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Emil Amok! More shows coming….

Hey Amoks!

I am amok in Honolulu doing some private shows, but coming back with more versions of my Amok monologues soon.

In the meantime, you know I haven’t been silent.

Catch my columns on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog… 

And on my  @emilamok Twitter feed on this page!

And listen to me on the PETA Podcast.

Crazy times, ripe for Amok!

Impeachment notes:

–Gordon Sondland should have been on that bus with Trump, not Billy Bush. That would have made quite a tape.

— Best witnesses? Loved Lt. Col. Vindman’s uniform. But Dr. Fiona Hill made the hearings seem like “Masterpiece Impeachment.”

–Devin Nunes has no clothes.

–Ask Jim Jordan why he couldn’t get so worked up about pedophilia and wrestling at Ohio State?

–Don’t lose sight of basic questions; Can a president do what he wants without checks or balances? Is the power of the presidency absolute?  You know what they say about absolute power….

See you on stage soon! 

 

Emil Guillermo: Washington Post’s “C-man” Yao headline only revives spirit of initial Shaq FU transgression

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The Washington Post won’t apologize for that “C-man” headline about Yao Ming it used the other day.

Instead of showing some sensitivity, the Post  preferred to show off the slur in its full glory.

Because, of course, there’s nothing like getting in a second helping of hate rhetoric when you can under the guise of reporting.

Ultimately, editors did change the word.  They just didn’t really  apologize.

But say if the story were about a top black player. Would an editor have used a black ethnic slur now commonly referred to as the “N” word?  Or would they have truncated it or avoided the word choice completely  to accommodate DC’s black readers?

So one must ask,  why don’t Wash Post’s editors respect  its  Asian American readers more than they do?

Putting the word  out there in all its glory legitimizes the slur in a way.  It says,  “It’s OK, we saw it in the Post. ”

Even the original culprit, Shaquille O’Neal offered an apology. If you want to read about the incident check out this link to my 2011 post which includes a link to my original 2003 article that talks about how Shaq’s Yao FU began.

Incidentally, even Steve Kerr, the Golden State  Warriors coach, was involved in a slur incident involving Yao.

Kerr was a TV commentator at the time,  and has since apologized.

But that’s how little respect Asian Americans had in 2003.

And even now,  apparently.

And  as much as I am a Golden State Warrior fan, and hope they break the record, I must confess I don’t forget the incident whenever I see Kerr,  or even Shaq for that matter,  on TV.

That’s how deep transgressions go.

Apology or no apology, media slurs cut deep

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Linceblog: Tim Lincecum reportedly done for season. Giants too?

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The  Freak in healthier times dangled the ball and had a motion that would turn his whole body into a flame-throwing pitching machine.

But now with his health in question, Tim Lincecum–the best Major League Baseball player ever with Filipino blood– is done for the season, according to multiple reports.

And it could signal the end of his career  as a San Francisco Giant.

Lincecum, 31, a two-time National League Cy Young Award winner for being the best pitcher in the game, four-time All-Star, and a three-time World Series Champion, is being shutdown for the rest season, San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans told the Chronicle.

Lincecum has been recovering from a hip injury and sought medical treatment on Wednesday to see if surgery may be required.

I saw Lincecum last week and tried to talk to him, but with headphones on, he was riding a white motorized rover-style scooter and zipped away.

Lincecum will be a free agent in 2016 and is likely to have pitched his last inning as a Giant.

That would be hard to fathom for faithful Filipino American fans, and others, who looked on Lincecum as their special Giants hero.

Picked tenth overall in the 2006 draft, Lincecum has been the face of the franchise for much of his nine seasons and compiled a 108-83 record, with a 3.61 ERA.

The Giants are known to reward their heroes for past efforts. But Lincecum this year is being paid $18 million.

Once his health is right, Lincecum may want to test the free-agent market, but it’s unlikely he’ll command from other teams whatever the Giants might offer him to keep the fan-base happy.

Then again, the Giants got rid of Mays and brought him back. Baseball is strange that way. I could envision Lincecum trying Seattle, his home base, and a new league.

And then coming back to the Giants at the end.

But the most important thing now is his health. His hips were good enough for the motorized monorover. But just not ready for an MLB playoff drive.

Do they have Tommy John surgery for a pitcher’s hips?

As for the Giants, they may not be good enough for a last minute playoff drive. Three one-run defeats in a row to the Dodgers made for great baseball, but were heartbreaking.

The three games embodied the frustration of an entire season.  The Giants didn’t catch many breaks in the LA series and ended up falling just short. That could be the way the season ends, unless the disabled list clears and the Giants can muster one major push in September. The Giants with the second Wild Card last year have always been masters in “Just In Time.”

There may still be time. But they’ll need some luck too.

Emil Guillermo: Linsanity? That was his last contract for $30 million, Jeremy Lin, the Harvard baller, has a saner deal in Charlotte.

Jeremy Lin is probably happy to get out of LA and heading South. –to Charlotte.

I think he’ll have a breakthrough year,  playing for the love of the game again.

He’s a cultural hero, but he’s also still a good NBA player. In Charlotte, he’ll get a chance.

Read my NBCnews.com piece on Jeremy here.

I also see my latest column here: www.aaldef.org/blog