ESPN's Offensive Chink Headline

ESPN's Offensive Chink Headline As Linsanity cools down, and newspapers struggle to come up with more puns, something like this was bound to happen.

ESPN used the headline "Chink In The Armour" for 35 minutes early this morning. Now that's racist!

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Argie

I agree it is racist and dumb but I'll tell you what's also racist - millions of Asian people suddenly into basketball because of a American born, devout Christian who happens to be of Asian decent.

February 18, 2012 @ 1:26 PM

David

ESPN have apologized...

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."

February 18, 2012 @ 2:22 PM

elvis

@Argie - I think it might be pride.

February 18, 2012 @ 5:22 PM

David

@elvis

I agree. It IS pride, or even just the delight of finding a connection with something that is fun that one can cheer along with or be happy with.

Our own media does it, and while it may not be as blatant as it used to be, there's always that ever so slight "canadian connection" that needs to be mentioned whenever something good happens or when soneone succeeds. Especially if we are somehow able to one-up those bad guys south of the border.

February 18, 2012 @ 6:22 PM

Rick C in Oakville

May have been in poor taste, but us Scots get maligned for thriftyness, drinking etc. without as much as a wimper. We are just all to PC today.

February 18, 2012 @ 8:52 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Listen, I agree we're probably a little overboard with the PC these days, but "chinks"? Really? That's no grey area, that's a racial slur.

If Paul Lawrie wins a major, it would be like writing a "Cheap Bastard Wins" headline.

February 18, 2012 @ 10:12 PM

elvis

For the record, I agree the headline was racist - it was Argie's second comment I was disagreeing with.

February 19, 2012 @ 12:41 PM

Argie

Elvis,

Pride is a sin.

February 19, 2012 @ 6:36 PM

Ajax Mike

@Argie

"Pride is an inwardly directed emotion that carries two common meanings. With a negative connotation, pride refers to an inflated sense of one's personal status or accomplishments, often used synonymously with hubris. With a positive connotation, pride refers to a satisfied sense of attachment toward one's own or another's choices and actions, or toward a whole group of people, and is a product of praise, independent self-reflection, or a fulfilled feeling of belonging."

I think its safe to assume that Elvis is referring to the second, positive version of Pride. Or is it really a sin to be proud of your son getting an A on a test?

February 19, 2012 @ 8:15 PM

Corey

Actually Mike, there CAN be a grey area. As always, people rush to condemn and express moral outrage but the guy who was fired for writing the headline claims to have used "Chink in the armor" at least a hundred times over the years (should be easy enough to verify). It's still a legitimate turn of phrase. If he used it frequently in the past, and it was 2:30 a.m., I could understand this might have been an oversight. Apparently Lin does too.

February 20, 2012 @ 5:54 PM

speysidephil

Check the Dictionary folks, it's only racist if you want it to be.
PC gone wild again.

February 21, 2012 @ 8:33 AM

Icarus

Anyone who thinks that the 'chink in the armour' is a racist statement is a fucking idiot.

It dates back to the use of metal plated armour in Europe. The plates were separated to allow for movement at the joints and as such there was a gap or weak spot where the wearer could be vunerable to a well aimed or lucky strike from a weapon or arrow.

Now the phrase refersto a vunerability that can be exploited in an otherwise strong opponent.

But the moronic crowds bay for blood and ESPN obeys

February 21, 2012 @ 10:05 AM

CQ

Under this particular headline usage, Jeremy Lin is being indirectly referred to as the main subject noun.
There are, at least, a few thousand J-school students of the past four or five years just waiting to fulfill this suddenly open position. And many of them aren't so ignorant as to toss off a racist in one instance - legitimate in another publicly professional word play.
Ignorance is not an excuse.

February 21, 2012 @ 1:47 PM

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