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Controversial headline against Jeremy Lin - Racism spewed out ESPN apologizes
Convo with Jeremy Lin
It happens that there was three offensive remarks done toward Jeremy Lin.
- The heated controversial Headline was titled "Chink in the Armor".
- The ESPN reporter was removed from employment.
- The ESPNews Anchor was suspended for 30 days for a separate racial incident.
- The Radio commentator who made a racist remark towards Lin wasn't an ESPN employee.
- An Apology was announced by ESPN for the wrongful acts of the two employees.
Headline at ESPN gone wrong
The National Basketball Association is famous for its attractive allure when it comes to show casing basketball stars of all shades and colors, from all walks of life today. There's lately been a great deal of media publicity, and major noise beginning to fuel up all about a certain player there.
This is actually a hub that will be addressing the topic of editorial writers responsibility, I chose such a topic mainly because of the viewing of a major headline today that went along the lines of this titled, "Linsane Racism!". Now before I get into the facts surrounding such allegations, I will make sure to thoroughly investigate all the details about the case. I believe it was a writer for ESPN, that was charged, and eventfully removed from the company for publishing a racist headline about the latest new NBA player Jeremy Lin.
I will also be dedicating an entire hub about Jeremy Lin soon, and had been planning on generating one in dedication to my love for the game, but this latest news has put it to a halt for now, and I will change gears a bit, and place a bit of emphasis on the responsibility we all have as writers and authors of digital works, so that things like what has occurred there at ESPN most recently, shame on them, won't continue to happen elsewhere on the web.
Even though if the issue wasn't with that of any written works, but instead was a comment made from a ESPN reporter, writers must be aware as well of what they're writing about.
Jeremy Lin a rising Star NBA Player
First off no matter what the media tries to do, they cannot take away from the truest facts of Jeremy Lin's new rise to stardom in the world of basketball, he's achieved in a very short time some major accolades to say the least.
Jeremy is an average looking guy, he's not that tall, he's not that stocky neither, but he shows motivation and drive in everything he does on the court, and it goes to show why he deserves such national attention, and even global phenomenon reactions are just an example of what happens, when a member of a particular race steps into an arena that's filled with less of that one single group of national origin.
Lin is actually the first born Asian American of Chinese decent to become an NBA player in the United States, and this is something of an anomaly I might add, which has become an inspiration like no other in our day and times for the Asian community worldwide. I commend him on his success and development as a respectable NBA Player today. He definitely earned his place thus far, in the ranks amongst his NBA peers.
Due to all this huge popularity over Lin's NBA performance on the court and overall success, as well as the latest controversy in the media, now we all know about his bright young basketball career with his news spreading worldwide, and the "Linocity" or Linsanity, is just getting started. It's not surprising though for him to have achieved such a huge fan following, since he's actually the first of Asian Americans to make it happen as an NBA Player & the fan following has become monumental indeed or in web terms viral. "Lin's gone Viral!"
1st reactions to such news
One Facebook commenter suggested that he shouldn't have been fired, and the Editor of ESPN should have. I think ESPN is responsible for it all in the end, and they should be the ones prosecuted for allowing such activity to have taken place, and to have been produced behind their companies logo, and boundaries.
ESPN is not an individual, its a huge cooperation, and Jeremy Lin has the right to do as he may, in retaliation against ESPN if he deems to do so, which would utterly be an example, for all others to not follow suit. I think many companies will heavily scrutinize their editorial staff, and reporters as to the releasing of any sort of wrongful writings, or audio/video messages against anyone for that matter, especially not just against that of some major star celebrity, or public figure.
Was it a slip up or Publicity Stunt by an ESPN reporter
This ESPN slip up doesn't surprise me at all, because it was something that's been brewing up over the years, from ancient antiquity till today, many walks of life have been slandered, abused, and out right mistreated due to hatred, and unfair behaviors on the part of aggressors whom feel their somewhat superior, but times have definitely changed since than, and to see the remnant of such injustices vent it self off in the most unlikely places such as ESPN and aiming at an NBA player is utterly preposterous.
The ESPN reporter responsible for the wrongful controversial report about Jeremy Lin was fired pretty much, or as they said on the Global Grind network he was let go, which tells me ESPN is trying to protect themselves, what are they to do, well they also stated an apology towards the Lin family, the entire Asian community, and to the world of fans due to this unrighteous deed towards Jeremy Lin.
I will not address the reasoning behind the writers publishing of such racial slurred material, due to the fact that it really doesn't matter why he wrote it, he should have known better, and quite frankly had the audacity to be bold enough to allow its full publishing, and then final release to the public.
What I will address is the fact that many people are counting on the success of NBA player Jeremy Lin to help take down the age old stigmatic sayings, wrongful terms used against people, and much much more about who's who. His fans are in the millions, and I'm sure they're all outraged to known that such stunts are being pulled against him, and just want fairness across the board.
Lets hope that the world can learn a thing or two from, such misuse and abuse of the powers of voice, and writing, and take note that all writers worldwide may receive heavier penalties for doing such things as was done here by that ESPN reporter.
The Editors Responsibility
All writers are responsible for that which they choose to title, subject, and for which they choose to bring to the digital table, the world stage overall as well as the editorial stage of publishing, and authoring. This responsibility isn't to be taken lightly, and this happening on Friday, Feb 17th 2012, has made a huge dent in our industry for all writers, and editors worldwide.
Take not that the scrutiny of our works is paramount to the keeping of our craft as writers, and editors, and if anyone thinks they simply have the write to abuse such a liberty or privilege, they are wrong.
Whomever is going to publish any written material to be viewed by the public, must also be fully prepared for a heavy weighted response, and the overall responsibility lies in the Editorial staff, as well as the upper level management who approves such works, especially when it comes to play in the arena of such huge organizations as ESPN, or any where for that matter, mostly because of their effective reach to the public, and because their voice is extremely powerful when anything is published behind the walls of their confines.