Man, ESPN continues to have problems with their content creators. First, they had a White guy who said “chink” with commentary on Jeremy Lin, before having a guy who wrote the same thing in a headline. Then they called a Korean guy a “gook.” Now they’ve reached the lowest of the lows: an Asian American guy named Lynn Hoppes who is implying that we should all laugh at Jason Whitlock’s tweet and stop cheering for Jeremy based on ethnicity: Stop the Linsanity insanity. Hoppes says that he himself laughed at the racist tweet, and that people should stop assuming that Asian Americans are crazy about the Linsanity.
I was born in Vietnam to a Chinese woman and a U.S. military police officer and have lived most of my life in the United States.
I don’t know how to use chopsticks. I don’t know any Chinese words. I can’t tell the difference between Korean, Chinese or Japanese — when it comes to the spoken word, the written word or physical appearance.
In other words, he’s stupid, ignorant, and proud of it. How ridiculous is this? A “senior director” at ESPN who is Asian, doesn’t know how to use chopsticks, and can’t even tell the difference between hangul and Chinese. And we’re supposed to listen to anything he has to say about race…why? He’s basically bragging about how unworldly and closed-minded he is, lacking knowledge that most Americans, Asian or not, take for granted.
Check out the video above. Man, how embarrassing! It’s basically two white guys and a black guy trying to talk some sense into this Chinese ignoramus, trying to teach him to have some self-respect. For thirteen minutes, the words fall on completely deaf ears. After watching the first few minutes, I stopped thinking he was ignorant and started thinking he was just being a douchebag.
Hoppes, dude, it’s the 21st century. You should’ve gotten over that in third grade. Just because you approve people treating Asians like doormats doesn’t mean the rest of us like it.