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ESPN: Politically Correct Poltroons

Do not insult this man by mistaking him for an ESPN employee (Everett Historical/Shutterstock [1])

When I first saw this, I thought it couldn’t possibly be true: [2]

In a story that seems made for The Onion, but is actually true, according to multiple Outkick fans inside ESPN MSESPN decided to pull an Asian college football announcer named Robert Lee off the William and Mary at University of Virginia college football game because they were concerned that having an ASIAN FOOTBALL ANNOUNCER NAMED ROBERT LEE would be offensive to some viewers.

Did I mention that Robert Lee is Asian?

But it is true. ESPN’s statement on the matter:

“We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.”

This has to be the epitome of idiotic political correctness. On the bright side, if you are a sportscaster whose last name is Sherman, I bet your resume goes to the top of the pile at that craphouse.

Next week, retired CBS executives will commit hara-kiri to mitigate their shame over the network’s having aired The Dukes Of Hazzard.

I don’t know about you, but this kind of thing pushes me towards the “Hands Off Those Monuments” side, just to spite the p.c. poltroons. If I were going to the UVA game, I’d buy a Robert E. Lee t-shirt [3]and wear it proudly. I might anyway, just to be an ornery punk. This iconoclastic insanity has to stop somewhere.

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#1 Comment By missh On August 23, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

You probably grew up hearing the same things about Lee that I did: that he was a great and honorable man who was torn between his loyalty to his state and his country, that he was humane and decent.

I never heard that he was the one who broke the Custis-Lee tradition of not breaking up slave families, and broke up every family on his plantation but one. I also never heard that he had left written instructions as to how to whip his slaves. And on and on. And really, no one when I was growing up ever mentioned the fact that he was actually lucky not to hang. As I read somewhere a while back, when the Founding Fathers pledged their lives and their sacred honor to the Revolution, they were being literal, because they knew they’d hang if they lost. Lee was actually treated very well under the circumstances.

And the beliefs with which I grew up were consistent with a world-view that a lot of southerners had at the time: that in the Civil War, the great drama involved white people, and African Americans were the supporting cast, with mostly bit parts. Keeping Confederate monuments – which are not just historical artifacts, but are collective statements of reverence and appreciation, after all – is just one more way to say that this is how the South still views the Civil War. That shouldn’t be acceptable.

And off the subject of Lee, something always strikes me when I read posts such as this, when you comment about the joy that you’d get out of spiting liberals and making them angry. (I had to stop visiting this blog for a few months after the election because you would not stop saying that the one thing that pleased you about the outcome was that liberals, that is, people exactly like me, were upset. I had to ask myself why I was giving you the clicks.) Over time, you give the impression of someone who doesn’t just disagree with liberals; you seem to despise them. I find it bewildering.

#2 Comment By JonF On August 23, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

Re: Honestly, this is beyond ridiculous. Yesterday I saw where some harebrained “activist” wants all Marylanders to know that their beloved flag is actually a symbol of “racism and the Confederacy” despite the Maryland Historical Society stating the design predates the Confederacy by two centuries.

I’ve been trying to figure that one out. Why would anyone look at the Maryland flag and see anything remotely liked to the Confederacy in it? There’s no St Andrews cross. And the colors are very different. The flag makes me think of fusty old English heraldry and, incongruously perhaps, the Indie 500.

#3 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On August 23, 2017 @ 7:13 pm

Maryland’s problem is not with its state flag, but its state anthem. It was adopted by the legislature circa 1900, during the most virulently racist period of our history, north and south, and the legislature deliberately picked an anthem that was literally treason when it was written, calling on the state to join the confederacy.

But emotive activists may easily get their wires crossed and get things all mixed up.

Had he won the war tens of millions of our fine citizens would now be slaves.

Had he won the war, it would have been because the confederacy enlisted large number of black soldiers, necessarily in the context of a program of emancipation. Lee was for it, but the confederate government and the officer corps felt that “our whole rebellion is based on the inferiority of the Negro. If we make soldiers of them, we conceded the question.” I’m not resolutely opposed to taking down Lee’s statues, I’m definitely in favor of removing honors for most of the confederate officer corps… but there ARE some nuances about Robert E. Lee. Some.

I had to stop visiting this blog for a few months after the election because you would not stop saying that the one thing that pleased you about the outcome was that liberals, that is, people exactly like me, were upset.

Oh, I felt the same was Rod did. The country didn’t deserve Trump, but Hillary Clinton and her acolytes deserved to lose.

#4 Comment By Glaivester On August 23, 2017 @ 9:37 pm

“It had nothing to do with him being Asian.”

Yeah, no one thought it did. People just pointed out that he was Asian because it seems to negate any idea that he was named to honor the Confederate General.

#5 Comment By Brainiac On September 14, 2017 @ 1:51 pm

Apparently ESPN thinks its viewers are so stupid that they can’t discern for themselves.

ESPN has gotten so politically correct that it can’t get out of the way of itself.