensation Jeremy Lin and suspended an anchor who used the same ethnic slur, the sports network said Sunday.

The headline read "Chink in the Armor," referencing the New York Knicks' 89- 85 loss Friday night to the New Orleans Hornets that ended the team's season-high winning streak."
ESPN, et al are far too sensitive about every utterance that might be considered "racially offensive." Such shallow decisions have removed "Huck Finn" from some school libraries. We seem to have reached a point where the only group that is not allowed to take umbrage at some supposed slight is white, American males.

By: dargent7 on 2/20/12 at 5:12

The sports writer was fired. Two weeks ago a sports DJ called a female reporter a pig, mamoth, fat butt, etc. He was fired.
We all remember Don Imus's 5 words about Rutgers. Jimmy the Greek, etc.
America is still touchy about slang derogatory comments concerning minorities.
And Corp. America deals with it harshly.

By: dargent7 on 2/20/12 at 5:46

"slight, white, American male"? I tip the scales at 221. With at least 10% pure muscle.

By: govskeptic on 2/20/12 at 6:06

The Press and especially networks like Disney's ABC & ESPN leads the
way for Political correctness in all it's forms. While some slang language
from the past should be off limits, there no end to it for some. Writer's are
often ask to apologize and then fired. I suppose it's easier for many of
these managers to show upper management how great they are by just
firing someone versus mentoring and guiding an employee!

By: dargent7 on 2/20/12 at 6:24

You cannot "mentor" an adult male who uses the word "Chink" to describe an Asian.
Germans don't want to be called if they lose a game, "Sour Kraut".
A Japanese called, "Nipped in the Bud".
It's a cute play on words, but not so in America.
Maybe if France lost something in sports, you could say, "French Fried".
That's harmless. "Nappy headed hoes", is a double whammy.
Slang is hurtful.

By: Loner on 2/20/12 at 6:28

Good morning, Nashville.

The poor choice of words may have been unintentional...I haven't heard anyone use the term "Chink", to describe a person of Chinese descent in several decades...younger folks may never have heard that slur...they sure know it now.

Lin has forgiven the offenders...that's the main thing.

While we are at it, it's good to avoid using the word "Oriental", when referring to people of Asian descent...the word is on the way out...same for the word "Negro"....it's also on the way to becoming "offensive".

Apparently, it's still OK to call native Americans "Indians"...that misnomer is very resistant to extinction.

For those who feel compelled to look down on some ethnic group, it's still OK to denigrate, mock, ridicule and make fun of American Hillbillies....a perfect example of that is the cartoon hit "Squidbillies"....I gotta admit it, I like Squidbillies....very funny, IMO.

Here's a video of their intro:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IH1nKrLwpE&feature=related

By: Loner on 2/20/12 at 6:36

Slight white males?

"Chicks dig scrawny pale guys"....I got that on a black T-shirt...it's such a powerful babe magnet, I only wear that shirt once a year...at the Watkins Glen Vintage car Race every September...it's my most powerful piece of clothing.

Uh, you gotta weigh under 150# to be able to wear a shirt like that...and you better be able to back it up, when the "chicks" comment on the shirt....they always do.

By: yogiman on 2/20/12 at 7:00

I guess the "times they are a changing" phase of life has been put to a standstill and has become a thing of the past. Has it become a point where so many people have begun to resent their racial heritage?

It seems to be okay to call a Caucasian anything you wish but you should be very careful what you call anyone of another race.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/20/12 at 7:25

I do not pay much attention to racial comments since the United States is pretty much a mongrel country now. If one were to have rabbit ears these days he or she would be offended 12 times every day no matter where you were with the exception of Hillwood,Belle Meade and Richland Country Club.

By: dargent7 on 2/20/12 at 7:40

I remember not too long ago the Atlanta Braves wanted to change their name, as did the Washington Redskins.
But, Indians can call a white person, "Paleface speak with forked tongue"...no big deal.
"Towel Head" for an Arab is a good one. "Camel Jockey" dates back 50 years.

By: yogiman on 2/20/12 at 7:57

Nicknames were accepted for decades and most people seemed to be proud of their nickname until one "man" in a group became offended and spread it over the "rest" of them.

By: zebrotha on 2/20/12 at 8:14

One must take care of sensitive minority skin and its media skin softeners, otherwise the thin skinned might develop enough callouses to point out that today’s politically profitable minority patronization is not the same thing as “mutual respect between equals. ”

By: BenDover on 2/20/12 at 9:12

I just wonder when ethnic hyper-sensitivity got elevated above the Top 10 list.

And it's almost never the offended but those of the perpetually enraged class -- always outraged on behalf of others. Just another pie-wedge of the liberal dogma... keep your diverse caucuses of incongruous aims all p*ssed off at 'The Man' .

By: pswindle on 2/20/12 at 9:46

Racial slurs really started when President Obama was elected. Do you remember Chip, GOP Consultant, when he sent out to all of GOP Buddies, "Barrack the Negro Dragon?" He was going to be the Chairman of the Republican Party, but thanks that did not happen. I have been seeing him on national TV a little, but all I can see in him is how racial he really is.

By: Loner on 2/20/12 at 10:02

The board is bored this morning?

The subject was quickly played out....any ideas?

By: dargent7 on 2/20/12 at 10:34

Ah, Santorum upped his ante, and wants to ban all "pre-natal" screening, imaging, Ultra sound..."because if you see a birth defect, you'll likely have an abortion. (typical Republican head-in-sand approach).... "we'll free the Iraqi people in 6 months..."
Yes. Baby's heart is developing OUTSIDE the chest. Baby's brain developing outside the skull. Baby's intestines are outside the adominal cavity.
Santorum: "Still, must have the baby". It's a miracle from God, Almighty.
15 operations and $2.0 million later, the kid still dies.
Man can override Nature, but when the defect is so horrendeous, it's time to pull the plug.
How's that, Loner?

By: BenDover on 2/20/12 at 10:37

I think they should be required for the mother to see before doing an abortion.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/20/12 at 10:49

BENDOVER......And I want you to contribute an extra share of your income to support these "unaborted babies" that you want to save. WHO is going to take care of these unwanted children?

By: brrrrk on 2/20/12 at 10:56

Rasputin72 said

"BENDOVER......And I want you to contribute an extra share of your income to support these "unaborted babies" that you want to save. WHO is going to take care of these unwanted children?"

Agreed!! And meanwhile the wealthy can afford to take their little "vacations" outside of the country to get their "treatments".

By: yogiman on 2/20/12 at 11:01

dargent7,

When did Santorum become Almighty. Or is that just a nickname you have given him? I have always thought it was God who was the Almighty.

By: BenDover on 2/20/12 at 11:05

Evidently you see people as a liability to society. I see them as a much needed asset.

Abortion on demand with is just a morphing of the Eugenics movement with better marketing.

It's not that I believe that abortion can, or even should, be banned but to ignore the social consequence of using abortion as a form of birth control (which is where we are as a society now) is probably the biggest illustration of cultural rot our society is suffering now.

I like the way one of my liberal friends put it... "hopefully no one is 'for' abortion but we realize it as a tragic necessity in some cases". Your post, Raspy, makes him a right winger by comparison for not wanting to protect Mother Earth from more of the human infestation... or worse illustrating an elitist eugenic mentality that says some people shouldn't breed.

By: yogiman on 2/20/12 at 11:07

pswindle,

Racial slurs have been going on since time began. So often, when an idiot doesn't know the answer to a remark or what to say to someone, the only thing they can think of that "makes them smarter" is a racial slang word or phrase.

By: yogiman on 2/20/12 at 11:13

Loner,

Looking for a new subject for the day? Check on 1elearns.com/nccs and take an easy lesson on the government.

By: yogiman on 2/20/12 at 11:14

Too many esses in the title. that is 1elearn.com/nccs.

By: brrrrk on 2/20/12 at 11:26

BenDover said

"Evidently you see people as a liability to society. I see them as a much needed asset."

So you believe (as Rick Santorum does) that the fetus created out of rape or incest is a "gift from God". Or that allowing a mother to die (who may have several other children to take care of) is appropriate just for the sake of preserving the life on an unborn child?

By: yogiman on 2/20/12 at 12:07

brrrrk,

Its common for everyone to think they are smarter than everyone else, but the one thing I agree with you on is the rape, incest situation.

I believe any man, or woman, who is guilty of being a rapist, or performing incest with their children, should be "fixed" before they could pull another incident on it.

I believe a woman should be given a volunteer "fix" the day after a rape instead of waiting until she learns she needs an abortion and the man should be castrated.

By: Loner on 2/20/12 at 12:25

If men, not women bore children, birth control would be free and universally available. Any man undergoing an abortion would be considered virtuous. Mother's Day would be celebrated monthly.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/20/12 at 12:31

BRRRK and BEN DOVER......What do you think wealth is for if it is not for taking "little vacations" outside the country

BENDOVER.......I see at this juncture of civilization no need for a human being to be born that has no chance of staying off the welfare rolls and out of my pocket. These unwanted kids may someday rob and kill the children whose parents can afford them and want them.

You may be one of these do-gooders who cannot or will not see or understand the big picture that is always ever present in society. Do you remember that "JESUS WEPT" He wept because he was able to see the big picture and utter futility that existed between the productive people and those that were a blight upon society by their birth. He tried his best to help and protect them and it was a fruitless and a futile failure. (at least on this earth)

By: Loner on 2/20/12 at 12:42

I feel a ballad coming on....

If only the fathers were the mothers,
Birth control would be available and free
If only the fathers were the mothers,
Abortion would be protected, Constitutionally.

If only the fathers were the mothers,
There'd be no deadbeat dads.
If only the fathers were the mothers,
Things might not be so sad.

If only the fathers were the mothers,
The women might rule the earth.
If only fathers were the mothers,
It might increase humanity's worth.

By: Loner on 2/20/12 at 12:48

Under President Santorectum, the Castrati will be making a big comeback...the ultimate sacrifice? The ethereal sound of the Castrati must be heavenly to behold...if Rick gets in, "The Castriti's Greatest Hits" and Gregorian Chant will be back in fashion.

Stock up on incense now, before the price goes up.

By: brrrrk on 2/20/12 at 1:27

Loner said

"Stock up on incense now, before the price goes up."

I feel an online E-commerce site in the making..... unfortunately incense.com is taken, but opusdeiincense.com is available for that taking. :-)

By: BenDover on 2/20/12 at 2:52

Well La-Di-Daa... Rasputin giving me a lecture on the 'big picture'.

Look Raspy... we're being out-bred by fundamental Islam by about 4 to 1. Throw in open borders and an unchecked ideal of multi-culturalism and you'll find your pragmatic terminate-the-wretched-fetuses society into a democratic minority to Sharia-loving Muslims in just a generation or two... if you don't believe it just take a quick look at our future as it is washing over Western Europe like a 7th Century time bomb.

Too smart by half, I guess, to accept that some of the cultural mores and long forgotten lessons sewn into our social fabric sometimes have a little good built into their experience. Or we could just learn the same lessons again the hard way, I guess.

"Big picture", you say? What an effin' moron.

By: dargent7 on 2/20/12 at 3:22

You Republican nutz better listen VERY carefully to this Santorum fellow.
No Ultra Sound? No digital Imaging? Amniocentesis is so 60's. You really want a Down Syndrome baby like Palin?
And the mother is looking directly at the plasma screen watching the baby's heart, head, face, fingers, and toes during an Ultra sound..
That's if all goes according to plan.
How about a rape, black on white, incest, Uncle Earl and his 12 year old neice? God's providing a rape victim a "gift"?
How about the brain is developing OUTSIDE the skull?
I know this might make a Republican give pause and think...NAW!

By: dargent7 on 2/20/12 at 3:24

You Republican nutz better listen VERY carefully to this Santorum fellow.
No Ultra Sound? No digital Imaging? Amniocentesis is so 60's. You really want a Down Syndrome baby like Palin?
And the mother is looking directly at the plasma screen watching the baby's heart, head, face, fingers, and toes during an Ultra sound..
That's if all goes according to plan.
How about a rape, black on white, incest, Uncle Earl and his 12 year old neice? God's providing a rape victim a "gift"?
How about the brain is developing OUTSIDE the skull?
I know this might make a Republican give pause and think...NAW!

By: dargent7 on 2/20/12 at 3:25

Sorry,...too much Cialis.

By: BenDover on 2/20/12 at 3:35

That's a little radical for my own taste, darge, as is giving up birth control; but evidently it's counter-balanced quite well with the new resident Mengele devotee so I'm not too worried about it. Santorum has his views.

Maybe the fact that Obama uses the Executive branch to legislate by fiat; ignoring the laws he doesn't like and prosecuting those he would wish to have; has you a little spooked of the precedent it might set. Santorum is a constitutionalists though and will be bound by it. He has no more authority to ban abortion than Reagan did, though that won't stop the boogie man charges.

I'm willing to bet though that < 1% of abortions fall into the category of which you describe leaving 99% in the inconvenience category of which a large number of young women grow up to regret.

Besides, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned on Constitutional grounds it won't limit the states from allowing abortion. It's all just a bunch of hysteria to get the women fired up.... dang 19th amendment.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/20/12 at 6:09

BenDover..........Most of the abortions should occur within the underclass population. This holds down future crime. I can not imagine bringing a child into this world unless you can afford to give this child the financial advantages required to stay away from the ravages of the growing majority of underclass people.

By: Loner on 2/20/12 at 6:26

I'm back from my Monday protest gig; I see that Ben Dover has compared President Obama to Dr. Joseph Mengele, the infamous Nazi physician who specialized in terminal experiments using human subjects. That's just a wee bit over the top.

As for governance by Executive fiat, Junior Bush used the technique on a regular basis....at the time, we liberals complained about it...Ben laughed at our alarm back then...now that the tactic is being used by "Dr. Mengele", he finally objects....too little and too late.

Ben claims that Rick Santorum is a "Constitutionalist"....uh, right.....until the ends justify the means, then the Constitution is trumped by political exigencies of the day.

As Santorum illustrated on the Sunday talk shows, he patterns his beliefs and actions upon the theology of the Judeo-Christian Holy Bible. That might satisfy the Ben Dovers out there, but I would prefer a POTUS who patterns his beliefs and actions upon the US Constitution, not the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.

By: yogiman on 2/20/12 at 6:42

Loner,

I agree with you on a POTUS willingly considering the Constitution in every decision they make. It would be better if Congress would follow that theory also.

I mentioned it before, but there's a good course on the constitution at no charge. Its called 1elearn.com/nccs. Try it, you might like it. That is, if you agree with it.

By: BenDover on 2/20/12 at 9:08

Loner... the Joseph Mengele reference wasn't against Obama, but for our newest contributor, Rasputin. Trust this though, I reserve violating Godwin's Law for heinous infringements; and although I'm a little remiss in my normal hospitality I think if you review the earlier posts you will see what I'm talking about.

Smooches,

bd

By: PKVol on 2/21/12 at 10:33

I work with someone who was born in a latin american country that calls whites - gringos. According to Wikipedia, this is defined as: "While in Spanish it simply identifies a foreigner, without any negative connotation, in English the word is often considered offensive or disparaging."

Should I be offended as a white person? If I should, why should I be and who is it to tell me that I should be?

Shouldn't it be up to the 'offended' to denounce the slur and declare offense? How can a corporate 'suit' determine that the remark is offensive if they were not offended?

By: DREIFMA on 2/21/12 at 1:44

Its such a sad commentary on how corporate America responds to perceived slurs of any kind to appear more sensitive, more in tune with society. I have seen this sort of idiotic behavior coming for some time. The number of networks, companies and worthy causes I support shrinks everytime this stuff happens.

By: DREIFMA on 2/21/12 at 1:45

See you less ESPN.

By: spooky24 on 2/22/12 at 8:29

I agree this insane political correctness hurts corporations that must have public funds like Metro's TV stations or any other funds seekers like Second harvest. The media can make a big deal out of this and 'demand' something however they can stop persons from withholding charitable gifts.
If you are anyway involved in these witch hunts forget any funds coming your way. Good way to fight back against this stupidity

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