Small Controversy Surrounding Kenny Mayne And Rednecks

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Found this tidbit over at SbB....

Apparently a columnist from the Morning Call (Pennsylvania) is upset with a recent comment Mayne made on SportsCenter Sunday night. Here's the quote....

"If Cletus, Jebadiah, Clanson [and] Susan -- NASCAR has gone mainstream, after all -- are not at work on Monday, here's why: the Nextel Cup race at Dover will be run Monday at high noon due to the heavy rains that came on the intended race day, Sunday."
This brings up and interesting debate that we've had before on the site. Is calling someone a redneck and offensive term? Here's Morning Call reporter Jay King's respones....
Media elites will undoubtedly find humor in what Mayne said, mostly because there's a double standard when it comes to NASCAR, where it's OK (and in Mayne's case, funny) to take potshots at this uneducated, backwoods, single-toothed culture because, well, it's true, isn't it? But what if Mayne had said, ''If your local gun shop is running low on bullets this weekend, here's why: the NBA All-Star game is in town,'' what would be the reaction?
It's a good point to bring up. I've said previously that Southerners and the like embrace the term "Redneck", but you could also argue that some African-Americans have embraced the "N-word". Is it okay for us to use that term....of course not. I don't really have a say either way, but if we're jumping all over the Billy Packers (F**) and Imuseseses of the world, it might be worth a discussion.

Apparently, race fans are fair game for parody (Morning Call)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 11:33 AM

5 Comments:

Think, Jay, think! You gotta get noticed somehow, that FOXSports field reporter position isn't going to find itself!

What if I said LeBron James should be ashamed for being such a ballhog? That'll go against the grain! The blogoglobe will go nuts over that!

Maybe I should say Barry Bonds deserves the benefit of the doubt. . .

I know! I'll take offense at an innocuous statement made by someone immensely more important than me on behalf of a group of people that seemingly have no problem whatsoever with the characterization the statement makes! What's that I hear? Why it's the sweet sound of clicks. Clickey click click click.

Pete said...
Jun 6, 2007, 1:04:00 PM  

Yeah, pardon me too, but "persecuted whitey" is so played out. Even Republicans gave up on that in about 1998...

Get r' done, indeed.

Got Map? said...
Jun 6, 2007, 2:06:00 PM  

Here's my take, if you've purchased anything that Larry The Cable Guy has appeared in or endorses, you must pay the consequences. Whether it be hillbilly slurs, loss of a dental plan, or giving up ownership of your shoes, you asked for it.

GMoney said...
Jun 6, 2007, 3:50:00 PM  

Kenny Mayne is an ass. The comments weren't THAT bad, but when he wrote them he should have known that someone would take offense to them.

WCT said...
Jun 6, 2007, 9:28:00 PM  

This is what I think: Kenny Mayne

Chus said...
Sep 28, 2008, 2:46:00 PM  

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