ESPN is at the center of yet another controversy this week, as the network was received backlash after they decided to pull an Asian announcer from hosting a college football game because they were concerned that his name, which is Robert Lee, would trigger some viewers after the protests in Charlottesville.
The outcry started after Outkick the Coverage broke a story revealing that ESPN made the decision to pull Robert Lee from his planned sports broadcast due to the name he was born with resembling a Confederate general’s name.
In a story that seems made for The Onion, but is actually true, according to multiple Outkick fans inside ESPN MSESPN decided to pull an Asian college football announcer named Robert Lee off the William and Mary at University of Virginia college football game because they were concerned that having an ASIAN FOOTBALL ANNOUNCER NAMED ROBERT LEE would be offensive to some viewers.
Did I mention that Robert Lee is Asian?
Is this even real life anymore? This might even be worse than MSESPN apologizing for the fantasy football slave draft a couple of weeks ago.
To avoid offending left wing idiots Robert Lee, the Asian college football announcer, not the Confederate General who died in 1870 and shares a name with him, was switched to the Youngstown State at Pittsburgh game and Dave Weekley will now call the William and Mary at University of Virginia game.
After witnessing the violence surrounding the protest groups in Charlottesville, which all started when a protest event called “Unite the Right” received a valid permit to protest the removal of a historical Robert E. Lee statue, ESPN along with numerous other leftist organizations have been frantic in their support of the alt-left groups calling for removal of any historical monuments that are deemed “offensive”.
However, removing an Asian sportscaster from his planned broadcast because he happens to be named Robert Lee out of fear over a mass triggering event was a step too far, even for a hardcore leftist network such as ESPN.
Twitter exploded with criticism of ESPN after this story broke, mocking their comparison of Robert Lee to a Confederate general who fought during the Civil War in the 1800s.
— Joni (@jonifabulous) August 23, 2017
1. Punishing an Asian-American for his last name out of fear of racism.#RobertLee
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 23, 2017
Perhaps the best tweet in response to ESPN’s hysteria was a black and white picture of Robert E. Lee with Robert Lee’s face on him, portraying the ridiculousness of the network’s decision.
— John Davis (@TheFoundingSon) August 23, 2017
ESPN issued another statement today surrounding their decision to pull Robert Lee from his broadcast, claiming their intention was to avoid “social media hectoring and trolling”. Judging by the response on social media to their decision to pull Robert Lee, however, it appears their original plan has backfired horribly.
New: internal memo from ESPN prez John Skipper about the Robert Lee decision pic.twitter.com/3yFk4hbDRb
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 24, 2017
“Given the amount of media attention being generated by on of the countless, routine decisions our local production teams make every day, I wanted to make sure you have the facts. There was never any concern – by anyone, at any level – that Robert Lee’s name would offend anyone watching the Charlottesville game.
Among our Charlotte production staff there was a question as to whether – in these divisive times — Robert’s assignment might create a distraction, or even worse, expose him to social media hectoring and trolling. Since Robert was their primary concern, they consulted with him directly. He expressed some personal trepidation about the assignment and, when offered the chance to do the Youngstown State / Pitt game instead, opted for that game — in part because he lives in Albany and would be able to get home to his family on Saturday evening.
I’m disappointed that the good intentions of our Charlotte colleagues have been intentionally hijacked by someone with a personal agenda, and sincerely appreciate Robert’s personal input and professionalism throughout this episode.”
Despite ESPN claiming that Robert Lee initiated the concern over his planned broadcast, ESPN’s initial statement on this issue indicated they indeed decided to switch games “simply because of the coincidence of his name”.
“We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.”
In other words, since the broadcaster’s name matched a deceased Confederate general’s name, and one whose statues are currently a target of the alt-left’s hatred of history they find offensive, ESPN decided to remove him out of fear of being attacked by the same “tolerant” leftist that they support.
The alt-left protesters can be fickle, and every broadcast network or organization who is in their good graces today are just one “micro-aggression” away from incurring the wrath of offended leftists. It’s no secret that ESPN has politicized their network in recent years, deciding to firmly uphold a social justice agenda at the expense of effective sports coverage, yet even they must live in fear of offending someone on the left.
I can’t help compare the recent hysteria over historical statues and images of “white racists” everywhere to the Salem witch hunts of old. I imagine the Salem townsfolk falling prey to hysteria and quickly pointing at a fellow member of their community while yelling “witch”, eager to join the cult-like mentality rather than being the target of it. Today, the accusation of being a witch has been replaced with the fear of being branded a racist, which carries the equal fate of being a social outcast, losing your job and being the target of violent alt-left protesters.
Thankfully, no one is being burnt at the stake, but considering the mounting hysteria over historical monuments, I fear the alt-left mobs are only a few steps away from lynching anyone they brand a Nazi. Actually, some might already be at this point, as just this week an innocent man was stabbed by an “anti-fascist” for having a haircut that he believed made him a neo-Nazi.
You can thank leftist media outlets like CNN and MSNBC for their role in contributing to the mass hysteria, trying their best every day to brand any supports of Donald Trump as “Nazis” in hopes of dehumanizing them, making it easier for their alt-left protesters to attack them with the goal of shamming them into never voting against the establishment again.