Unlike Tony Bruno’s remark about supposed “illegal alien” Ramon Ramirez, Fox columnist Jason Whitlock isn’t even going to delete this tweet. He typed up and pressed “send” on the tweet above in the aftermath of Jeremy Lin scoring 38 points with 7 assists on national television against the Los Angeles Lakers, and Whitlock is going to ride this thing out. Because that’s what Whitlock does.
I got a buddy (my best man, actually) who frequently says, “He’s getting laid tonight!” after an athlete has a dominating performance. It’s pretty much always funny, because it’s harmless and probably true. Also, it’s never motivated by race.
In the right company, Whitlock’s tweet could be funny. Like if you’re hanging out in a living room with Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and John Rocker.
Whitlock’s Twitter background reads: “I speak truth to power. Black people think i’m a sellout. White people think i’m a racist. I think i’m too honest. My perspective is for people unafraid to think and willing to challenge their own biases. PS It also doesn’t hurt if you like to laugh.”
At this moment, he’s probably either patting himself on the back for becoming a national story, or worrying about damage control. Probably the former, since he works at Fox. A little inflammatory language based on ugly stereotypes is just par for the Rupert Murdoch empire.
And here I thought some Knicks fan’s “Yellow Mamba” sign was the most racist thing we’d see this evening…
Whitlock’s either fearless (he doesn’t care what others think) or absolutely afraid of losing the role as “MOST INFLAMMATORY COLUMNIST WHO EVER LIVED.”
Or, just impulsive and easily amused at his own tired material.
I’ve read several Whitlock columns over the years. Some great, some transparently contrarian, all thought-provoking. That’s the problem with the Lin tweet above. He’s written some pretty questionable 140-characters-or-less outbursts over the years, and while I’m pretty tough to offend in most circumstances, I was pretty disgusted tonight. Mostly due to the outright racism, but the laziness didn’t help.
It takes one to know one!
It seems like some people are a little too ready for “Linsanity,” with Knicks fans chanting “M-V-P” for a guy who played a grand total of 54 minutes this season before this 4-game stretch of awesomeness (although awesome it has been: 28.5 ppg and 8 apg). Others aren’t ready at all, like Whitlock.
When someone uses homophobic slurs and/or acts like life as we know it would be over if gay people enjoyed equal rights, I always wonder, “Why is this person so vehemently against what others do in the bedroom? Is it because they’re uncomfortable with their own urges?” Ted Haggard TOTALLY disagrees with this line of thinking…
Perhaps Whitlock himself is challenged in a certain anatomical region. Forget guys who drive exotic sports cars or giant pickup trucks jacked up to the moon. When a guy makes “small dick” jokes, particularly racial ones, my first thought often is, “Maybe the one tweeting these tired attempts at humor is upset because he hasn’t seen his in 15 years without the help of a couple mirrors.”
This is certainly the 2nd post, of urs I personally checked out. And yet I like this one, “Bay Area Sports Guy - Jason Whitlock tweets racist joke about Jeremy Lin” the most. Cya ,Sheri
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Magic Johnson is Asian? I didn't know that. Oh, you mean Mr. S. Lee the director? That's much more plausible. He's wearing a Harvard Lin jersey against the Mavs afterall. BTW, it's official: ESPN > Fox http://frontrow.espn.go.com/2012/02/follow-up-statement-and-action/ Fockin Fox
Yeah Kobe is the black mamba but he gave himself that nickname. I'm part Asian and living in San Francisco where there is a large Asian community I've never heard one Asian person defining themselves as being yellow. On the other hand living in the bay area there is also a large African American community. I grew up in a predominantly black area of town and I've heard them describe themselves as being black all the time. Yellow mamba tho a little degrading was meant as a compliment but it was a little idiotic and vulgar. Unimaginative people just trying to get a few cheap laughs.
He dolt you're the only one bringing race into this. Where exactly in his tweet is he claiming all asians have small ones? He is just saying this one guy does? How about you leave race out of it for once? Dont just assume it is implied everywhere and people will just move on with their lives. Ugh. And I guess its ok for you to hit back Whitlock with a small dic joke cause why exactly?? Please explain your hypocritical statement.
besides the obvious stereotyping in the tweet, why is 'she going to feel pain'? I have some ideas what he is getting at, but I am curious what other people think.
You have to consider the source when it comes to Jason Whitlock. He was escorted out of Gillette Stadium when he got in a confrontation with Patriots fans after holding a sign he made that read "Bled-so-gay" from his comfy press box accomodations. This guy just writes things to get a rise out of people. Best thing people should do is ignore this lazy writer who never passed up a free meal.
Blacks are actually the most overtly racist group in the country, but no one calls them out on it. It is true scientific studies show that Asian penises are slightly shorter than African ones. It is also true that African and black American brains are smaller than white and East Asian ones. Yet, a prime-media figure like Whitlock can get away with a joke about the first (he won't get fired) while no one of any color can make fun of black brain size or function.
Lack of class. Jeremy LIn is one of the few role models to bring dignity as a human being and to competition. bad move
Email professor dinh, he's a board member of newscorp and Asian American and Harvard guy. Tell him you want Whitlock fired. email@example.com
it may or may not make a difference but i got on Twitter and "followed" Jason Whitlock and called him out for being A) unfunny and B) and ignorant hater. I've been following Jeremy Lin on Twitter and alerted him about the fraud known as Jason Whitlock. Jeremy has mentioned he has heard racial comments while playing at the Ivy League schools but this is coming from a national writer, with the spotlight on him. Thanks BASG for bringing this to our attention. It will be interesting to see if the local sport talk shows give this a mention - e..g., why does this kind of stuff seem ok to do to Asians as opposed to other ethnic groups? (see Tony Bruno).
Whitlock is a member of a protected class and, therefore, will be free and clear after a few choice words from the moral arbiters out there. Yeah, it's every bit as inflammatory as what Bruno said. Unfortunately, when it comes to public speech in the US the last 20+ years, the declarant's appearance or group affiliation is much more important than content. It's sad, but that's where we are. The FSM and CRM should've been about finding the middle, but we've just swung from one pole to the other.
And read Lin's Wiki page..My god,before he signed with the Warriors he turned down the Mavericks and the Lakers..he was home team loyal. And Riley didn't give a damn. Oh,and as you read-notice that every big game he's had since high school,his team WON. How many times has Monta had big games..and the Warriors lost? Typical Warriors and has continued under Lacob..that whole F-ed up every big decision over the last two years. Every one of them.
I heard some 20 year old sports host on Yahoo radio sports-1050 of course,go into a Ricky Rubio imitation that was like the worst Ricky Ricardo,Speedy Gonzales combination you ever heard. See? thats whats wrong with sports media...to those the stations pander too white conservative males 18-40..they see nothing wrong with that. The 180 million people of color? Like they dont exist as anything other then background noise.
Meh! yeah its a bit much but now Whitlock can go to CSN Bay Area bc Fox has a lot bark but no bite they'll just cut him or something and Jason will end up on the Howard Stern show ( yes I have started to listen to him - relunctantly ) and move on. I guess public figures shouldn't tweet naughty bits but private people do it all the time i.e. Leremy Jin ;)
everyone is taking this the wrong way...whitlock was in new york last night and referring to himself...
" A little inflammatory language based on ugly stereotypes is just par for the Rupert Murdoch empire" - Not so fast, BASG. The ugliest stereotypes have become the exclusive province of the left and their "journolist" apologists in the media. People like, well, you.
And while your at it, email Saudi prince & known terror funder, Alaweed Bin Tallal (spelling?) . He's the 2nd largest shareholder in NewsCorp (next to Rupert himself) (aka Dinh's boss) But you will NEVER find THAT on ANY FauxNews report or story !
Whitlock will still be joking about race and get paid for years to come…why? it’s his skin color, that is why. Than again, it’s quite obvious that no matter what color or race he is, he’s not capable of even giving a couple inches to any lady, tramp, whore, or some guy down the street…he’s just envious of Lin! We should give Whitlock a break for his shortcomings!
Again, I'll try to restate it in clear terms detpise the fact that most of you are playing a game of denial and misrepresentation.I suspect many of the readers who aren't bothering to post get the point.OK kids here goes.Jeremy Lin's recent success is happening in a sport that is overwhelmingly dominated by black males in a larger society that both views black males as hypermasculine and hyperathletic while often viewing Asian males as distinctly less masculine and less athletic than males of other races and in particular black males.If you don't believe me, so be it. Maybe Asian males are in fact viewed as being just as masculine, even as violent or as athletic as males of any other race in America. If so then I am wrong.I am not discussing any male sexual interest in relation to black males. I was referencing FEMALE sexual interest in black males over Asian males and media representations of Asian males as less sexually attractive than black males.Several posters including the blog host have referenced WHITE female interest in relation to Asian males and it's connection to Jeremy Lin.My points have been:1. Asian interest in Jeremy Lin is based in race. Asians want to see an Asian winning.2. The image of the Asian male as a nonathletic, less masculine male in America is something that many people hope will be countered by Jeremy Lin's success.3. The image of the Asian male in America as a sexless nerd who is both often ignored by Asian women, including politically active ones, and ignored by White women as well is something many people hope will be countered by Jeremy Lin's success. That has been referenced on this blog.3. The image of the black male a a sexless, nonathletic nerdy guy who can't attract women especially White women is not a common stereotype in America.4. Jeremy Lin is proving himself as an athletic, competitive man in a sport that represents black male athletic success as much as any sport. This is even more true when you consider that unlike football you can more clearly see the race and faces of the players.I see no rational reason to deny this and I suspect the reason for the resistance, denial and misrepresentation has more to do with the fact that the messenger has been characterized as a rice chaser HBD threat etc and therefore there is an emotion reason for the denial, hostility and misrepresentation of my comments.
Hey xpc, R U Whitlock or Stan's polar opposite/ alter-ego? There,s no left or right, just right or wrong and Whitlock. Is wrong here - just like you. LOL.
That's right, some poor dimwhit in KSC is gonna feel a couple linches of pain tomorrow. Question is: am I left or right? And'eh...who's the apologists now?
HLS Appeal For Write-In Vote: This award is supposed to go to the funinest blog. How can a blog put up posts like this, this, and this, and not get a nomination for funinest blog?
It's the culture that's the problem here, having this kinda imbecile as adults, of course the next generation is going to suffer.
Whitlock will still be joking about race and get paid for years to come...why? it's his skin color, that is why. Than again, it's quite obvious that no matter what color or race he is, he's not capable of even giving a couple inches to any lady, tramp, whore, or some guy down the street...he's just envious of Lin!