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Something Pleasant Happened, For Once: Jeremy Lin Met With Fired ESPN Headline Writer

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Last month, the world imploded (for a little while anyway) when ESPN writer Anthony Frederico penned a headline about Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin with the phrase “chink in the armor.” He said he simply meant that Lin had screwed up his winning streak for the Knicks, but was promptly fired amid cries of racism. Federico said he didn’t realize “chink” was a racist slur, certainly didn’t intend to use it that way, and had used the phrase “chink in the armor” a bunch of other times when referring to non-Asian players messing up their game. If you missed the giant-ass kerfluffle in the media, you must have been in a coma.  

This Tuesday, Jeremy Lin took Frederico out to lunch to chat. ”It went incredible,” Federico told Newsday. “The fact that he took the time to meet with me in his insanely busy schedule … He’s just a wonderful, humble person. He didn’t have to do that, especially after everything had kind of died down for the most part.” Keep reading »

xoJane Blogger Defends ESPN Journalist Fired Over Racist Jeremy Lin Headline

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Earlier this week, xoJane’s sports blogger Daisy Barringer wrote a piece called “Do We Really Think That ESPN Headline Was Intentionally Racist?” In it, Daisy argued that the ESPN headline writer who penned the “Chink In The Armor” headline — after the Knicks lost on Saturday night — might have made an honest mistake when he used a racial slur for Asian-Americans in a story about the player Jeremy Lin. The writer, Anthony Frederico, has since been fired from ESPN;  he maintains that he didn’t know “chink” was a racist slur and the incident was completely unintentional. He also has used the phrase “chink in the armor” in other headlines before when he wasn’t referring to Asian-Americans, suggesting that’s just a phrase he likes to use in headlines. So, Daisy gives him the benefit of the doubt because she claims she didn’t know until well into her 20s that “chink” was a racist slur, either. 

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Today’s Lady News: ESPN Dude Fired For Calling Colleague “Sweet Baby” To Sue

  • Ron Franklin, the ESPN announcer who was fired for calling his female co-worker, Jeannine Edwards, “sweet baby” and an “a**hole,” is suing his former employer. He has a right to be sexist, damn it! [New York Daily News]
  • The #1 movie I wanna see out of Sundance? “Miss Representation,” a documentary about how women are represented by the media. [L.A. Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Naomi Wolf Says Sex-Crime Accusers Deserve To Be Named

  • Naomi Wolf (author of, among other things, The Beauty Myth) has really taken her Julian Assange defense to a whole new level. In an op-ed for the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, Wolf says that not only should the women accusing Assange of rape be named in the press, but rape accusers in general shouldn’t be granted anonymity. She says that the practice of “shielding rape accusers is a relic of the Victorian era” and that “the outcomes harm women.” [Guardian U.K.]
  • ESPN has fired Ron Franklin, the announcer who berated a female colleague and called her “sweet baby” and an “a-hole.” [ESPN]
  • Nancy Pelosi handed over her gavel to new Speaker of the House John Boehner, who was officially elected today. [Huffington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: A Horse Is Not A Woman, espnW

  • So ESPN has this new site for women, right? And espnW ran an end-of-year news roundup called “The 10 Biggest Stories In Women’s Sports,” right? And #4 on that list was about a female horse. Yes, a horse. A horse ridden by a male jockey, too. How do we feel about that? And did anyone consider that including a horse in a list of great moments of women’s sports might be perceived as offensive? [Guardian UK]
  • Inspired by my post yesterday on BJs-while-sleeping, Crushable has tips on how to “sleep sex” your mate so it’s pleasantly surprising, not creepily violating. [Crushable]
  • Kathryn Gray of New Brunswick, Canada, age 10, became the youngest person to discover a supernova (an exploding star). When I was 10 years old I think I still picked my nose. [CNN]

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ESPN Announcer Off Air After Calling Female Colleague “Sweetcakes”

ESPN football announcer Ron Franklin was not allowed on-air this weekend after he allegedly called a female colleague, Jeannine Edwards, “sweetcakes” and then an “a-hole.”

Franklin, 68, supposedly made the sexist comments in a production meeting on Friday. Edwards reportedly tried to butt in on a conversation he was having with another announcer, so he shut her down and called her “sweetcakes.” When she told him that language was unacceptable, he replied “Okay then, a**hole.”

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