“Chink in the armor”? REALLY?!
Posted by Lissa on February 20, 2012
An ESPN writer posted an actual story with that as the headline. Really.
*ahem ahem* *mee-mee-mee-mee*
How DARE they? Don’t they know how HURTFUL and OFFENSIVE that statement is? We need a full study of racism against Asian-Americans! We need better preferential treatment! We need our asses kissed and our sensibilities pandered to!!!!
Okay, just kidding.
Seriously? I thought it was pretty funny. Do I think the headline writer should have been fired? ABSOLUTELY. Anyone that stupid is way too stupid to work for an organization that wishes to be profitable and that depends upon the goodwill of its customers. Hell, anyone that stupid is probably too stupid to flush the toilet, zip his/her pants or chew with a closed mouth.
I’m glad that “chink” is a slur that’s pretty much died an ignominious death. I think any headline writer who used “dago”, “wop” or any other ethnic-slur-not-relating-to-blacks would be fired as well, and rightly so. Again, I’m not personally offended – I laughed incredulously when my husband told me – but you CANNOT publish a headline like that in a national forum. You can’t. Not if you want and plan to keep your job.
(I have more sympathy for people who stay stupid things live that can’t be bleeped in time. We’ve all had stupid things slip out. A published headline, on the other hand, takes a deliberate decision to write, review and hit “launch”; I’m just not as sympathetic.)
Stupidity has consequences. (At least, it SHOULD.)
Let us all take a deep breath and thank The Great Deity that there’s no Asian equivalent of Al Sharpton to start whipping up riot mobs. (Of course, the mobbees are probably too busy studying. It’s an Asian thing.)