...simply refer to "personal computer." If there's anything that's gotten as out of hand as the national debt, it's "Political Correctness."
The latest example of this type of thinking is tied directly to the "Linsanity" which has surpassed last Fall's "Tebowmania" in media hype to the extent that this is now a global phenomenon.
The Internet and the blogosphere is a-Twitter... yeah, that too!... with condemnation for ESPN anchor Max Bretos' Wednesday on-air remark and the identical phrase repeated Friday evening on ESPN.com's mobile web site:
The "offensive remark," the "racial slur?"
"Chink in the armor," for the love of Pete Klotz!
The phrase, which has been around for 700 years, has a very specific meaning which over the centuries came to mean "a weak spot" in an otherwise strong fortification or skill set.
Both Bretos and the Web Editor were obviously referencing Jeremy Lin's distressing propensity for turning the basketball over to the opposing team, and it had nothing to do with the Knicks point guard's Asian heritage.
Yet everyone and their weird Aunt Hettie from Puyallup are all over ESPN for its "racial insensitivity."
There's the Chicago Sun-Times, Forbes, even The New York Times-owned International Herald-Tribune with its "With separate slurs, ESPN stepped over the foul line," oblivious to its fomenting of anti-American sentiments.
Even Australia's Herald Sun piled on with "New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin attracts racial slurs," which story was mirrored in Thailand's Bangkok Post.
For their part, the gutless vanilla wussies at ESPN quickly removed the caption from their mobile Website, and fell all over themselves issuing not one but two apologies:
"Last night, ESPN.com's mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake."
O, get over it before someone has to publicly walk the plank in Bristol, Connecticut!
While every culture has its cranks, the bet here is that the bulk of the Asian community took no notice of anything other than one of their own playing exciting if at times sloppy basketball on the biggest professional stage in the world!
Death to Political Correctness!
It was not intentional; a poor choice perhaps of words but really....
By the way I've passed through Puyallup, nice little town South of Seattle - went through it on a Seattle-to-Portland bike race in 2009.
Of course any slight was unintentional! What was intentional was the media making a big deal out of it, and those pusillanimous wusses at ESPN promising "disciplinary action."