I can't believe a company as big and self aware as ESPN let something like this slip through. Somebody will probably lose their job over it.
No kidding -- this is *amazing* for a corporatized, focus-grouped outfit like that. I wonder how many people reviewed that headline?
That's racially Linsensitive.
You win the internet
I believe you mean Linternet.
If I could, I would moderate this post "Linsightful."
Nobody would have published this "on accident" and not be aware of it's meaning.
...they apparently have something against people of Asian ancestry.
I had a good laugh at that. Honestly, I wish they had headline fails more often.
In high school, one of our starting linebackers was Derick Cox, and he was injured for a game and our local paper posted the headline: "Huskies to face Rangers with Cox out."
Wow. Yeah, big-time fail!
Yeah I saw this earlier. They issued an apology over it this morning.
ESPN has very little journalistic integrity, as everyone saw from the Feldman incident. To see them stoop this low is no surprise. Junk organization.
How did no one notice this? Slightly objectionable. That is a terrible job by ESPN.
Linbarrassing for espn
They're trying to backpedal ...
It took me a while to see the racial insensitivity, I can understand how this would be missed by people that never hear the term used in a racial context. So from that end, it actually says a lot about the people at ESPN. That said, they should be embarrassed for writing a piece with any negativity after the guy loses one game.
I heard a reporter complaining that another writer referred to him as "a shifty guard" and then tried to tie the word shifty to early 1900 stereotypes of Asians .... If that can be considered insensitive then this will make some national coverage
is that inappropriate?
A "that's hilarious" laugh = inappropriate
A "holy shit did that just happen" laugh = very appropriate
knows that the proper racially coded word for Asians is "inscrutible."
inscrutable, impossible to understand or interpret.
Heh, if it was black slur NAACP and Sharpton would be hollering like no other by now.
I think most people would agree that what you just said is absoloutely RIDICULOUS.
First... "hollering?" Wow.
Second... Did you really just compare this Asian slur, "chink" to the N-word? Both are bad and never need to be used...ever. But one has HISTORY and is more than just a word, particularly in America. Maybe you can compare the Asian slur to a slur for white-Americans "cracker"...which also does not have a place, EVER. But comparing this to the N-word is foul on so many levels.
What if it wasn't the n-word?
What if they posted a picture of a basketball team on the bus (predominantly black), having a great time and laughing because they just won a game?
What if they put a headline under it and said "Barrel Full of Monkeys"?
I would think even in that instance, NAACP and others would be protesting immediately and threatening boycott.
Well Fox contributor Jason Whitlock also made reference recently to Lin's potential lack of....er.....shall we say "girth" so the media is covering all the racial bias bases on this story.
Based on the lack of national outrage over these incidents I guess we can say it's still ok to make fun of asians.
There is zero chance this was an accident. There are only like five racial slurs in existence for asians, and one of them happen to shows up on an ESPN headline?
Wow, that is unbelievable.
I like that the apology is in microscopic print on an obscure page on their site:
There is no way mutliple people could see that without knowing. Especilly given that, you know, literally the only reason he is famous is that he is asian. It has to be an intentional effort to get attention. Which we are giving it.