Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Okay everyone....let's make a pact. If we are ever in the position where 10s of thousands of people are listening to us talk.......let's NOT make jokes about someones gender, race, and/or sexual orientation. Good? Good.
It blows my mind that A) People still think this way, and B) That they don't understand it's career suicide to talk about their bigotry on-air.
Our latest victim (for lack of a better word) is former Boston Celtic Cedric Maxwell. Ced decided that rather than just criticize (our favorite ref ever!) Violet Palmer for her calls.....that he should make fun of all women.
One of the Celtics players managed to fake out the referee to get a call to go his way. The referee who made this call was Violet Palmer, who happens to be a woman. Cedric Maxwell, the analyst / sidekick on the Celtics broadcast team, proclaimed "Get back in the kitchen!" when she made the call. Max's partner, Sean Grande, tried to throw him a lifeline by pointing out that they had both been previously impressed by Palmer's officiating, but Max continued "Get back in the kitchen and fix me some bacon and eggs!"If it's worth anything Ced will make an apology on-air tonight. There seems to be one of these every week......Announcers, Color Guys, Analysts, and Hosts......just stop trying to be funny. Just because your Chauvinistic Uncle laughs at the joke doesn't mean it's good for the airwaves.
Celtics Broadcaster To Apologize (CNNSI)
Maxwell Not So Smart (Universal Hub)
Cedric Maxwell Prefers Bacon and Eggs to Pancakes (Fanhouse)