Something about Jeremy Lin seems to bring out the best in people, and the worst in television broadcasters. The list of racial terms used to describe the New York Knicks phenom has been overwhelming, and I would venture to say if these types of things were done to other races of people the outrage would be 10000 times louder.
CNN apologized for a headline put on their mobile site after the Knicks loss to the New Orleans Hornets which declared there was a “Chink” in the armor of Jeremy Lin. Can you imagine a more offensive headline? Lin who is of Chinese decent took it well, but he probably shouldn’t have.
Well the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, is not willing to accept the lame apology from CNN and wants them to do an on air apology and explain to people why using that kind of language is completely and utterly unacceptable.
In a statement on their website the AALDEF wrote,
“The time for apologies is over. The media and the general public must understand that racist language and stereotypes used to describe Jeremy Lin are an insult to all Asian Americans, and no one should tolerate their use.”
Add this to the list of racial insults Jeremy Lin has been subjected to.
- Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports said of Lin while the New York Knicks were in the process of beating the Lakers, “Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple of inches of pain tonight.”
- MSG network showed a picture of Lin’s head popping out of a fortune cookie
- Other broadcasters have used derogatory Asian names on air.
Do you think that networks should be much more accountable for this type of racist behavior?