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April 2, 2013

Jason Whitlock’s Tweet About Jeremy Lin’s Penis Size

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Written by: MANAA

February 10, 2012-Following the New York Knicks defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 92 to 85 and Jeremy Lin scoring a career high 38 points, Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock tweets:  “Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple inches of pain tonight.”

February 11-The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) expresses outrage on its Facebook page.

February 13-Whitlock, who is African American, apologizes, saying, “I’ve cried watching Tiger Woods win a major golf championship.  Jeremy Lin, for now, is the Tiger Woods of the NBA. I suspect Lin makes Asian Americans feel the way I feel when I watch Tiger play golf…

“I then gave in to another part of my personality—my immature, sophomoric, comedic nature. It’s been with me since birth, a gift from my mother and honed as a child listening to my godmother’s Richard Pryor albums.  I still want to be a standup comedian.

“The… tweet overshadowed my sincere celebration of Lin’s performance and the irony that the stereotype applies to pot-bellied, overweight male sports writers, too.  As the Asian American Journalist Association pointed out, I debased a feel-good sports moment. For that, I’m truly sorry.”

February 14-MANAA Founding President Guy Aoki speaks to Kaliko Hurley, assistant to Nicole Bernard of Fox’s Audience Strategy department.  Aoki emails Hurley links to AAJA’s letter to Whitlock and the apology and on the phone says MANAA believes Whitlock should be reprimanded and Fox should apologize to the Asian American community for the stereotyped joke.

Not having heard back from Bernard, Aoki calls her office the next two days.  On February 16, Hurley says Bernard will be calling him, but she never does.

February 17-On the phone, Hurley tells Aoki that Bernard wants him to write in an email what MANAA’s asking for.  Aoki writes Bernard that he’s “frustrated I am asked to repeat in writing what I already expressed three days ago.  In the future, there has to be a more efficient way of dealing with our concerns so that we don’t waste so much time (I am aware that you were sick and hope you’re feeling better).  If your department was not able to handle this, I should’ve been referred to someone at Fox Sports where I could’ve set things in motion sooner…

MANAA is asking Fox Sports to formally reprimand Whitlock for making an unnecessarily insulting, stereotypical crack about Asian men and their ‘size,’ that it apologize to the Asian American community, and impress upon all of its reporters/columnists, etc. to be more sensitive in the future regarding Jeremy Lin (we’re trying to be proactive and don’t look forward to complaining every other day about another ignoramus).

A new suggestion:  Because Jason has a podcast and is otherwise very aware of racial issues, it may be a good idea for him to have a discussion with Asian American advocates about the significance of what he tweeted and related issues surrounding our community.”

Bernard doesn’t respond.

February 19-Aoki issues a press release praising ESPN for taking the “Chink in the Armor” headline seriously (see ESPN’s “Chink In The Armor” headline story) and mentions that Fox has ignored MANAA’s request that the corporation reprimand Whitlock.

Read the full press release



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