Fired ESPN Headline Writer Swears He Wasn't Making a Chinese Joke

When we first saw the ESPN headline "Chink in the Armor," which was appended to an online story about an off night by obscure Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin, we thought, "Wow, that is super racist and not smart." But after reading the now-fired headline writer, Anthony Frederico, explain himself , we're more willing to believe it was ... (more) Full Story
Moliner

El Centro, CA

#1 Feb 20, 2012
This definition from The Hindu:

What is the meaning and origin of ‘chink in the armour’?

This is an expression that has been part of the English language for over 600 years. When you say that someone has a chink in his armour, what you mean is that the person has a minor fault which is likely to cause him problems. In other words, the person has a flaw which can be taken advantage of by other people.

Stupid PC BS has people set to take offense at the drop of any word.
Mizz BizzyBody

Rochester, NY

#3 Feb 20, 2012
Well, he got fired, so they Nipped it in the bud.

Duh! Linning !!
fungirlinluv

Lowell, MA

#4 Feb 20, 2012
Moliner wrote:
This definition from The Hindu:
What is the meaning and origin of ‘chink in the armour’?
This is an expression that has been part of the English language for over 600 years. When you say that someone has a chink in his armour, what you mean is that the person has a minor fault which is likely to cause him problems. In other words, the person has a flaw which can be taken advantage of by other people.
Stupid PC BS has people set to take offense at the drop of any word.
not up for debate: "chink in the armor" is a legitimate phrase.

not up for debate: "chink" is racist term.

thus, when you use the phrase "chink in the armor" and the "chink" actually refers to a Chinese person - there is a problem.

The length of time a phrase has been in the English language is irrelevant. I can think of plenty of racist and not acceptable words that have been a part of the English language for hundreds of years.
elmer boon

Stillwater, MN

#5 Feb 20, 2012
Just another pervert sports fan
Moliner

El Centro, CA

#6 Feb 20, 2012
fungirlinluv wrote:
<quoted text>
not up for debate: "chink in the armor" is a legitimate phrase.
not up for debate: "chink" is racist term.
thus, when you use the phrase "chink in the armor" and the "chink" actually refers to a Chinese person - there is a problem.
The length of time a phrase has been in the English language is irrelevant. I can think of plenty of racist and not acceptable words that have been a part of the English language for hundreds of years.
That's just too stupid to argue.
fungirlinluv

Hingham, MA

#7 Feb 21, 2012
Moliner wrote:
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That's just too stupid to argue.
huh? you're too stupid to argue? or the irrelevancy of the length of time a phrase is in the English language?

why don't you give it a shot if you're so smart?

“Take no prisoners”

Since: Jan 11

Eddyville, KY

#9 Feb 21, 2012
fungirlinluv wrote:
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huh? you're too stupid to argue? or the irrelevancy of the length of time a phrase is in the English language?
why don't you give it a shot if you're so smart?
I don't think he's so smart...LOL

The dumbass deserved to be fired.
White Straight_Shooter

Rochester, NY

#10 Mar 2, 2012
I'm guessing he won't be getting a Linterview soon

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