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Posted 8/23/17 , edited 8/23/17
ESPN pulled out an asian announcer for having the same name as a confederate general.


http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/22/espn-pulls-announcer-robert-lee-university-virgini/


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Posted 8/23/17 , edited 8/23/17
That's absurd.
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Posted 8/23/17 , edited 8/23/17
Yep, that's ridiculous.
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Posted 8/23/17 , edited 8/24/17
While this is absurd, I can fully understand why ESPN made the decision to do so.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where companies and organizations have to essentially police themselves or face massive public backlash by the ignorant masses. Even over things that shouldn't be offensive to "anyone," such as a generic name like "Robert Lee."

Isn't really a big deal that they did so, either. It's just a sign of the times. Until either the people who support the "actually" offensive stuff die off or disappear, or those who over-react to every little thing disappear, this will never end.

I don't count on either happening anytime soon, personally.

People will always find a new stupid ideology to follow, similar to the ideology that says that the Confederacy wasn't fighting for slavery, despite their leadership and people in power ALL doing so, factually speaking. Or the ideal that, say, having a pale skin color makes you magically superior to all others. Or ideologies that say that just because you are born a white male means you should immediately feel guilt towards any person descended from slaves in America, because reasons, or basically anyone else in America who isn't white - really. The list goes on and on.

Ideologies based on stupidity will never fade, and never have. Until they do, we're going to see any public organization (or one who has its profits linked closely to public perception) forced to do things like this to protect themselves. All we can do is try to educate the public and lead our society towards a less ignorant and more rational future, though given that those in power in our country would prefer we fight among ourselves rather than become educated, I can't see that being easy either.

I say all of this as an American, of course. I'm sure that others have their own problems worldwide, so I'm not commenting on any of that.
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Posted 8/23/17 , edited 8/23/17
Sounds like ESPN was trying to play it extra safe in regards to Charlottesville. I can understand why, but they overdid it, and worse, they let the fact that they did get out. Bad idea. Well, whatever. It's not like the guy's career was damaged, so it doesn't strike me as a big deal. Trying to strike a balance between appearing callous and overly sensitive can be pretty difficult, especially when you take in to account how broad ESPN's viewers' demographics are in certain respects.
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Posted 8/23/17 , edited 8/23/17
To clarify, "pulled" means they switched the game he would be commentating, not that he was fired. It's silly, but whatever...
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Posted 8/23/17 , edited 8/24/17
LMAO
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don't watch espn so don't care
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Poor guy. Imagine losing a job because your name wasn't PC. At least in this case, it seems he was only assigned to announce for a different game but still. Not that I can entirely blame ESPN for thinking that backlash for such a petty reason is possible, but they should ignore such absurdist backlash instead of trying to avoid it.
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Posted 8/23/17 , edited 8/24/17

lorreen wrote:
That's absurd.


^

If it was really an actual problem could they not just call him Bob for a while?
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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/24/17
Honestly, this is nothing usual for corporations.

It's about the $$$.
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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/24/17
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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/24/17
Not a big deal imo, just blown out of proportion


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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/24/17
Don't give me that bullshit. ESPN is saying is that after hindsight. That should've been there initial response. If you actually believe in their latest statement than you are bigger idiot than I thought.
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