SNL Does Oddly Racial Episode for Black History Month

One sketch knocks the hypocrisy of sportscasters for making jokes about Jeremy Lin's race while getting all pissy about similar jokes aimed at blacks, and another sketch asks what it would take for Obama to lose the black vote.

Plus goofing on Maya Angelou.

Regarding that first sketch: I agree on the hypocrisy but I think the solution here is for everyone to lighten up, not for everyone to submit further to PC.

Saturday Night Live knows well that racial jokes are funny -- since they use them themselves a lot. Oh, they don't do it in a mean way, and they often (as here) have some kind of defensible thesis they can point to, but still. If you're using them, you're not really against them.

On the other hand, the stuff with Lin seems deliberately nasty. See, e.g., this ESPN headline, now retracted and apologized for.

chinkinthepcarmor.png

Get it? Get it?! Get it?!

Media workers have so much to teach the nation about racial sensitivity.


Plus, Obama as Cosby.

I really liked the band they had, or their first song at least. The sound mix on the show was off and the singer was too buried under the guitars, so here's the recording-studio version, with the video.

Adding to the show's weirdly right-wing-ish vibe is that song, which includes the metaphorical lyric "get your gun ready" in a positive way (meaning, I guess, just "get into the game").


ESPN headline thanks to JohnE.

Posted by: Ace at 03:02 PM



Comments

1 They're still on? Who knew...

Posted by: Gmac at February 19, 2012 03:08 PM (WcmG/)

2 and apparently foisting off the same tired BS that drove off audiences originally.

Posted by: Gmac at February 19, 2012 03:09 PM (WcmG/)

3 Foist? No, Hu's second? Lin?no, he's on gaurd.

Posted by: Gmac at February 19, 2012 03:10 PM (WcmG/)

4 Looks like everyone's actually watching the video clips?

Posted by: Andy at February 19, 2012 03:12 PM (XG+Mn)

5 That long blank area above?

Ace put in a movie review and SOPA has been secretly enacted to censor it

Posted by: AoSHQ Conspiracy theorists at February 19, 2012 03:13 PM (Y+DPZ)

6 We thought we'd be funny, but the jig is up!

Posted by: ESPN at February 19, 2012 03:14 PM (Y+DPZ)

7 Holy crap! Chink in the armor??

But wait.. black rapsters can use Nigg*h with impunity.. White people can't even say a black man is well spoken.

But CNN can say chink??

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at February 19, 2012 03:16 PM (UTq/I)

8 Jeremy Lin wanted monetary damages, but we J--ed him down to a public apology


Posted by: ESPN at February 19, 2012 03:16 PM (Y+DPZ)

9 Oh, ok.. ESPN, not CNN.. whatevah..

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at February 19, 2012 03:17 PM (UTq/I)

10 Sleigh Bells has a track in Saints Row 3. Very catchy.

Posted by: The Chap in the Deerstalker Cap at February 19, 2012 03:17 PM (GmpXz)

11 Get it? Get it?! Get it?!
***

No. I can't it's inscrutable.

Posted by: WalrusRex at February 19, 2012 03:17 PM (Hx5uv)

12 Nothing to apologize for, they never said "boy!"

Posted by: Maureen Dowd at February 19, 2012 03:18 PM (Y+DPZ)

13 Once more around, pal, it's all pops and buzzes over here.

Posted by: Frank Sinatra, The Sinatra Group. at February 19, 2012 03:18 PM (kqbIK)

14 Maya Angelou like a stream of bat shit. She sprays out like a shaft of odorous liquid dung when all around stand with their hats tightly pulled down over their heads.

Posted by: Oscar Wilde at February 19, 2012 03:20 PM (QtvVO)

15 Look at that dunk by Lin!

Sure is cold tonight here in New York, isn't it

Sure is Chris, there's a nip in the air!

Posted by: EPSN at February 19, 2012 03:20 PM (Y+DPZ)

16 >> Once more around, pal, it's all pops and buzzes over here.

I've got chunks of guys like you in my stool.

Posted by: Andy at February 19, 2012 03:21 PM (XG+Mn)

17 So uhm... I'm not sure how to say this, so I'm just going to ask: Ace, does someone pay you to blog about SNL? Because your thing about SNL is just sorta weird.

Posted by: Truman North at February 19, 2012 03:21 PM (I2LwF)

18 Uh...

Is any of this my fault as an angry middle aged white male heterosexual Christianist?

Posted by: CoolCzech at February 19, 2012 03:21 PM (niZvt)

19 always had a thing for girls with straight bangs and an attitude ala Betty Paige.

Posted by: . at February 19, 2012 03:21 PM (kqlYK)

20 is, dammit. Maya Angelou is

Posted by: Oscar Wilde at February 19, 2012 03:22 PM (QtvVO)

21 Macaca! Macaca!

Wait.. who, what?

Oh, never mind ...

Posted by: Chris Matthews at February 19, 2012 03:22 PM (Y+DPZ)

22 20 is, dammit. Maya Angelou is
Posted by: Oscar Wilde at February 19, 2012 03:22 PM (QtvVO)


I keep hoping she won't be.

Posted by: CoolCzech at February 19, 2012 03:23 PM (niZvt)

23 I'll tell ya what the problem is! Kikes, Spics, N*ggers, Towelheads, Chinks and them just don't have a fuckin' sense of humor any more!

Posted by: Zombie Marge Schott at February 19, 2012 03:24 PM (dbpY7)

24 Hey, I got Knicks tickets!

I got 'em from a sc.... uh.. ... the guy who sells tickets to sold out events!

Posted by: Jerry Seinfeld at February 19, 2012 03:25 PM (Y+DPZ)

25 SNL is for college kids.

Posted by: eman at February 19, 2012 03:25 PM (DTX4S)

26 But CNN can say chink??


Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at February 19, 2012 03:16 PM (UTq/I)
--------------Pretty niggardly with the acceptable vocabulary.

Posted by: real joe at February 19, 2012 03:26 PM (w7Lv+)

27 19 always had a thing for girls with straight bangs and an attitude ala Betty Paige.
Posted by: . at February 19, 2012 03:21 PM (kqlYK)

Go talk to Dianne Pippi Karlin (Carlin?)on facebook. One hell of a woman. And she fits your criteria.

Posted by: Truman North at February 19, 2012 03:26 PM (I2LwF)

28 Don't forget for the moron meetup in the NYC area, you need to make reser.... uh ... call in ahead of time to make sure you get seating ..

Posted by: Jerry Seinfeld at February 19, 2012 03:26 PM (Y+DPZ)

29 And yes, I am a letcherous old borderline-stalker creepy bastard.

Posted by: Truman North at February 19, 2012 03:27 PM (I2LwF)

30 That was some funny shite last night. The "How's he doing?" show was off the hook - too bad it was at the end of the show and not the opening.

Posted by: rockmom at February 19, 2012 03:27 PM (YPgCz)

31 11: Thats Linscutable. I actually watched that ESPN clip on SNL and thought it was funny.

Usually if SNL comes on you have to be more into pop culture than I am to get it or its some lame assed liberal BS and I switch if off immediately but I did get a chuckle out of this skit.

Posted by: Palerider at February 19, 2012 03:27 PM (cQZV0)

32 Since you watched the show, why was bill o'reilly on there? Are his children now old enough to be impressed with him being on SNL, although do teenagers even watch SNL? A group of us were trying to figure out why he went on, except to boast on his program about it. The link is at bbf's website: http://tinyurl.com/7ce7659

It was good last night cause Maya Rudolph came back to host and Justin Timerberlake was around and so was Amy Poller. They allowed Kristin Wigg in exactly one skit and she was her usual terrible self referencing bridesmaids cause it was "plug your book or movie night" on SNL.

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 03:27 PM (oZfic)

33 Oh, and Stacey Sturmgewehr... but she's married.

Posted by: Truman North at February 19, 2012 03:27 PM (I2LwF)

34 This will be the week that the TV critics magically and simultaneously discover that SNL blows.

Posted by: Lincolntf at February 19, 2012 03:28 PM (uIz80)

35 Maya Rudolph is the most intentionally funny woman who has ever lived.

Posted by: Truman North at February 19, 2012 03:28 PM (I2LwF)

36 Oh, and the Beyonce/Jay-Z sketch was really great. Maya Rudolph did a dead-on Beyonce. Justin Timberlake did a cameo as Bon Iver which was hilarious. They have some very good impersonators in the cast now.

Posted by: rockmom at February 19, 2012 03:29 PM (YPgCz)

37 I think Mr. Chinkinarmor writer has been shitcanned.

Posted by: Red Shirt at February 19, 2012 03:29 PM (FIDMq)

38 35
Maya Rudolph is the most intentionally funny woman who has ever lived.

Posted by: Truman North at February 19, 2012 03:28 PM (I2LwF)
I recorded it cause she was hosting and I figured amy poller would come back for her friend. It' great to watch when you walk in at 4 am and can't sleep.

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 03:30 PM (oZfic)

39 Jason Whitlock also had to apologize for Asian slurs about Lin last week he made on Twitter ..

Yes, he still has his job



Posted by: kbdabear at February 19, 2012 03:30 PM (Y+DPZ)

40 still with the SNL?

Posted by: garrett at February 19, 2012 03:33 PM (Qk2TZ)

41 I love that Lin gets to spout his Christian beliefs with all those liberals having to listen.

Posted by: madamex at February 19, 2012 03:33 PM (5+Fw+)

42 It's interesting, Imus caused a firestorm by saying "nappy haired hoes" and I think Rick Sanchez lost his job over something like that, can't remember. And look Pat Buchanan was canned, people say cause he wrote the book he wrote and Juan Williams was pushed off and fortunately has more air time now on fox. We were trying to make a list. One of my friends whose dad was born in Taiwan was saying how the Taiwanese are too busy being productive and working two jobs to make sure their kids become doctors, to worry about these kinds of affronts, so he thought there would be no "Taiwanese defense society" kind of uproar.

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 03:33 PM (oZfic)

43 I can get why ESPN and the other BBM sports analysts hate Tebow, he's Christian and they're Leftists

Why the hate and snark for Lin?

Posted by: kbdabear at February 19, 2012 03:34 PM (Y+DPZ)

44 Why the hate and snark for Lin?



Posted by: kbdabear at February 19, 2012 03:34 PM (Y+DPZ)
It can't be cause he's ivy league or Taiwanese. Could it be that he's a great leader and passes the ball and doesn't have to hog the ball till he gets his thirty points and then behaves like a diva (CA I'm takin to you).

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 03:36 PM (oZfic)

45 Why the hate and snark for Lin?

He's Christian too, plays for the glory of God.

Posted by: madamex at February 19, 2012 03:36 PM (5+Fw+)

46 Go talk to Dianne Pippi Karlin (Carlin?)on facebook. One hell of a woman. And she fits your criteria.

Posted by: Truman North at February 19, 2012 03:26 PM

Turns out it's Karlyn.

Hmmm. Seems like my kinda girl but then there's the "Ron Paul" poster she's holding. Of course, I do tend to lika-teh-crazy.

Posted by: . (I'm trying to think of somethin') at February 19, 2012 03:37 PM (kqlYK)

47 SNL actually being funny? Wow.
I feel bad for Lorne Michaels. His other shows have been great, and actually improved with time (Portlandia has me howling), but SNL has been in gradual decline for a while. Might need to check hulu though for last nights ep.

Posted by: CAC at February 19, 2012 03:38 PM (qxo1P)

48 The sandwich skit was funny but it made the president look pussy whipped, as though the women around him, intimidate him. I wonder if they wanted to give that message.

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 03:40 PM (oZfic)

49 "Sarah Palin was right": http://tinyurl.com/87yddxz

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 03:41 PM (oZfic)

50 The sandwich skit was funny but it made the president look pussy whipped, as though the women around him, intimidate him.



He is. And they do.

Posted by: mama winger at February 19, 2012 03:42 PM (P6QsQ)

51 Our original headline? Gook's Got Game.

Posted by: ESPN at February 19, 2012 03:42 PM (Sh42X)

52 Henceforth, The Garden nor it's tv network shall be known any longer as MSG, as it's hugely insulting towards Asians.

In related news, Linsanity continues, and I got it bad

Posted by: mugiwara at February 19, 2012 03:42 PM (hGb5f)

53 It figures that the clueless troll skank loves SNL and is also so excited to see the liberal ass Juan Williams on Fox more.

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 03:43 PM (GULKT)

54 Encore has Hitchock all day. Those birds are like nasty liberals.

Posted by: madamex at February 19, 2012 03:44 PM (5+Fw+)

55 Remember when Rush Limbaugh said that Donovan McNabb was overrated and the media only praised him because they wanted a black quarterback to excel?

Remember how they let him off with an apology? Neither do I

Posted by: kbdabear at February 19, 2012 03:44 PM (Y+DPZ)

56 You just know the guy who did the chink headline is a douchebag who thought that no one would "get it" and that he'd have his own little private joke that he could chuckle about and maybe tell a couple of his douchebag buddies.

Posted by: booger at February 19, 2012 03:44 PM (29wvc)

57 Syracuse sucks!!

Posted by: Truman North at February 19, 2012 03:46 PM (I2LwF)

58 "I'll tell ya what Bob, the chances of Jeremy Lin winning MVP are about the same as a lost dog wandering into a Chinese restaurant and making it out alive."

Posted by: Lefty Bigotovich, ESPN Anchor at February 19, 2012 03:46 PM (kqbIK)

59 What am I? Chopped suey??!

Posted by: Yao Ming at February 19, 2012 03:47 PM (4q5tP)

60 Regarding that first sketch: I agree on the hypocrisy but I think the
solution here is for everyone to lighten up, not for everyone to submit
further to PC.


They'll never lighten up, they're elitist leftists and are so much better than you and they must educate us 24/7

No, rub their leftist self-righteous hypocritical noses in it. Sports commentators never tire of lecturing us about how enlightened they themselves are about race relations and how hateful and ignorant the rest of us are

Fuck 'em with a brillo pad, I love to watch them squirm

Posted by: kbdabear at February 19, 2012 03:49 PM (Y+DPZ)

61 59What am I? Chopped suey??!Posted by: Yao Ming at February 19, 2012 03:47 PM (4q5tP)


A Communist Genetic Freak.

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 03:49 PM (GULKT)

62
They'll never lighten up, they're elitist leftists and are so much better than you and they must educate us 24/7

No, rub their leftist self-righteous hypocritical noses in it. Sports commentators never tire of lecturing us about how enlightened they themselves are about race relations and how hateful and ignorant the rest of us are

Fuck 'em with a brillo pad, I love to watch them squirm

Posted by: kbdabear at February 19, 2012 03:49 PM (Y+DPZ)


And I bet they love that they don't have to write about soccer here. Because it'd really be hard to lecture us when they have to mention how in the "enlightened" European world they are throwing bananas at the black players.

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 03:52 PM (GULKT)

63 58
"I'll tell ya what Bob, the chances of Jeremy Lin winning MVP are about
the same as a lost dog wandering into a Chinese restaurant and making it
out alive."

Posted by: Lefty Bigotovich, ESPN Anchor at February 19, 2012 03:46 PM

Yeh Lefty, if he does win the award, I hope he don't drive himself there !!!

Posted by: Chris Broussard, ESPN at February 19, 2012 03:52 PM (Y+DPZ)

64 lin's parents probably own a liquor store in compton

Posted by: yankeefifth at February 19, 2012 03:53 PM (iWSmW)

65 An Asian starring in the NBA?

What next, a ch--- winning the Daytona 500?

Posted by: ESPN at February 19, 2012 03:54 PM (Y+DPZ)

66 Jeremy Lin can believe in God because he's a minority. They're not smart so they're allowed to believe in fairy tales like that.

Posted by: Typical Sportswriter at February 19, 2012 03:55 PM (3YIAy)

67 I am so damned scared of everything, that's my reason for so many wars.

Posted by: Conservative Nut at February 19, 2012 03:56 PM (vaBzc)

68 What's black, Will Always Love You, lies on the floor, and has white stuff around its nose?

A Border Collie

Posted by: ESPN at February 19, 2012 03:57 PM (Y+DPZ)

69 63 58
"I'll tell ya what Bob, the chances of Jeremy Lin winning MVP are about
the same as a lost dog wandering into a Chinese restaurant and making it
out alive."

Posted by: Lefty Bigotovich, ESPN Anchor at February 19, 2012 03:46 PM

Yeh Lefty, if he does win the award, I hope he don't drive himself there !!!\
---------------------------

Good point, Chris! Cuz everyone knows Asians can't drive.

Unless your Tiger Woods!

Posted by: Lefty Bigotovich, ESPN Anchor at February 19, 2012 03:59 PM (kqbIK)

70 67 - Hey raykon, you're on the wrong thread. The crackpot theory thread is below this one

Posted by: kbdabear at February 19, 2012 03:59 PM (Y+DPZ)

71 Chris, he took the rock to the dish like a Chinese waiter in a fire drill!

Posted by: Dick Vitalis at February 19, 2012 04:01 PM (vbh31)

72 Lin's Wiki article says that he hopes one day to become a pastor.

Posted by: mama winger at February 19, 2012 04:02 PM (P6QsQ)

73 Good point, Chris! Cuz everyone knows Asians can't drive.



Unless your Tiger Woods!

Posted by: Lefty Bigotovich, ESPN Anchor at February 19, 2012 03:59 PM

That's funny Lefty. I should have figured that Lin would be really good hittin' the basket from the side, cause you gotta hit that Chinese pussy from the side too!

Posted by: Jason Whitlock at February 19, 2012 04:03 PM (Y+DPZ)

74 53
It figures that the clueless troll skank loves SNL and is also so excited to see the liberal ass Juan Williams on Fox more.

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 03:43 PM (GULKT)
If I loved SNL then why wouldn't I stay home to watch it live? And, I'm not a juan williams fan but you keep up your fabrications.....lol

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 04:06 PM (oZfic)

75 I love fear, it motivates me so I will continue to preach the true salvation.

Posted by: Conservative Nut at February 19, 2012 04:07 PM (vaBzc)

76 There is a gorilla lose in I think the kansas city zoo, per twitter but people say they have it "contained" in a building. Sheesh, how does a gorilla get lose?

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 04:09 PM (oZfic)

77 He engineered that fast break like a liberal running from a Bible, Chris!

Posted by: Dick Vitalis at February 19, 2012 04:09 PM (vbh31)

78 Hey, the Jets say they need a better pass rush next season.

Why not sign up Jewish linebackers, you know every time they get the quarter back

Posted by: ESPN at February 19, 2012 04:09 PM (Y+DPZ)

79 i really did walk over my cats who were watching SNL while i was taping it you stupid redneck you dont live in nyc they told me all about what you said they asked their friends click my links its not gay cat porn this time meow

Posted by: jeremy lin and her listening cat, 1967 bestseller and link whore at February 19, 2012 04:10 PM (RL7U1)

80 I dunno, "chink the armor" is a really commonly used phrase.

Is Lin offended? I haven't followed this story at all.

Posted by: Y-not is admiring the fallen snow at February 19, 2012 04:10 PM (5H6zj)

81 77
He engineered that fast break like a liberal running from a Bible, Chris!


Posted by: Dick Vitalis at February 19, 2012 04:09 PM

Faster Dick, like OWS running from soap and water!

Posted by: Chris Broussard, ESPN at February 19, 2012 04:11 PM (Y+DPZ)

82 "ESPN fires writer for penning racist Jeremy Linheadline; suspends anchor for 30 days

Network sends out another apology" http://tinyurl.com/7twa6tb

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 04:11 PM (oZfic)

83 Posted by: Chris Broussard, ESPN at February 19, 2012 04:11 PM (Y+DPZ)

He's too busy trying to trade mark "linsanity"

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 04:12 PM (oZfic)

84 Cris, that pick and roll was slicker than a Planned Parenthood abortion!

Posted by: Dick Vitalis at February 19, 2012 04:12 PM (vbh31)

85 Dick, I didn't know how fast Lin is ... he's like a cat running through Chinatown

Posted by: Chris Broussard, ESPN at February 19, 2012 04:13 PM (Y+DPZ)

86 Dick, I'm not sure how Lin will do in traffic driving through the lane. Have you ever been in Monterey Park at rush hour?

Posted by: Chris Broussard, ESPN at February 19, 2012 04:15 PM (Y+DPZ)

87 This racist insensitivity toward Asian Americans must stop!!

Posted by: Jason Whitlock at February 19, 2012 04:15 PM (KSSKK)

88 80I dunno, "chink the armor" is a really commonly used phrase.

Is Lin offended? I haven't followed this story at all. Posted by: Y-not is admiring the fallen snow at February 19, 2012 04:10 PM (5H6zj)


Yeah, itsa common phrase. Would you use it in reference to a man of Chinese descent though? Its like something the sports commentator would say when doing the play by play of the South Park Elementary School Cows football game.

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 04:15 PM (GULKT)

89 @8
Thread-winner

Posted by: Y-not is admiring the fallen snow at February 19, 2012 04:16 PM (5H6zj)

90 I gotta tell ya, Chris. That Lin kid runs the point better than an SEIU thug working from the trunk of a midnight blue Cavalier in Chicago on election day!

Posted by: Dick Vitalis at February 19, 2012 04:17 PM (vbh31)

91 I love it when asians, the wealthiest minority group in America (not counting Jews) get all offended and play the race card.

More ching chong bing bong jokes!

The day redneck jokes are verboten is the day I'll get angry at asian driver jokes.

Posted by: Clubber Lang at February 19, 2012 04:18 PM (ZPrif)

92 I don't think there's any evidence that Lin was offended. This was the media jumping all over itself.

Posted by: mama winger at February 19, 2012 04:20 PM (P6QsQ)

93 My family is mixed race white and asian. My give a fuck meter for asian jokes is pegged at zero.

Posted by: Clubber Lang at February 19, 2012 04:20 PM (ZPrif)

94 I dunno, "chink the armor" is a really commonly used phrase.





Is Lin offended? I haven't followed this story at all.

Posted by: Y-not is admiring the fallen snow at February 19, 2012 04:10 PM (5H6zj)




Pretty sure I heard Lin say he's used to the "me so
horny, ching-chong" crowd treatment having played on the
knuckle-dragging unenlightened Ivy League circuit, so I doubt he cares
much about this.



And yeah, it is a pretty common phrase, I would have
probably noticed the joke because I'm an asshole like that, but I
could see someone honestly writing that and not immediately seeing the humor horrible insensitivity.

Posted by: mugiwara at February 19, 2012 04:21 PM (hGb5f)

95 Yeah, itsa common phrase. Would you use it in reference to a man of Chinese descent though?
------
Honestly, yes.

The word's usage with respect to armor pre-dates the slur. To me is is such a standard phrase that I don't think it would even occur to me.

What's the alternative phrase? Achilles heel? You can't really use that because it could be taken literally as an injury report.

Maybe ESPN knows this guy is a jackass and was trying to be too cute by half as someone suggested upthread, but I really don't understand why heads rolled over this.

Posted by: Y-not is admiring the fallen snow at February 19, 2012 04:22 PM (5H6zj)

96 Chris, this kid is more explosive than a Dutch Masters cigar in a Hong Kong fireworks factory!

Posted by: Dick Vitalis at February 19, 2012 04:22 PM (vbh31)

97 I think if you find yourself having to go into linguistic gymnastics to avoid something that might be offensive, that may be an indication that the phrase really is the right one to use.

Posted by: Y-not is admiring the fallen snow at February 19, 2012 04:23 PM (5H6zj)

98 Did you see that shot by Mello? C'mon, coach! Get your zipperhead in the game!

Posted by: ESPN at February 19, 2012 04:23 PM (Ohmaj)

99 Jerry asks the mailman where the Chinese restaurant is ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnAam9Hozwk

Posted by: kbdabear at February 19, 2012 04:24 PM (Y+DPZ)

100 Our founding fathers went to the mat for you, baby!

Posted by: Another Admirer of the Sinatra Group at February 19, 2012 04:25 PM (GmpXz)

101 I really haven't followed this Lin phenomenon or this story, so I'm not judging him or whatever, btw. To me it looks like a nothingburger.

Really, if "chink" is verboten, then you would think professional writers/publishers would have entered it into their word processor as a word to be flagged. So it's on the editors, imho, that this headline got used.

Who got fired again?

Posted by: Y-not is admiring the fallen snow at February 19, 2012 04:26 PM (5H6zj)

102 Lin leads the Knicks to victory as the Mavs have more balls go through their hands than Liberace. Back to you, Keith.

Posted by: nikkolai at February 19, 2012 04:26 PM (pSsN0)

103 So now we can't use the phrase chink in the armor if any asians are involved.

How about when referring to attacking China?

Will "chink in the armor" become like niggardly?

At least niggardly was an uncommon word. Not a big loss. Chink in the armor is a very useful phrase.

Posted by: Clubber Lang at February 19, 2012 04:26 PM (ZPrif)

104 I don't know if we should be making these jokes Dick, it's a slippery slope you know ...

Posted by: Chris Broussard, ESPN at February 19, 2012 04:27 PM (Y+DPZ)

105 Oooohhh...that had to hurt, Chris! Lin hit the hardwood like a Kamikaze piloting an Airbus!

Posted by: Dick Vitalis at February 19, 2012 04:29 PM (vbh31)

106
Honestly, yes.

The word's usage with respect to armor pre-dates the slur. To me is is such a standard phrase that I don't think it would even occur to me.

What's the alternative phrase? Achilles heel? You can't really use that because it could be taken literally as an injury report.

Maybe ESPN knows this guy is a jackass and was trying to be too cute by half as someone suggested upthread, but I really don't understand why heads rolled over this. Posted by: Y-not is admiring the fallen snow at February 19, 2012 04:22 PM (5H6zj)



Well its not really a basketball term. To me it would be like talking about Tim Tebow and in the headline using "forsaken." You know they are using that specifically because of his Christianity. It is kind ofinteresting howeveryone in themedia keepsrepeating"Chink in theArmor" though. You know they wouldn't bedoing that for almost any other racial slur.

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 04:29 PM (GULKT)

107 I'm trying to stop him but so far I can't find a ... weak point in his otherwise impenetrable defenses.

Posted by: Clubber Lang at February 19, 2012 04:30 PM (ZPrif)

108 Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 04:29 PM (GULKT)

Yeah, I really don't know about basketball, but in my experience sports headlines tend to be pretty bad anyway.

I guess if a journalist lost his job, that's ok by me.

Posted by: Y-not is admiring the fallen snow at February 19, 2012 04:31 PM (5H6zj)

109 94 I dunno, "chink the armor" is a really commonly used phrase.
------------------------------

How bout that Kobe Bryant! He could nail a 3 in a dark room, and he's black as the ace of spades himself! He's drilling that bucket like he's checking into an Eagle, Colorado hotel room!

Commonly used phrases, people! Commonly used phrases!

Posted by: Lefty Bigotovich, ESPN Anchor at February 19, 2012 04:32 PM (kqbIK)

110 That's an interesting slant, Ace, you right-wing bigot nut.

Posted by: espn headline writers at February 19, 2012 04:37 PM (dAJFj)

111 When they go with a headline like that, they're usually attempting to be clever, otherwise they just go simple. So that to me indicate the headline writer absolutely knew what he was writing. At best you could probably attempt to argue thatyou thought "Chink" was sort of like "Redskins." Something that yeah isn't really politically correct but no one would get pissed at.

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 04:40 PM (GULKT)

112 This thread reminds me of a friend. Buddy of mine did the Japanese Exchange Teaching program after college.

When he left he was kind of a shy, nerdy computer geek guy. He came back much more confident, especially around women. I asked him what happened in Japan that changed him so much.

His reply, "In the land of the 4 incher, the 6 incher is king."

Posted by: Clubber Lang at February 19, 2012 04:41 PM (ZPrif)

113 I just want to say, that even though I couldn't find any way to care less about this whole Lin nontroversy, I'm really irritated that "chink" is being grouped as an Asian slur. If used as a racial slur, Chink is *specifically* against Chinese people. So if those racist idiots want to apologize, apologize to the Chinese, not Asians in general.

That said, this whole thing is really retarded and my dad told me I should wear armor for Halloween so I can be the "chink in the armor."

Posted by: Rum at February 19, 2012 04:41 PM (E+E+p)

114 113 I just want to say, that even though I couldn't find any way to care less about this whole Lin nontroversy, I'm really irritated that "chink" is being grouped as an Asian slur.
----

Yep.

And someone up thread really had their slant/slope/gook lingo messed up.

We probably need a thread devoted to getting our racial slurs straight. For the chilluns.

Posted by: Y-not, tongue in cheek at February 19, 2012 04:44 PM (5H6zj)

115 Get a shirt that reads "I Chink therefore I am"

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 04:45 PM (GULKT)

116 That said, this whole thing is really retarded and my dad told me I should wear armor for Halloween so I can be the "chink in the armor."
Posted by: Rum

I guess that is a racially insensitive pun, but coming from you, that's just plain funny.

Now let's all lighten up and make some Ewok jokes. Those furry little bastards

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes.... at February 19, 2012 04:46 PM (sJTmU)

117
113I just want to say, that even though I couldn't find any way to care less about this whole Lin nontroversy, I'm really irritated that "chink" is being grouped as an Asian slur. If used as a racial slur, Chink is *specifically* against Chinese people. So if those racist idiots want to apologize, apologize to the Chinese, not Asians in general.



But.... you all look alike....

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 04:48 PM (GULKT)

118 Now let's all lighten up and make some Ewok jokes. Those furry little bastards

Don't get me started on Muggsy Bogues, Chris!

Posted by: Dick Vitalis at February 19, 2012 04:50 PM (vbh31)

119 What are the more specific racial slurs?
chink=chinese
gook=vietnamese
jap = japanese

But I don't know any slurs for Koreans, Thais, Cambodians, Mongolians, Burmese, etc, etc. Dammit, need more slurs!

Posted by: Clubber Lang at February 19, 2012 04:50 PM (ZPrif)

120 Hey, Jerry! Woo-woo-woo-woo!!!

Posted by: cosmo kramer driving by with a cigar store indian waving at February 19, 2012 04:52 PM (dAJFj)

121 Got a half-Thai relative who hates the Filipinos for some reason. But she hates them cause she thinks they all try to act like white American guys.

Funny, cause she likes to call people racist, but will regularly go off on what human trash the Filipinos are and she hopes a tsunami just wipes them off the planet. She just goes crazy. No idea why.

And she hates whites guy who date asian chicks -- but she's half-asian (but has distinctively asian features except she's tall and, umm, not slight of build) and only dates white guys. She's kinda messed up.

I think it's funny when people go on ethnic rants against more obscure races and countries.

Fucking eskimos! Goddamn Guatemalans! Mongolian bastards! Ethiopian pricks!

Posted by: Clubber Lang at February 19, 2012 04:58 PM (ZPrif)

122
I think it's funny when people go on ethnic rants against more obscure races and countries.

Fucking eskimos! Goddamn Guatemalans! Mongolian bastards! Ethiopian pricks!Posted by: Clubber Lang at February 19, 2012 04:58 PM (ZPrif)



Everybody hates somebody. And its allowed. Unless you're white.

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 05:11 PM (GULKT)

123




"Jeremy Lin Game Winning 3 Pointer !!!!" http://tinyurl.com/6srvcwk







Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 05:18 PM (oZfic)

124 Everybody hates somebody. And its allowed. Unless you're white.

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 05:11 PM (GULKT)
"Everybody hates somebody. And it's allowed. Cause your buzzion.I take great exception to your assuming "everybody hates somebody". Hate is a very strong emotion. I can honestly say that I don't hate anyone. I may not like what someone does, an action they may take but usually I can understand why they did what they did. But hate, no, that's really the problem with the lib/pc world they've created for themselves, they are the ones who allow hate and foster it.

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 05:20 PM (oZfic)

125 >>>Everybody hates somebody. And its allowed. Unless you're white.

That's the other irony here. ESPN is apologizing to the "Asian American community" as a whole for this retarded thing. Uh, yeah, anyone who's spent a good amount of time with specific Asian groups (Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc.) will find Asians generally don't like each other.

Most obvious example? China and Japan in WWII.

American born Asians don't care as much about old ethnic strifes, but it still exists in the home countries for sure.

Posted by: Rum at February 19, 2012 05:26 PM (E+E+p)

126 kdabear that cat through chinatown line cracked me up!

Posted by: NC Ref at February 19, 2012 05:29 PM (/izg2)

127 Rum! How you?

Posted by: NC Ref at February 19, 2012 05:29 PM (/izg2)

128 Tuned in for the Sleigh Bells, love Rill, Rill. I though the opening skit with the broadcasters was so lame and stupid. I felt really old and unfunny so I shut it off and I missed the Bells.

Posted by: snowcrash at February 19, 2012 05:30 PM (w3YD7)

129 Most of the non-Japanese asians (not American born) I've met wish the US had nuked Japan off the planet back in WWII.

Knew a Thai Buddhist who taught meditation classes. Peaceful guy. Had that constant laughter thing that seems a thing in some asian cultures. Happy go lucky peaceful dude.

Unless you brought up Japan. At which point he turned into a tornado of hate, calling Japanese scum-sucking sub-human rat-fuckers and wishing for them to be exterminated.

I admit I used to egg him on for fun to show my friends how crazy he'd get about Japan.

Otherwise a nice guy.

Posted by: Clubber Lang at February 19, 2012 05:32 PM (ZPrif)

130 113 I just want to say, that even though I couldn't find any way to care less about this whole Lin nontroversy, I'm really irritated that "chink" is being grouped as an Asian slur. If used as a racial slur, Chink is *specifically* against Chinese people. So if those racist idiots want to apologize, apologize to the Chinese, not Asians in general.
Posted by: Rum at February 19, 2012 04:41 PM (E+E+p)

As if the people who use chink as a racial term really care whether they are insulting a Chinese or a Vietnamese or a Japanese person. Come on.

By the way, if anyone honestly believes the reporter wrote this in good faith, then I have a bridge to sell you. If, on the other hand, this was an accident, he's stupid enough to deserve some punishment regardless.

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at February 19, 2012 05:51 PM (E7NVC)

131 @130

Well clearly the person who wrote the headline had a clue Chink = Chinese. It's the idiot apologists who either don't know or don't care. I mean if you're going to take political correctness that far you might as well go all the way.

Posted by: Rum at February 19, 2012 06:06 PM (ujJfJ)

132 leave it to the troll skank to not have a clue what I meant.

Posted by: buzzion at February 19, 2012 06:25 PM (kCw7A)

133 "His parents, Gie-Ming and Shirley, emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the mid-1970s. They are dual nationals of both Taiwan and the U.S."http://tinyurl.com/769q7bq

My friends who are Chinese, are Chinese. My friends from Taiwan consider themselves Taiwanese and are very proud of being Taiwanese. My Korea friends don't like to be mistaken for Chinese or Taiwanese. And my Japanese friends think Japan is superior to all of them.

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 06:25 PM (oZfic)

134 "Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born August 23, 198 is an American professional basketball player with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA)."

from the wiki article. That's always the surprise at graduation. The kids who have a given ethnic name and they adopt a quintessentially American name. So at graduation you realize that your friend, who you've been calling jeremy since grade school, is really Shu-How.

Posted by: jeremy lin fan at February 19, 2012 06:30 PM (oZfic)

135 64
lin's parents probably own a liquor store in compton

Posted by: yankeefifth at February 19, 2012 03:53 PM (iWSmW)


Nope. They're not Korean.

Posted by: Cloward & Piven at February 19, 2012 06:34 PM (T2/zQ)

136
121:
I have an aunt who worked for a US airline with Central American routes back in the day, and she acquired some firm prejudices about the nationals of each country-- sort of absurd how she could believe Salvadoreans were the salt of the earth, but Guatemalans would all steal (or was that the other way around?), or Nicaraguans were superior or inferior (I don'trecall which)to Costa Ricans, etc. This with countries smaller than many American states....

Posted by: leftcoast at February 19, 2012 06:41 PM (sbLPW)

137 Can't we all just get along?

Posted by: Rodney King at February 19, 2012 06:41 PM (/izg2)

138 On the other hand, the stuff with Lin seems deliberately nasty. See, e.g., this ESPN headline, now retracted and apologized for.



Why? Was Barky's inaugural benediction any better when the "reverend" prayed that "yellow will be mellow"? That wasn't a sportscast or headline but a friggin Precedential benediction prayer!

Posted by: really ... at February 19, 2012 06:47 PM (X3lox)

139 No

Posted by: the LA police at February 19, 2012 06:53 PM (kCw7A)

140 Crusty commies sock off

Posted by: baldilocks at February 19, 2012 06:53 PM (T2/zQ)

141 Got a half-Mexican cousin (I'm black.) Beautiful, smart lady and my best cousin-friend.

Every time there's some drama in her office, they leave her out. Her take: "Guess they think the N*gga-beaner will shoot the place up!"

Posted by: baldilocks at February 19, 2012 06:56 PM (T2/zQ)

142 Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure.

Posted by: steevy at February 19, 2012 07:52 PM (7W3wI)

143 Posted by: Rum at February 19, 2012 06:06 PM (ujJfJ)

True, why not.

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at February 19, 2012 07:58 PM (E7NVC)

144 When I worked for Wang Labs back in the '80's, some chucklehead had a T-shirt made that read "Wang is the chink in IBM's armor" (we were competing heavily with Big Blue) and wore it to an event. The good Dr. Wang (a fully naturalized American citizen) saw it and calmly said "you do not work for me any more". True story.

Posted by: Happy Fun Ball at February 19, 2012 11:10 PM (4P4ww)

145 volvo,cummins,fleetguard,perkins,caterpillar,daewoo,deutz,lovol,isuzu,mtu,jcb and ect.

Posted by: kadin at February 21, 2012 05:10 AM (cZh/D)






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