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Al Bundy
02-19-2012, 09:27 AM
http://frontrow.espn.go.com/2012/02/follow-up-statement-and-action/comment-page-1/#comment-2559

Use of an age old term get's someone fired.....

Deberg_1990
02-19-2012, 09:31 AM
What was the Offending term used?

tredadda
02-19-2012, 09:33 AM
When talking about the Knicks, there was some headline that was talking about a chink in their armor. Suddenly that is offensive.

KcMizzou
02-19-2012, 09:33 AM
What was the Offending term used?It was about Jeremy Lin having a "chink" in his armor.

Baconeater
02-19-2012, 09:34 AM
You have to know better when you work in the media.

stonedstooge
02-19-2012, 09:34 AM
Who got upset? The Chinks?

Okie_Apparition
02-19-2012, 09:35 AM
Atleast they didn't compare him to Hitler

suds79
02-19-2012, 09:37 AM
You have to know better when you work in the media.

This.

Hard to imagine what they where thinking.

ESPN employee - "Oh how can I work chink in the armor with this Jeremy Lin headline? That would be brilliant!"

ESPN - "You're fired."

redhed
02-19-2012, 09:42 AM
All about context.

KurtCobain
02-19-2012, 09:44 AM
I don't get it.

cabletech94
02-19-2012, 09:50 AM
RE: media's a bunch of pussys nowadays.

Okie_Apparition
02-19-2012, 09:53 AM
Maybe Holtus will get the ax after Moeaki breaks for a slant

Braincase
02-19-2012, 12:07 PM
Poor choice of words. Definitely inflammatory, and the writer and his editor should've known better.

loochy
02-19-2012, 12:18 PM
Another headline: Carmelo's Injury Made his KneeGrow

SuperChief
02-19-2012, 12:25 PM
Earlier this NCAA MBB season Holthus was doing a KU game and made a reference to King Kong after TRob did something awesome at the rim. I thought for sure someone would blow that out of proportion.

Spott
02-19-2012, 12:49 PM
His career is on the downhill slope. Hopefully he can nip it in the bud.

KCtotheSB
02-19-2012, 01:24 PM
What was the Offending term used?

Knick.

KC Tattoo
02-19-2012, 01:35 PM
Did he intercept a txt pic from Bret Fafarvre?

T-post Tom
02-19-2012, 01:51 PM
What was the Offending term used?

The headline read “Chink in the Armor”, regarding the Knicks loss to the Hornets and Lin's 9 turnovers in the game.

Donger
02-19-2012, 01:54 PM
Yeah, I read about this. Maybe it's just me, but the fact that it was the headline makes it more likely that this wasn't unintentional.

Just Passin' By
02-19-2012, 01:57 PM
The poor guy probably doesn't have a Chinaman's chance of getting his job back.

jspchief
02-19-2012, 02:00 PM
If even it wasn't intentional, chalk it up to getting fired for being an imbecile.

Spott
02-19-2012, 02:07 PM
The poor guy probably doesn't have a Chinaman's chance of getting his job back.

Dude, Chinamen is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian American if you please.

BigMeatballDave
02-19-2012, 02:10 PM
The headline read “Chink in the Armor”, regarding the Knicks loss to the Hornets and Lin's 9 turnovers in the game.

LMAO

Yes. I'm an insensitive prick.

Pioli Zombie
02-19-2012, 02:19 PM
I got banned from CP once for using the exact same word.

jspchief
02-19-2012, 02:25 PM
Really? Because we have a notorious racist that likes to use terms like that and has never been disciplined for it to my knowledge.

Frazod
02-19-2012, 02:26 PM
Apparently "Oriental" has fallen out of favor as well. You'd better say "Asian" now.

Bump
02-19-2012, 02:26 PM
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Donger
02-19-2012, 02:27 PM
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BigMeatballDave
02-19-2012, 02:29 PM
Apparently "Oriental" has fallen out of favor as well. You'd better say "Asian" now.

Unless you're referring to a rug. :)

Pioli Zombie
02-19-2012, 02:30 PM
The reporting on this has been slanted.

Deberg_1990
02-19-2012, 02:34 PM
Apparently "Oriental" has fallen out of favor as well. You'd better say "Asian" now.

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The Iron Chief
02-19-2012, 04:00 PM
Theres an "Asian" I work with and the crew avoids anything along the lines of Chink,slant eyes or even Oriental so we simply go with Tiny Dick....

vailpass
02-19-2012, 04:03 PM
I'm appalled.

Baconeater
02-19-2012, 04:04 PM
Wow, wait until Phobia sees this thread.

vailpass
02-19-2012, 04:06 PM
Wow, wait until Phobia sees this thread.

We can prevent that with a blind fold made out of dental floss.

mikey23545
02-19-2012, 04:09 PM
You know, I really feel you would have to base the consequences of using that colloquialism on knowledge of the writer...If he's never shown any racist tendencies in the past, I think I would have to chalk it up to simply not thinking before he used an extremely common sports metaphor.

In that case, firing seems much too harsh a punishment.

Hell, the argument could be made he's less racist than most people if the whole thing was brought about him never even thinking of Lin as an Asian, just a damn good up and coming BB player, so using the word chink didn't even strike him as inflammatory

vailpass
02-19-2012, 04:10 PM
Really? Because we have a notorious racist that likes to use terms like that and has never been disciplined for it to my knowledge.

Quit your whining you cracker ass cracker.

KcMizzou
02-19-2012, 04:15 PM
You know, I really feel you would have to base the consequences of using that colloquialism on knowledge of the writer...If he's never shown any racist tendencies in the past, I think I would have to chalk it up to simply not thinking before he used an extremely common sports metaphor.

In that case, firing seems much too harsh a punishment.

Hell, the argument could be made he's less racist than most people if the whole thing was brought about him never even thinking of Lin as an Asian, just a damn good up and coming BB player, so using the word chink didn't even strike him as inflammatoryThat's kinda what I thought about the ESPN guy who said the same thing during a broadcast. I don't think it ever even occurred to him. Hell, I wouldn't have thought of it, if it weren't pointed out.

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KcMizzou
02-19-2012, 04:16 PM
"HAHAHAH!!! He said 'chink'!!" Really? Grow up.

Title of that that video is stupid, BTW.

Frazod
02-19-2012, 04:20 PM
That's kinda what I thought about the ESPN guy who said the same thing during a broadcast. I don't think it ever even occurred to him. Hell, I wouldn't have thought of it, if it weren't pointed out.

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This. Of course, I don't think either of us is programmed to be offended by absolutely anything that could in any way be used as a possible excuse to cry RACISM! RACISM!

Fishpicker
02-19-2012, 04:21 PM
I thought it was a clever word play in The Man With The Golden Gun

Braincase
02-19-2012, 04:33 PM
Maybe Holtus will get the ax after Moeaki breaks for a slant

Rule of thumb: All Samoans are to be referred to as "Sir". Anything less is a slur.

kstater
02-19-2012, 04:39 PM
Wait, there's people that think this was an accident?

Frazod
02-19-2012, 05:06 PM
Wait, there's people that think this was an accident?

That would really piss you off, wouldn't it?

listopencil
02-19-2012, 05:16 PM
I'd say the announcer who used the idiom on air really had no racist intent, that's how it appeared to me. I'd say the headline was a purposeful pun using a racial slur and the guy had to be fired.

Baconeater
02-19-2012, 05:18 PM
Wait, there's people that think this was an accident?
It shouldn't matter even IF it was, when your job is to print words in the media you damn well better know what those words mean in ANY context.

Discuss Thrower
02-19-2012, 05:20 PM
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kstater
02-19-2012, 05:21 PM
It shouldn't matter even IF it was, when your job is to print words in the media you damn well better know what those words mean in ANY context.


I don't disagree.

WhiteWhale
02-19-2012, 06:24 PM
No cure for stupidity.

milkman
02-19-2012, 08:25 PM
Unless you're referring to a rug. :)

An Asian sporting a hairpiece?

DJ's left nut
02-19-2012, 08:41 PM
We're not really getting the PC Posse together, are we?

C'mon - that dude earned that firing. This isn't ESPN being overly sensitive. I have been a vampire the last several days so I was up studying when that post came up. I was in my basement and checking for the Lakers score when I saw it. It had a big-ass picture of Jeremy Lin dribbling committing a turnover and "Chink in the Armor" as the headline beneath it.

There's no way that was an accident and there's really no way that you can get away with it. Did I chuckle? Oh hell yeah - sorry 'bout that. But it's still just not something you can let slide.

Nope, that guy got his money's worth on that one. Oh well, if you're going to get fired for being racist, might as well be as virulent (and honestly, kinda clever) as you can on the way out. The quick-hitter beneath it should've said "The red hot Knicks come down with Yellow Feaver as the Hornets prove to be nanKing for a day" Fuck it - blaze of glory is the only way to go at that point.

BigMeatballDave
02-19-2012, 08:42 PM
An Asian sporting a hairpiece?

LMAO

mikeyis4dcats.
02-19-2012, 08:56 PM
not to mention they probably already had a memo out after the fortune cookie incident.

Setsuna
02-20-2012, 01:27 AM
Who got fired? I didn't bother to read the OP. It had to have been the editor. Oh and classic.

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Marty Mac Ver 2.0
02-20-2012, 03:43 AM
In other news, World's of Fun is introducing the Lin Express this summer.

-rimshot-
-crickets-

Extra Point
02-20-2012, 06:48 AM
The editor should get canned, too.

(Saulbadguy is on red alert!)

NewChief
02-20-2012, 07:06 AM
Probably posted elsewhere, but this shit is pretty great.

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mikey23545
02-20-2012, 08:54 AM
We're not really getting the PC Posse together, are we?

C'mon - that dude earned that firing. This isn't ESPN being overly sensitive. I have been a vampire the last several days so I was up studying when that post came up. I was in my basement and checking for the Lakers score when I saw it. It had a big-ass picture of Jeremy Lin dribbling committing a turnover and "Chink in the Armor" as the headline beneath it.

There's no way that was an accident and there's really no way that you can get away with it. Did I chuckle? Oh hell yeah - sorry 'bout that. But it's still just not something you can let slide.

Nope, that guy got his money's worth on that one. Oh well, if you're going to get fired for being racist, might as well be as virulent (and honestly, kinda clever) as you can on the way out. The quick-hitter beneath it should've said "The red hot Knicks come down with Yellow Feaver as the Hornets prove to be nanKing for a day" **** it - blaze of glory is the only way to go at that point.


So....Just curious...do you think whoever wrote the headline did it intentionally to make a racist joke when he must have surely known it was going to cost him his cushy job?

I'm not saying it was an accident, not saying it wasn't. Just seems wild someone would intentionally get themselves fired by taking an action that would not only get himself canned, but would also make it very, very tough for him to get a new job any time soon, all to get a cheap laugh.

kc hopeful
02-20-2012, 03:04 PM
So....Just curious...do you think whoever wrote the headline did it intentionally to make a racist joke when he must have surely known it was going to cost him his cushy job?

I'm not saying it was an accident, not saying it wasn't. Just seems wild someone would intentionally get themselves fired by taking an action that would not only get himself canned, but would also make it very, very tough for him to get a new job any time soon, all to get a cheap laugh.

Think it was accidental.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/jeremy-lin-slur-honest-mistake-fired-espn-editor-anthony-federico-claims-article-1.1025566

mikey23545
02-21-2012, 12:58 PM
Fired ESPN Editor Who Wrote Jeremy Lin ‘Chink’ Headline Claims It Was An ‘Honest Mistake’


Former ESPN editor Anthony Federico, who was fired over a controversial Jeremy Lin headline that used the word “chink,” told the Daily News that the entire thing was a “honest mistake.”

“This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny,” Federico contended. “I’m so sorry that I offended people. I’m so sorry if I offended Jeremy.”

In firing Federico, an ESPN employee since 2006, the company wrote a mea culpa to the Asian-American community, assuring them they would be “better in the future”:

We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin. His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future.

“ESPN did what they had to do,” Federico conceded and claimed that he used “chink in the armor” in a headline “at least 100 times” before fatefully using it last week.

“My faith is my life,” he said. “I’d love to tell Jeremy what happened and explain that this was an honest mistake. I had a career that I was proud of…I’m devastated that I caused a firestorm.”

http://www.mediaite.com/print/fired-espn-editor-who-wrote-jeremy-lin-chink-headline-claims-it-was-an-honest-mistake/



Not sure this sounds like someone who flung around a racist joke for kicks. :shrug: