It’s not a huge surprise that I’m not a fan of mainstream media, especially when it comes to my sports. ESPN, Sports Center, heck, even local media in Denver, always has a specified agenda to perpetuate. That’s not a surprise. It’s about that bottom line, however there is a line that should never be crossed.
I’m all for jokes, comedy, shits and giggles, sophomoric laughs and slander. Shoot, this is the whole basis of my twitter page, however, there is this thin line of what’s in good taste and what’s tactless. If you’re a nation wide sports journalist whom gets on his pedestal and condemns other’s about their racist comments, but then turn around and crack an Asian joke, how is that okay????
Here is the deal: After Friday night’s MONSTROUS game in which Jeremy Lin and his 38 points, TORCHED the Lakers, Fox Sports own Jason Whitlock took to twitter with this tweet:
I should’ve realized that Friday night when I watched Lin torch the Lakers. For Asian Americans and a lot of sports fans, his nationally televised 38-point outburst was the equivalent of Tiger’s first victory in The Masters. I got caught up in the excitement. I tweeted about what a great story Lin is and how he could rival Tim Tebow.
I then gave in to another part of my personality — my immature, sophomoric, comedic nature. It’s been with me since birth, a gift from my mother and honed as a child listening to my godmother’s Richard Pryor albums. I still want to be a standup comedian.
The couple-inches-of-pain tweet overshadowed my sincere celebration of Lin’s performance and the irony that the stereotype applies to pot-bellied, overweight male sports writers, too. As the Asian American Journalist Association pointed out, I debased a feel-good sports moment. For that, I’m truly sorry.