Dude, Chinaman is Not the Preferred Nomenclature - Asian-American, Please

Friday, April 11, 2008

(posted by One More Dying Quail)

Before leaving for vacation on Thursday, AA wrote:

While I'm away I'm sure Chris Berman will curse on air, Tiger Woods will shoot a 50 at the Masters, and John Kruk will have a nip slip on Baseball Tonight.....
Close, boss, but not quite.

No, the first story I, your faithful weekend presence, gets to deal with in his triumphant return to Awful Announcing (hi, by the way) is that old standby: racial slurs! Wheeeeee!

The story comes from Michael David Smith at The FanHouse. Rather than simply restating the facts, let's let him tell it:

During today's Masters broadcast, CBS announcer Bobby Clampett referred to Chinese golfer Liang Wen-Chong as "the chinaman."

According to CBS spokeswoman LeslieAnne Wade, Clampett later apologized on the Masters webcast.

Clampett has been working Amen Corner the last two days, and his commentary can be heard both online and on DirecTV. He used the "chinaman" slur while describing Liang's round and explaining that he will not make the cut.
Oh, Bobby. That ain't cool, no matter what the commenters on Smith's post have to say about it. (Seriously, read the first two. Ah-may-zing stuff right there.) There are certain words that those of us who live in the 21st century no longer use; this is certainly one of them.

At least he was mindful enough of his slipup to issue an apology...sort of:

"It has been a privilege to be here with you the last 2 days describing action of all of the players. In describing the Asian player Wen-Chong Liang if I offended anybody please accept me sincere apologies."
I like to call this the Hardaway Method of apologizing: "I'm still not sure I said anything wrong, but if I did, I'm sorry for saying whichever part offended you." As Smith notes, "This style of apology...always rings a bit hollow."

Posted by One More Dying Quail at 9:06 PM


I love the old man racial slurs. The ones that died around WWII. I'm waiting for someone to refer to Dice-k as "That Nip".

philip said...
Apr 11, 2008, 9:56:00 PM  

Save 'em for your weekly HoldEm game, phildo

Monty said...
Apr 11, 2008, 11:22:00 PM  

Oh, here we goooooooo...

August National will kick Clampett to the curb the same way they kicked Gary McCord for the "bikini wax" comment and Jack Whitaker for the "mob" comments. Book it.

JamesCraven said...
Apr 11, 2008, 11:37:00 PM  

Steve Kerr & Bill Parcells (Kerr's own "Chinaman" comment for Yao & Parcells' "Jap plays," respectively) approve.

Brandon Inge (Still) Sucks said...
Apr 11, 2008, 11:40:00 PM  

I cant believe they called Padraig an Irishman yesterday.. Im so offended!!

matt said...
Apr 12, 2008, 8:34:00 AM  

Just a comment on your headline. No, Asian American would NOT be politically correct. He is not an American. He is Chinese.

Anonymous said...
Apr 12, 2008, 10:35:00 AM  

What are you supposed to call him? Really. I want to know. It's not like he called him "chink" or something like that.

Anonymous said...
Apr 12, 2008, 10:55:00 AM  

anonymous #1 - The headline was a joke from The Big Lebowski.

Apr 12, 2008, 2:30:00 PM  

why do people not understand that their lack of awareness doesn't make them right? You can be a racist without being fully aware of it, you know. 'Ignorance' and 'racism' are pretty much cousins of one another.

Anonymous said...
Apr 12, 2008, 3:13:00 PM  

anon 3:13 -- that's too deep for a sports blog. boil it down to X's and O's or telestrate what you're trying to say. maybe say it like emmitt would say it. then i'd understand!!

Anonymous said...
Apr 13, 2008, 1:33:00 PM  

He's from China.
He's a man.

What's wrong with Chinaman????

Anonymous said...
Apr 14, 2008, 8:10:00 AM  

Maybe he was saying, "he's from China, man."

NFL Adam said...
Apr 14, 2008, 4:48:00 PM  

"He's from China.
He's a man.

What's wrong with Chinaman????"

Because it's idiotic as saying...

He's from England.
He's a man.
What's wrong with Englandman?

At the very least say "Chineseman", if not the preferred nomenclature.

Anonymous said...
Apr 14, 2008, 5:53:00 PM  

Since Clampett was working Amen Corner he should REALLY watch this YouTube film



Tor Hershman said...
Jun 8, 2008, 6:41:00 PM  

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