So ever since the Jeremy Lin sensation has taken over the media (about 2 weeks ago), there has been a string of incidents that have not been exactly positive or favorable in the Asian American community. Let’s recap:
• Jason Whitlock comment on twitter implying Jeremy Lin has a 2 inch penis because he is…Asian. Haha, so funny, right? We love you Mr. Whitlock (a.k.a. BBC)
• Floyd Mayweather’s twitter comment about how Jeremy Lin is only being recognized because he’s Asian and that black players do what he does every night but don’t get recognition. True, I agree, but he’s missing the points. It’s not just about Lin’s incredible numbers/stats. It’s about an Asian player competing and going up against successfully against players in a sport that is dominated by black athletes. And there is much more than just this.
• Fortune Cookie…need I say more? (See previous post for this)
And now…I’ve got one more to add and the guilty party this time is none other than ESPN!
Here is what happened:
ESPN has been the biggest champion of New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin’s rise during the team’s seven-game winning streak. But they have potentially undone it all with a horribly racist headline that appeared on tablets, iphones, Androids and other mobile devices following the Knicks’ loss to the Hornets. It may have appeared online as well, but Outsports was only able to see it on ESPN’s mobile sites late Friday night.
Lin had nine turnovers in the game and inspired the headline, “Chink in the Armor” (screen capture after the jump). The term is akin to any other racist epithet you can imagine. Gay athlete Rod Silvestre, who is of Filipino descent and plays in the New York Gay Football League, was understandably outraged by the headline. He posted on Facebook:
Is ESPN serious with their lead story on their web page?
How do you go from celebrating one of the best underdog stories, to now talking about Jeremy Lin for all the wrong reasons. ESPN should be embarrassed.
We want to give ESPN the benefit of the doubt here, but it’s impossible to believe the person who wrote that headline didn’t know exactly what they were writing. Especially since ESPN previously came under fire for using the same headline…to describe a USA basketball game in China.
Update, Feb. 18, 12:10AMPT: ESPN has changed the headline to “All good things….” We have reached out to them for comment.!
Oh, but don’t get all your panties in a bunch. ESPN, or should I say Disney, has made a swift apology.
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN has apologized for using a racial slur in a headline for a story on Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.
ESPN ran the headline “Chink in the Armor” after Lin had nine turnovers in New York’s loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night on its mobile website that could be seen on phones and tablet computers.
Lin is the NBA’s first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He has captivated sports fans with unexpected dominance on the court that sparked a seven-game winning streak.
ESPN says in a statement Saturday it removed the headline 35 minutes after it was posted. The cable network says it is “conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake.”