How About Some Reverse Racism Talk For MLK Day

Monday, January 21, 2008

Another day and yet another questionable call regarding race. This one seems like another "not a big deal" case, but the NY Post and Phil Mushnick doesn't seem to think so. The announcer in question is SNY Sports Nite anchor, Kirk Gimenez and he had this to say about (pictured right) West Virginia Forward Joe Alexander....

SNY "Sports Nite" anchor, Kirk Gimenez, a former ESPNews anchor, Thursday night was trying to be extra slick when, over clips of St. John's-West Virginia, he said, "[WVU's] Joe Alexander going baseline, and the white boy puts it in, reverse."

While Gimenez, like Tilghman, sounded as if he were trying (too hard) to be cute as opposed to hateful, he apparently has a poor sense of current events as they relate to sportscasters and race.

SNY says Gimenez has been scolded about such cracks, but one shudders to think what would have happened to his career - and who would have led the charge (with the news media's full cooperation) - had the racial/ethnic components of both reporter and player been different.
I know this isn't a big deal at all, but why doesn't everyone just stop bringing up race all together? Nothing good will come of it if you try to be funny, cute, or hateful so why bother??? Someone's going to get pissed about something whether it's the athlete, another writer, or people who think this world is too PC.

Cold, Hard Cash (NY Post)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:17 PM

12 Comments:

I know this isn't a big deal at all, but why doesn't everyone just stop bringing up race all together?

You've got to be joking.

It's an industry that people depend on to feed their families.

Have you checked out a course offering of a typical English department lately?

It's all about race man, all of it.

"Must be white boy day."

hollywood wags said...
Jan 21, 2008, 2:33:00 PM  

Missy Elliot doesn't think it was a big deal.

JC said...
Jan 21, 2008, 3:00:00 PM  

I like it when people call me white boy...reminds me of my roots.

GMoney said...
Jan 21, 2008, 3:50:00 PM  

SNY gets a pass in the NY media 'cause no one watches except for Mets games.
They position themselves as a local ESPN, but are pretty thin and their on-camera laddies are small-market.

Anonymous said...
Jan 21, 2008, 3:51:00 PM  

Well I didn't think this would be how St. John's first got a mention on Awful Announcing but usually the coverage on SNY is better than USPNU or MSG. I was out at a bar in Manhattan so I didn't hear the commentary first hand. Mason Jr. made the top 10 on ESPN for a thunderous dunk he had in the beginning of the game and it appeared Alexander wanted to answer back he took it to the rim hard a lot trying to dunk over guys mostly unsuccessful. He got a technical for taunting Justin Burrell after knocking him over. Perhaps all of this played into his foolish comment, I don't know. I personally don't think the comment is that big of a deal however I agree why do we have to bring it up at all?

Johnny Jungle said...
Jan 21, 2008, 3:56:00 PM  

caucasian, please.

No it's not that big of a deal but shouldn't there be consistency in how we deal with these things?

The Zoner said...
Jan 21, 2008, 4:42:00 PM  

race is easy to make jokes about....stop bringing it up all together....yeah like that will ever happen.

Anonymous said...
Jan 21, 2008, 5:37:00 PM  

The only way for no one to get offended is everybody standing silent. That's not going to happen.

Anonymous said...
Jan 21, 2008, 6:23:00 PM  

6:23, of course it's impossible to guarantee that no one will ever find something offensive. That doesn't make it a bad idea to use reasonable effort in preventing it in easy cases.

It's absolutely reasonable to expect someone to avoid gratuitous racial remarks (this one obviously had no serious purpose) that have a substantial likelihood of offending people.

Collin said...
Jan 21, 2008, 7:49:00 PM  

"Well, somebody's always going to be offended."

Brilliant point. It is a losing battle. So why not just throw in the towel and walk around shouting obscenities all day? That's what I do.

Anonymous said...
Jan 21, 2008, 7:56:00 PM  

I'd rather him call someone "white boy" or "black boy" than that stupid shit he did with ALL hispanic players when he was on ESPNews.

Anonymous said...
Jan 22, 2008, 1:47:00 AM  

I've got a question....WHAT is REVERSE racism???
Reverse is defined as: turned bacward; opposite or contrary....

racism is racism NO MATTER who it's against!!

JUST because it's not against the usual suspects, does NOT make it ANY different....

breakneckz1 said...
Feb 6, 2008, 6:06:00 PM  

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