Universally, there are certain words that you just don’t use to describe a particular nationality of people. I think I learned most of these “no-no” words back in elementary school. We all know them… or at least I thought we did. It would appear that ESPN didn’t get that memo.
New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin was sadly referred to as the “chink in the armor” after his 9 turnovers cost the Knicks a win against the Hornets. [*Palm slap to forehead] The crazy title was posted on ESPN’s mobile site for about a half hour early this past Saturday morning before it was taken down.
I’m assuming the writer thought that he was being clever with his play on words, but I guess his common sense never kicked in. The writer, Anthony Federico, was subsequently fired and has since apologized saying:
“This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny. I’m so sorry that I offended people. I’m so sorry if I offended Jeremy.”
He went on to say that he had used the phrase hundreds of times before and had never caused offense.
Um, ignorance isn’t an excuse buddy, and saying that you’ve used the phrase before makes things even worse.
ESPN should have processes in place to catch potentially insensitive remarks such as these before they hit the public. With that being said, we’re going to do things a little different this week – For your apparent neglect and disregard, ESPN, we crown you our NON Role Model Network of the Week.
Hey everyone! This is Nicole coming back at you with your Celebrity Role Model for the Week!
First and foremost, I have to pay my respects to Whitney Houston. No, she wasn’t necessarily an icon amongst my generation, but I can remember being at my best friend’s house in the eighth grade trying to get over my “puppy love” break up listening to Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” on repeat throughout the night. That song helped me get through.
We all have our past, but a good soul is a good soul, and a good soulful voice is unmistakable. Rest peacefully Ms. Houston.
But on to our role model…
Through sadness comes strength. Two people that have proven that recently are Ms. Heidi Klum and her soon to be ex-husband Seal. Some of you may remember Heidi and Seal being crowned our Celebrity Role Model ‘Couple’ of the Week a few weeks back. As we all know, our role model couple has unfortunately decided to call it quits and have recently been heard saying that a reconciliation is highly unlikely.
They seemed to have been the perfect couple. They seemed to have overcome the limelight as well as beaten statistics. In post break up interviews Seal was quoted saying,
“You try and you work through it and the thing you quickly realize is you’re a parent and you’re doing the best that you can.”
He goes on to talk about the great woman that he married and their four incredible gifts. In interviews that Heidi has done, her responses about the divorce and her feelings on Seal are the same.
For handling a tough situation like divorce with such grace and humility (so far), we crown you both now – not as a couple – but as individuals, our Celebrity Role Model(s) of the Week.
Tune in next week for more celebrities you love… and love to hate.