The other day, I posted a video clip where sports announcer Bob Griese made an absolutely unnecessary and offensive comment during a nationally televised college football game on ESPN.
PLEASE WATCH BEFORE READING THE REST
As you can clearly see, Mr. Griese makes the comment jokingly and later apologizes (which was clearly advised by his superiors).
So getting back to Being Latino… when I posted the clip, I asked if anyone else saw this to be offensive. Through the series of comments, I saw some who said yes and others that said no. The people that said no had a similar “It’s not that big of a deal” type of response. I was a bit taken back by this type of response and would like for those who responded as so to ask themselves the following questions:
1) Was this the time or place for a ethnic jokes or are the announcers jobs to talk about the game at hand?
2) How do you think that the viewers took this comment?
3) Had it been one of the African-American players in the game that he was commenting on and he said something about them eating fried chicken… is that any different?
4) Why isn’t it “that serious’?
Here are my responses to those questions asked: