Friday, April 18, 2008
If I had heard this live I probably wouldn't even have paid attention but I think Deseret News writer Scott Pierce brings up a good point. See Ric Bucher was talking about the home court advantage that the Jazz will get in the Playoffs when he decided to bring up Religion and the fact that outside of the Arena, Utah is boring.....
"Let's be honest. They're Mormon. And they're in Salt Lake. And there's nothing else there," he said. "You've got to smile and be happy all the time. This might be one opportunity for fans to get vicious."This is almost along the same lines of someone saying that all Southerners are Rednecks and watch NASCAR, and people just don't ever make the connection that it's prejudiced. Per usual.....just keep religion and race out of things.
Let's leave aside the lame comment about how there's nothing to do in Utah. That's been done so many times it's neither original nor amusing — let alone accurate. If Bucher had left it at that, nobody would have noticed his comments.
And let's leave aside how dumb it is to assume that everyone in Utah, let alone everyone in the EnergySolutions Arena, is a member of the LDS Church.
But let's be honest. If Bucher had been talking about the Knicks and said, "They're Jews and they're in New York City"; if Bucher had said, "They're African-Americans and they're in Memphis," he would have been suspended if not fired by now.
Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before (Deseret News)