Asian-American Journalists Association: Here’s a list of things not to say or write about Jeremy Lin

posted at 6:28 pm on February 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

I’m right in line with Ace on this. Point one: There is, I guess, some usefulness in having a list of helpful hints for the media in how to cover Lin-sanity. Remember, some reporters are very, very stupid. They really might need to be told, formally, that “chink” jokes are offensive.

Point two: Some of these “danger zone” items are so dumb, and the thought of the AAJA brainstorming over them is so surreal, that it really does start to feel like an SNL sketch. The effect is similar to your third-grade teacher standing up in front of class and reading off a list of words you’re forbidden to say. “Fart, diarrhea, caca-doody…”

DRIVING: This is part of the sport of basketball, but resist the temptation to refer to an “Asian who knows how to drive.”…

FOOD: Is there a compelling reason to draw a connection between Lin and fortune cookies, takeout boxes or similar imagery? In the majority of news coverage, the answer will be no.

MARTIAL ARTS: You’re writing about a basketball player. Don’t conflate his skills with judo, karate, tae kwon do, etc. Do not refer to Lin as “Grasshopper” or similar names associated with martial-arts stereotypes.

“ME LOVE YOU LIN TIME”: Avoid. This is a lazy pun on the athlete’s name and alludes to the broken English of a Hollywood caricature from the 1980s.

The “grasshopper” one is hard to resist, but okay. The fascinating thing about Lin-sanity is that, for all the dopey puns about an “Asian who knows how to drive,” etc, he’s captured people’s imaginations partly because he has some of the qualities associated with positive stereotypes about Asian-Americans. He’s … brainy! A Harvard grad, no less. And, as an undrafted player, he … worked really hard to get where he is! And he’s … modest and unassuming, a winning contrast to some of the league’s preening superstar jackasses! That’s what really drives popular consciousness about his race, I think — he seems so culturally familiar to people in some respects and yet, as a rare Asian-American star in the NBA, very unfamiliar in another.

By way of tribute, the obligatory and inevitable Jimmy Fallon/Pearl Jam parody.


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Yu know this whole thing just begs for more ethnically inapporpriate comments – right?

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

I’m embarrassed that there even is a AAJA.

Daikokuco on February 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

I’m embarrassed that there even is a AAJA.

Daikokuco on February 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Because you’re a journalist?

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Asian-American star in the NBC

There’s actually fairly good representation of Asian-Americans on the National Broadcasting Company. Now the NBA on the other hand . . .

SoRight on February 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

NBA, not NBC. Although, perhaps it’s also true of NBC.

wte9 on February 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Wait, I thought the reason why it was death for any white person to use racial humor was slavery and Jim Crow?

HitNRun on February 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Well, there’s no happy ending for you here.

BacaDog on February 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Sulu proved a long time ago that Asians can drive…

Gohawgs on February 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

(for the record, it *used* to say NBC) ;-) AP cleans up typos the way dry cleaner cleans up clothes. Wait, hey AAJA, can I say that?

SoRight on February 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Sulu proved a long time ago that Asians can drive…

Gohawgs on February 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

And on NBC, too…

Gohawgs on February 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Oh for ef sakes Allah. Does it really need to be explained to a brainy guy like you?

Assigning negative traits of an individual to an entire group that reinforces a negative stereotype is offensive.

Doing the same for positive attributes isn’t.

For example….

Saying a Scottish-American politician who had reduced spending and balanced the book was an example of Scottish frugality wouldn’t be offensive.

Saying the same lawmaker was showing his Scottish cheapness for leaving a small tip would be offensive.

freshface on February 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Sulu proved a long time ago that Asians can drive…

Gohawgs on February 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

When you have infinite space all around you, so you have nothing to hit.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

DRIVING: This is part of the sport of basketball, but resist the temptation to refer to an “Asian who knows how to drive.”…

LOL! That is freakin’ hilarious.

S. D. on February 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

“I refuse to treat you like a Faberge’ egg. You are part of the human collective. Come, join our reindeer games. You too can be poked fun at. And that goes for the whole spectrum of special interest groups out there wandering the freakazoid Serengeti plain.”
-Dennis Miller, 1996

rihar on February 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

It’s a trap! – Admiral Ackbar

Left Coast Right Mind on February 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Pssst, Lin is a Christian.

rbj on February 24, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I have to give Fallon some credit here. That was pretty good. And if I hadn’t seen it on Hot Gas I wouldn’t have seen it at all since I won’t watch MSNBC.

cicerone on February 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I always refer to Lin as the young grasshopper who actually knows how to drive to the basket and has been a good fortune to the New Wok Knicks who will love Lin long time.

ModerateMan on February 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Pssst, Lin is a Christian.

rbj on February 24, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Yeah – if ESPN/Disney realized that before they fired that guy they would have given him a promotion instead.

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Sulu proved a long time ago that Asians can drive…

Gohawgs on February 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

But a starship has no turn signals to leave on for light years at a time.

James on February 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I always refer to Lin as the young grasshopper who actually knows how to drive to the basket and has been a good fortune to the New Wok Knicks who will love Lin long time.

ModerateMan on February 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Of course you do…who hasn’t called him that at some point in his long and illustrious career?

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I’m so tired of being lectured by representatives of the American Association of (insert name of purportedly aggrieved racial group here) that everyone is discriminating against them on the basis of race.

Its far more likely that you’re taking heat because you’re stupid.

Pound sand.

turfmann on February 24, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Kungfoochimp,

Two wongs don’t make it white.

Jeremy Lin is very laid back. Clearly not a Taipei personality that would be offended by a Martial Arts comparison.

/

Mike Honcho on February 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Sulu proved a long time ago that Asians can drive…

Gohawgs on February 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

When you have infinite space all around you, so you have nothing to hit.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Ah, those pesky planets, suns, moons, etc. Like to see you with the pedal to the metal at warp 9, and not hit one.

msupertas on February 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

“We need more Calgon…!!!”

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Oh for Pete’s sake. This is like the Irish getting upset that people were equating them with being drunks during St. Pat’s day a few years back.

I gotta tell you though that list is pretty damn funny. Those guys in the AAJA need to go out more and put their VHS collections and numchucks away.

2lbsTest on February 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

All I have to say is everyone get a damn sense of humor. The only people in this country who still have a sense of humor and will laugh at humor directed at themselves are rednecks and Cajuns. Otherwise everyone seems to slip into PC mode.

SC.Charlie on February 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Ah, those pesky planets, suns, moons, etc. Like to see you with the pedal to the metal at warp 9, and not hit one.

msupertas on February 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

How did I end up in the middle of an episode of Big Bang Theory

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM

But a starship has no turn signals to leave on for light years at a time.

James on February 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

The light years is a unit of measure not of time, but distance, just like parsecs.

Freelancer on February 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I have always found it interesting, how most people see nothing wrong with saying mean things to American Asians. As a child I wanted to have surgery done to remove the slant from my eyes. I have been beaten, made fun of, refused service and told to swim back across the ocean I came from. You may think it is political correctness to watch what we say, but I can say those words do hurt when you are young. As an adult I could careless because you show your own ignorance when you say things that are offensive.

Asianeyes704 on February 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Can you imagine a Scottish victim group issuing an advisory to journalists not to use the phrase “skirt around the issue” in relation to a Scottish man, or an Italian victim group issuing a warning about referring to an Italian player as a “guinea pig”?

Sharke on February 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM

That’s what really drives popular consciousness about his race, I think

Allah, Your punishment for using the word “drives” while talking about Lin is self flagellation. Wet oriental noodles will suffice.

PrettyD_Vicious on February 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM

SC.Charlie on February 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Please don’t use rednecks.

hawkdriver on February 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Just don’t criticize her singing.

Seth Halpern on February 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I have always found it interesting, how most people see nothing wrong with saying mean things to American Asians. As a child I wanted to have surgery done to remove the slant from my eyes. I have been beaten, made fun of, refused service and told to swim back across the ocean I came from. You may think it is political correctness to watch what we say, but I can say those words do hurt when you are young. As an adult I could careless because you show your own ignorance when you say things that are offensive.

Asianeyes704 on February 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

According to the offended class though – your screen name alone “Asianeyes704″ is offensive. The mere reference of an Asian’s eyes is offensive. That’s how ridiculous political correctness has become.

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Can you imagine a Scottish victim group issuing an advisory to journalists not to use the phrase “skirt around the issue” in relation to a Scottish man…

Sharke on February 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM

As a member of the Scots Journalist Association, I am officially cautioning you.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

DRIVING: This is part of the sport of basketball, but resist the temptation to refer to an “Asian who knows how to drive.”…

Is it racist if the person holding up the “Who said asians can’t drive” sign was asian?

RedRobin145 on February 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Do not use the word “juke” when describing his move to crossover a defender because it sounds too much like “gook”.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

The light years is a unit of measure not of time, but distance, just like parsecs.

Freelancer on February 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

‘…for miles at a time’ makes the same point at a different scale.

James on February 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

How about a little Zhanster humor.

Fallon on February 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Is it racist if the person holding up the “Who said asians can’t drive” sign was asian?

RedRobin145 on February 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Whatever the phrase is for “Uncle Tom” in Chinese – that’s what that guy is.

-Liberals

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I get it. He’s a minority so I can’t make fun of his race. Oh well, I guess I can just crack Jesus jokes because a Christian, and no one’s gonna crucify me for that. Ha ha get it? Crucify? Very funny.

NorthernCross on February 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Two wongs don’t make it white.

Kungfoochimp on February 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

If you are going to use a totally jerk-off kind of ethnic joke, you should at least get it right.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 7:02 PM

The mere reference of an Asian’s eyes is offensive

Actually no it is taking about people making fun of the slant. It us always so nice to see people pull their eyes to be slanted to make fun of your ethnicity. Or to ask you how can you see out of eyes so small, but it figures you couddn’t think that far beyond the words.

Asianeyes704 on February 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Black and yellow…black and yellow.

I love that song!

SouthernGent on February 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I have always found it interesting, how most people see nothing wrong with saying mean things to American Asians.

Asianeyes704 on February 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Lucky for you you’re a conservative, and not an unAmerican Asian.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

That list is intellectually offensive in addition to just being as stupid as Barky. This is what America has been reduced to. Pathetic.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Ah so – he got a wong number with that one?

whatcat on February 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Yes. Definitely. Lots of fodder here today for the DailyKos people.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Here’s a list of things not to say or write

One from Column A and one from Column B.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM

As an adult I could careless because you show your own ignorance when you say things that are offensive.

Asianeyes704 on February 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Why would you have a callsign calling attention to a physical characteristic if it’s offensive? I don’t know of any black posters with names like—-never mind, you get the picture.

arnold ziffel on February 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

And ,of course,’Get Smart’s’ forever un-PC, “Not the Craw, the Craw!!!”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Actually no it is taking about people making fun of the slant. It us always so nice to see people pull their eyes to be slanted to make fun of your ethnicity. Or to ask you how can you see out of eyes so small, but it figures you couddn’t think that far beyond the words.

Asianeyes704 on February 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Figures. You’re a member of the professionally offended, eh?

According to the AAJA, the entire issue is that any reference to Asians having eyes is to be avoided. Any reference to Asians driving is to be avoided. Any reference to Asians having a “chink in their armor” is to be avoided.

You know what…nevermind. If you don’t get it by now after the 73rd article about this being posted on HotAir, you never will.

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Yes. Definitely. Lots of fodder here today for the DailyKos people.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Make me laugh long time. The Daily Kos—-that serious,civil and rational group?

arnold ziffel on February 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

As somebody who can’t get enopugh of Fallon’s “Whip Your Hair” by Petty and Springsteen – I usually appreciate his stuff. But his “Jeremy” parody was pretty weak.

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM

It us always so nice to see people pull their eyes to be slanted to make fun of your ethnicity.

Asianeyes704 on February 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Poor baby. The world is an awful place. How do you even stand the savagery?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Poor baby. The world is an awful place. How do you even stand the savagery?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Funny how there’s nobody defending fat kids, kids with glasses, kids named Dick, kids named Virginia, etc., etc., etc.

Amazing how people think they’re so unique when really – they’re just like everyone else.

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

According to the AAJA, the entire issue is that any reference to Asians having eyes is to be avoided. Any reference to Asians driving is to be avoided. Any reference to Asians having a “chink in their armor” is to be avoided.

You know what…nevermind. If you don’t get it by now after the 73rd article about this being posted on HotAir, you never will.

Your ignorance is showing. Evidently you will never get it and attempting to reason with you shows me why the article was written.

Asianeyes704 on February 24, 2012 at 7:16 PM

The group added: “Stop to think: Would a similar statement be made about an athlete who is Caucasian, African American or Latino?”
 
Below are the AAJA’s guidelines in full:

 
It’s hard to believe what hatched out of such a small egg. Role models have to endure stupid things in general, but these wanton displays by offended outside parties might hurt more than help. If I were Lin and he were me, fun or not, I’d probably try to go see that poor writer in person and, if anyone were peeking, duck into his house so we could speak in private. I think that guy who lost his job would appreciate hearing that regardless of their current positions, high or low, main players in the saga didn’t hold a personal grudge over such silliness.

rogerb on February 24, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Oh come on….

Now, if the phrase,”Chink in the armor” was directed at, say, a tank division of the Peoples Liberation Army, then yes, it might be inappropriate…..

Damn……

DStreete on February 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Amazing how people think they’re so unique when really – they’re just like everyone else.

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

And I’ll bet no other culture makes fun of themselves or others. Like on a good old Richard Pryor album where he was making fun of white people being too polite. Funny at first but then he kept going on and on.

arnold ziffel on February 24, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Also, Sanford and Son, they really held back. PC will kill us all.

arnold ziffel on February 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

How about Michael Moore having more chins than a Chinese phone book?
Is that wrong?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 24, 2012 at 7:21 PM

And, btw, I don’t want to see any of you professionally/perpetual offended types use the term Gypped.

It’s a slur against Gypsies….. :p

See how easy this game is?

DStreete on February 24, 2012 at 7:21 PM

but these wanton displays

rogerb on February 24, 2012 at 7:17 PM

“Use of the word ‘wanton’ in such a negative way is a slur against Orientals, as every white person immediately thinks of Wonton Soup and assumes that it causes people to go crazy, as you write about. Cease and desist from any further use of that word which we find offensive.” –Oriental Offense Society

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

First of all, the thought that there is an Asian-American Journalists Association has got to be offensive in the extreme. If there where a European-American Journalists Association, we’d all (and liberals most of all in that faux outrage which is reserved for things designed to buy minority votes…) be whining about how exclusive such a thing is, and wondering what hidden biases might motivate their reporting.

I can understand the crazy pride Asians might have in a domestic player of their ethnicity (not an NBA import) doing well, but…if they can do all the antics in the stands — all the signs and stuff, I’m hard put to get all wrapped up in outrage in a case where the double entendre byline engendered by this use of the C-word was justified — Lin himself said he screwed up in that game, and gave the win to his opponents…

He’s promised his loose hands will get better, and I believe him, but still, isn’t it a topic?

There isn’t a week that goes by in the LA Times that some sportswriter doesn’t stretch things for the double entendre. Now that we know that certain double entendres are off limits, I’ll make sure the Times guys fire a few of their sports writers.

You go over to the LA Times and Bill Plaschke can’t say a sentence about Lin without mentioning his race…

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 7:25 PM

It us [sic] always so nice to see people pull their eyes to be slanted to make fun of your ethnicity.

Asianeyes704 on February 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

It’s even worse when an Asian does it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy5saRyMymM

Note: Done before Steve Jobs died.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 7:29 PM

It us always so nice to see people pull their eyes to be slanted to make fun of your ethnicity.

Asianeyes704 on February 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

priceless

People who are walk are complete morons.

pedestrian on February 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM

If he makes a mistake during the game, avoid calling him a ‘wang.’

WhatSlushfund on February 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I like MM’s take on this…

d1carter on February 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Are we still allowed to use L’s in our speech or would the AAJA consider that taunting?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I read this thread and I’m still hungry. Is that racist?

Dingbat63 on February 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

And ,of course,’Get Smart’s’ forever un-PC, “Not the Craw, the Craw!!!”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Ah, the old picture in the keyhole trick!

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

If Orientals think that the US is just too full of racist teabaggers, they can always go back to Asia where they will never have to endure another Asian joke again. Nothing is keeping them here. Anyway, once the La Razans take their land back, repatriation won’t be an option. From what I understand, they’re not too big on “Los Chinos”. With the Aztlateca’s boot on their backs, the perpetually aggrieved minorities will not have the time to complain about the White Man anymore.

Isn’t the new multi-culturalist, Noah’s Petri Dish America just swell?

sartana on February 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Make me laugh long time. The Daily Kos—-that serious,civil and rational group?

arnold ziffel on February 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Yup. They constantly cruise around looking for proofs by example that conservatives are racist. And, sadly, some of us are.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

sartana on February 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

So what makes you think that there aren’t Asian members of the Tea Party?

Think carefully before you reply.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 7:47 PM

It us [sic] always so nice to see people pull their eyes to be slanted to make fun of your ethnicity.
Asianeyes704 on February 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

You should bone up on what Jackie Robinson endured and get back to me about some 6 year old making funny faces at you.

Much greater people have endured far more than you can even begin to imagine…including Asian-Americans. Every person on Earth has endured some sort of ridicule…you are not exempt from it.

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

As a member of the Scots Journalist Association, I am officially cautioning you.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Och hoots, cannae wi no’ awl jis get awn?

Sharke on February 24, 2012 at 7:58 PM

No, UncleSmeagol, I don’t have to “think carefully” before I reply. I’m a free citizen. Get stuffed.

There’s your reply.

sartana on February 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Please don’t use rednecks. – hawkdriver on February 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I am a great Jeff Foxworthy fan. I love his sense of humor. Have their been any threats on his life by rednecks?

SC.Charlie on February 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

I am a great Jeff Foxworthy fan. I love his sense of humor. Have their been any threats on his life by rednecks?
SC.Charlie on February 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

By law, they cannot be offended because they are not a “protected class”. Man…rednecks are lucky that the law keeps them from being offended at things people say about them.

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Make me laugh long time. The Daily Kos—-that serious,civil and rational group?
arnold ziffel on February 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Yup. They constantly cruise around looking for proofs by example that conservatives are racist. And, sadly, some of us are.
unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Kos kids are so ronery they seek out puns to feer good about themselves?

whatcat on February 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

No, UncleSmeagol, I don’t have to “think carefully” before I reply.

sartana on February 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

I know.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 8:11 PM

It’s hard to believe what hatched out of such a small egg. Role models have to endure stupid things in general, but these wanton displays by offended outside parties might hurt more than help. If I were Lin and he were me, fun or not, I’d probably try to go see that poor writer in person and, if anyone were peeking, duck into his house so we could speak in private. I think that guy who lost his job would appreciate hearing that regardless of their current positions, high or low, main players in the saga didn’t hold a personal grudge over such silliness.

rogerb on February 24, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Did I get them all?

CurtissP-40b on February 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Did I get them all?

CurtissP-40b on February 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Think plastic — think Tokyo: egg. Role models

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 8:29 PM

wow … there are a lot of people here who seem to think insulting people based on their ethnicity is just fine and dandy. that’s really pathetic and sad.

theblackcommenter on February 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

wow … there are a lot of people here who seem to think insulting people based on their ethnicity is just fine and dandy. that’s really pathetic and sad.
theblackcommenter on February 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Orrrrrrrrrr……….
There are people like you here that think its fine and dandy to insult someone…so long as it is NOT insulting their ethnicity. That’s even more pathetic and sadder.

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

So making laundry jokes such as- that guy just hung Lin out to dry are acceptable. Good to know

tommy-t on February 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM

There are people like you here that think its fine and dandy to insult someone…so long as it is NOT insulting their ethnicity. That’s even more pathetic and sadder.

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Please tell me these guys are just funnin me. First we have Asianeyes and now theblackcommenter. After reading their posts I sure was surprised a their screen name. I picked mine for fun. Maybe I’ll change it to “funkywhitey” or “menocandance”.

arnold ziffel on February 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Can you imagine a Scottish victim group issuing an advisory to journalists not to use the phrase “skirt around the issue” in relation to a Scottish man…

Sharke on February 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM
As a member of the Scots Journalist Association, I am officially cautioning you.

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Don’t even think, about using the word “FLASH”.

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Please tell me these guys are just funnin me. First we have Asianeyes and now theblackcommenter. After reading their posts I sure was surprised a their screen name. I picked mine for fun. Maybe I’ll change it to “funkywhitey” or “menocandance”.

arnold ziffel on February 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I know – if it were possible to create screen names on the fly – I wouldn’t even respond to them because I’d know they were goading. But – you can’t. So – I gotta believe that these people wear their racial identity on their sleeve – and then beg (or more accurately – dare) you not to notice.

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Did I get them all?
 
CurtissP-40b on February 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

 
An unfortunate coincidence. Proof: “But” instead of “so”.

rogerb on February 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

nothing funny about my name… i’m black and I’m commenting. I don’t think it’s fine to insult people, and I certainly don’t think its fine to make fun of people because of their ethnicity. It’s not ok to tell people “go back where you came from” because they’re asian, or to mock their eyes, or insult their heritage. No it isn’t ok at all. And to say so doesn’t make me a liberal or anything. It’s just true. and it’s wrong to do so. And we could play the “let’s compare grievances” game, but I’m not into that and I think it’s stupid, and its certainly not what I’m doing.

theblackcommenter on February 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I knew this was inevitable, despite the fact that of all races common in America, none have more positive stereotypes than Asians.

L.N. Smithee on February 24, 2012 at 9:07 PM

wow … there are a lot of people here who seem to think insulting people based on their ethnicity is just fine and dandy. that’s really pathetic and sad.
theblackcommenter on February 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Meh. This blonde of Scandinavian ancestry has laughed at a whole lot of “dumb Scandinavian blonde” jokes.

whatcat on February 24, 2012 at 9:07 PM

nothing funny about my name… i’m black and I’m commenting.

You’re really whining more than commenting.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Please tell me these guys are just funnin me. First we have Asianeyes and now theblackcommenter. After reading their posts I sure was surprised a their screen name. I picked mine for fun.
arnold ziffel on February 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

The Swine Journalist Community will soon issue guidelines so you will no longer have to suffer from the bigotry and intolerance of others.

whatcat on February 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM

theblackcommenter on February 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Who said it was OK to do the things you said? Do you ever kid around or tease family,friends,co-workers? On this entire thread no one has said “go back, you look funny blah blah”.

When John Kerry gets called horse face do you think he cries about it? Nope, he runs out to the pasture and says ehhhh ehhh!

So lighten up Clyde. Also refer to my earlier post re Sanford and Son. Very not PC but exceptionally funny.

arnold ziffel on February 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Best to nip it in the bud.

Mason on February 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

whatcat on February 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I grew up very pampered and loved. I had to work harder to get into college though because the set asides were already taken.

arnold ziffel on February 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM

nothing funny about my name… i’m black and I’m commenting. I don’t think it’s fine to insult people, and I certainly don’t think its fine to make fun of people because of their ethnicity. It’s not ok to tell people “go back where you came from” because they’re asian, or to mock their eyes, or insult their heritage. No it isn’t ok at all. And to say so doesn’t make me a liberal or anything. It’s just true. and it’s wrong to do so. And we could play the “let’s compare grievances” game, but I’m not into that and I think it’s stupid, and its certainly not what I’m doing.

theblackcommenter on February 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM

So I grew up wearing glasses. Kids picked on me incessantly. I also still have a speech impediment. I get plenty of snickers behind my back.

But – because I am white – it is okay to insult my physical characteristics…right?

CycloneCDB on February 24, 2012 at 9:22 PM

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