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Melange
Feb 21st, 2012, 07:28 PM
...and the backlash has already started.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/20/espn-jeremy-lin-racist-headline-apology-editor_n_1289093.html?ref=basketball

Jeremy Lin has heard it before.

As an Asian-American basketball player struggling for years to realize his NBA dreams, Lin has dealt with the overt racism of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Jason Whitlock as well as the coded compliments of those who marvel at how "deceptively athletic" he can be. Having endured racial taunts throughout his life on the court, Lin may have been among those least shocked by the offensive headline that ESPN ran to accompany a story about the New York Knicks' loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday.

After that loss, ESPN promoted an article about the game on its mobile platforms by pairing an image of Lin with the headline "Chink In The Armor." The headline lasted less than an hour before being swapped for "All Good Things...," but drew withering and widespread criticism, notably from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). On Saturday morning, ESPN apologized for the offensive headline and promised "a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures."

“ESPN has apologized,” Lin said after the Knicks' impressive win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. “I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever. At the same time, they’ve apologized, and so from my end I don’t care anymore. [You] have to learn to forgive. And I don’t even think that was intentional, or hopefully not."

On Sunday, ESPN announced the firing of the editor responsible for publishing the headline. ESPN also revealed that disciplinary action had been taken against an ESPN News anchor who had previously used the same phrase while discussing Lin's meteoric rise with Knicks broadcaster and NBA Hall of Famer Walt Frazier.

The former ESPN employee, Anthony Frederico, responsible for publishing the offensive headline spoke with the Daily News, both to apologize for any harm done but also to claim that he had not used the phrase with any racial motivation.

"This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny," Anthony Federico told the Daily News. "I'm so sorry that I offended people. I'm so sorry if I offended Jeremy."

Frederico claimed to the Daily News that his choice of the oft-used sports cliche was an "honest mistake" and not intended to make light of a racial slur used against Asians. :lol: :haha:

On Monday, California congresswoman Judy Chu, the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress, addressed the ESPN headline during an appearance on MSNBC.

"I think that the use of the term is appalling and offensive," Chu said on MSNBC. “The ‘c’ word is for Asian Americans like the ‘n’ word is for African Americans."

Less than 24 hours after ESPN's headline, "Saturday Night Live" addressed Linsanity in its opening sketch, focusing on the overuse of puns as well as the prevalence of racial stereotypes in media commentary about the Knicks' point guard. Aside from calling out various members of the media -- ESPN, the New York Post and MSG -- for offensive references to Lin, the sketch not-so-subtly suggested that there is the sort of double standard at work that congresswoman Chu would later refer to during her appearance on MSNBC.

According to a former Harvard teammate, Lin was previously taunted with the C-word during his Ivy League days and dealt with other racist gibes, such as the time when someone in the stands yelled "sweet-and-sour pork" when the Crimson were taking on Georgetown on the road.

So, whether the headline was intentionally offensive or not, Lin has certainly heard many of these things before. And, sadly, he may very well hear it again.

Melange
Feb 21st, 2012, 07:29 PM
When they told Tiger Woods not to have fried chicken at the Masters dinner, there was no offense intended there either.

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edificio
Feb 21st, 2012, 08:26 PM
I never even heard of this guy until last week and also that breast woman everyone is gaga over (VS model, I think).

I'm out of it. Definitely.

edificio
Feb 21st, 2012, 08:27 PM
When they told Tiger Woods not to have fried chicken at the Masters dinner, there was no offense intended there either.

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Who is "they"? It was a golfer who speculated that Woods would have stereotypical black food. He got his just rewards, too.

Sammo
Feb 21st, 2012, 08:29 PM
When they told Tiger Woods not to have fried chicken at the Masters dinner, there was no offense intended there either.

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Oh my God SNL is such a shit compared to MadTV :help: Is that really one of their best sketches?

edificio
Feb 21st, 2012, 08:36 PM
Oh my God SNL is such a shit compared to MadTV :help: Is that really one of their best sketches?

Well, it was one of the better ones because it shows the hypocrisy in use of stereotypes. The show really is not good as a whole. It hasn't been for a while. They are too cautious, unlike MadTV, which you know is no longer on. But it can have a good sketch now and then. If there is one good sketch per episode, we are lucky. The rest will be overly drawn out sketches that were not funny to begin with. Bad writing.

Melange
Feb 21st, 2012, 08:37 PM
^thats quite funny by their standards

Inger67
Feb 21st, 2012, 09:41 PM
Omg I can't believe ESPN actually thought it would be okay to title an article "Chink in the Armor"

Seriously? :tape:

Melange
Feb 21st, 2012, 10:17 PM
The most hilarious comment was from Jason Whitlock, who is usually a self-appointed crusader on race issues in sport

Readers, this is Jason's infamous tweet "Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple inches of pain tonight." :hysteric:

Mynarco
Feb 21st, 2012, 10:20 PM
How a professional journalist can resort to such a cheap joke is beyond me.

Pops Maellard
Feb 21st, 2012, 10:28 PM
:tape:

Ellen Dawson
Feb 21st, 2012, 10:48 PM
The most hilarious comment was from Jason Whitlock, who is usually a self-appointed crusader on race issues in sport

Readers, this is Jason's infamous tweet "Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple inches of pain tonight." :hysteric:

:haha:

I don't keep up so this is the first time I've seen this tweet. :lol:

Sp!ffy
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:34 PM
Lin. :lick:

Theodoropen
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:45 PM
Omg I can't believe ESPN actually thought it would be okay to title an article "Chink in the Armor"

Seriously? :tape:

IKR? What makes it even more unbelievable is that they used this exact headline once before (Beijing Olympics) and got a lot of justified flack for it. You'd think they would have learnt their lesson.

PhilePhile
Feb 22nd, 2012, 02:52 AM
The term "Chink in the Armor" was not even used in the correct/right context. So it implied devious intent or incompetent. Therefore someone got fired almost instantly and swiftly.


Of note, Lin graduated from Harvard with ...

Lin finished his career as the first player in the history of the Ivy League to record at least 1,450 points (1,483), 450 rebounds (487), 400 assists (406) and 200 steals (225).[16] He graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in economics and a 3.1 grade-point average.

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Lin

Halardfan
Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:06 PM
Racism towards Asians and people of Asian descent has remained acceptable in some quarters to a degree it wouldnt be in regards to other races.

Melange
Feb 22nd, 2012, 03:16 PM
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7598101

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith classifies only one word as a buzz word where nobody should go and everything else is alright. Even Skip Bayless finds that hard to accept

Szavay #1
Feb 25th, 2012, 12:02 AM
on vacation we're staying at the holiday lin. ;)

Melange
Feb 26th, 2012, 03:39 PM
Ben & Jerry's sorry for fortune cookies

ESPN.com news services

Ben & Jerry's, the iconic ice cream brand famous for flavors borrowed from all bands of the culinary spectrum, has apologized for including fortune cookies in its "Taste the Lin-Sanity" frozen yogurt sold at a Harvard Square location in Boston.

The Vermont-founded company has replaced the fortune cookies in its honey-swirl, Jeremy Lin-inspired variety with sweet and sour sauce.

"We offer a thousand apology if anyone was offended by our handmade Lin-Sanity flavor," Ben & Jerry's said in a statement.

Lin, the New York Knicks point guard who shot to NBA stardom this month after spurring a win streak in the absence of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, played four seasons for the Harvard Crimson before turning pro in 2010.

"We are proud and honored to have Jeremy Lin hail from one of our fine, local universities and we are huge sports fans," Ben & Jerry's said in the news release. "Our intention was to create a flavor to honor Jeremy Lin's accomplishments and his meteoric rise in the NBA, and recognize that he was a local Harvard graduate.

"We try (to) demonstrate our commitment as a Boston-based, valued-led business and if we failed in this instance we offer our sincere apologies."

Melange
Feb 26th, 2012, 03:49 PM
so if they made a chocolate flavor one with small chicken nuggets in it and called it the Lebron, would that be ok?
2 Minutes Ago
broncohuss15
only if the last three bites sucked
1 Minute Ago
crusaderdrake
Problem is, you'd start a pint, make it 3/4 of the way through, then wouldn't feel like finishing it. :hysteric:

HippityHop
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:50 PM
What pisses me off are the people who seem to be attacking Lin. All that Lin is doing is playing basketball to the best of his ability. It's other folks who are making a big deal about it.

Ellen Dawson
Mar 15th, 2012, 10:28 PM
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-03-14/is-linsanity-over

http://images.businessweek.com/cms/2012-03-14/0313_linsanity_630x420.jpg

:wavey:

LeRoy.
Mar 15th, 2012, 10:38 PM
That tweet about " a couple of inches" of pain has me :haha:

http://gifsoup.com/view4/3243652/rihanna-small-penis-o.gif

harloo
Mar 15th, 2012, 11:17 PM
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-03-14/is-linsanity-over

http://images.businessweek.com/cms/2012-03-14/0313_linsanity_630x420.jpg

:wavey:


:haha::haha::haha::haha:

HippityHop
Mar 16th, 2012, 03:49 PM
How a professional journalist can resort to such a cheap joke is beyond me.

If that journalist is obsessed with other men's "endowments" it's not surprising.

fantic
Mar 16th, 2012, 06:20 PM
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-03-14/is-linsanity-over

http://images.businessweek.com/cms/2012-03-14/0313_linsanity_630x420.jpg

:wavey:

thx to 'SUPERSTARS' Marion and Anthony of course :facepalm:

Ellen Dawson
Mar 18th, 2012, 12:38 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/knicks-coach-might-mean-less-jeremy-lin-more-143041005.html;_ylt=AlhvGTatTtRwT6TW6QZp.d68vLYF

http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusnbaexperts/LinBD31612.jpg

Melange
Mar 18th, 2012, 01:48 PM
A lot of Linstability at that franchise now. They need to sort it out to make the playoffs.

fantic
Mar 18th, 2012, 04:16 PM
There's a reason why NY was doing well BEFORE Marion and Anthony returned. Those two selfish and no-hustle superstars are NOT helping the team, NY must sort THEM out.