Accent is a big deal.
It’s one thing for a Filipino to make fun of it.
But it’s quite another for Jamie Foxx to do it on national television. Take a look at this video of ESPN’s “First Take.”
Funny or racial slur?
No different than the non-written rules for the use of “N” word by non-blacks.
If you’re not Filipino, it’s a slur.
Given how politically correct ESPN has been on making fun of accents and racial remarks (remember the “chink in the armour” references regarding Jeremy Lin?),I don’t know how they could allow this on their air.
And there’s the super self-righteous Stephen A. Smith yucking it up.
He’s been suspended for insensitive remarks. Bill Simmons has too.
And yet on the day before the big fight, there’s this on ESPN?
That’s an outrage, folks.
Shows no respect for Pacquiao, the 90 million people of the Philippines, or the 3.4 million Filipinos in America.
Let’s see if ESPN at least takes producers to task for their judgment. And let’s see if Foxx continues to mock Manny and all Filipinos by continuing to do his shtick.
An apology is in order.
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