Thursday, February 16, 2006

An interesting

HBO's Gumbel: Lack of Blacks Makes Olympics 'Look Like a GOP Convention'
Posted by Dave Pierre on February 16, 2006 - 00:58.

There were some eye-opening remarks from Bryant Gumbel on the most recent episode of HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. According to a transcript posted by a television columnist named Seth Frelich, Gumbel said the following in his closing monologue last week (emphasis mine):

"Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don't care about them and won't watch them ... Because they are so trying ... Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the World's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something's not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what's called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won ... So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they're done, when we can move on to March Madness for God's sake, let the games begin."

Gumbel's remarks have been followed by many angry posts at HBO's Real Sports Bulletin Boards. The story was also picked up at Free Republic, where one poster wrote, "Remember what they did to Rush over the McNabb remark. I will contact HBO."

You'd think these remarks would have received more attention than they have. (Well, maybe not.) It's just hard to imagine a Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity getting a pass on something like this. Don'tcha think?

Can you even believe the audacity of Bryant Gumble? I personally am not interested in the Olympics b/c I have other things going on in my life, but I am certainly not watching for lack of Blacks that made it. Give me a break. I am sure that there were ample opportunities for Blacks to try out for the teams and make it just like any other race who ended up at the Olympics. (AHHHHHH) I also have some clever remarks that I could direct at Mr. Gumble, but in an effort to demonstrate responsibility in freedom of speech, I will save them.

There is NO way the Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity or any other conservative commentator would have gotten away with comments like this...they would have ended up on the front page of the NYT and there is no way that it would have been passed over as just a passing comment. It would have turned into the same media circus that this whole Cheney shooting has! The liberals would have hung them out to dry!

I can't wait for fairness in the media...I actually have a better chance in the Lord returning today...bring it on, then there will be fairness.


Sarah said...

Wow Shyla!!! You are going to make a great First Lady of the United States;)

Shyla said...

Hmmm... I can see it now...First Canadian First Lady of the USA!! The liberals would LOVE that!!

Alicia said...


I appreciate your outrage at the media's usual method of ignoring the world's double standard racism. I wonder if Mr. Gumbel only watches or roots for sports in which the participants are mainly black. Can you IMAGINE if a white person said a similar thing? He'd be lynched by our unthinking hypersensitive society. Hypersensitive about the wrong things . . . TV sitcom actors can swear and use the Lord's name in vain without anyone blinking an eye. Can you believe what's going on in Pakistan right now! The people are rioting because of the Denmark cartoonist's blasphemous portrayal of Mohammed. I saw part of the news last night and the leader of Pakistan said their riots were justified because the cartoon was blasphemy. I certainly don't condone the Pakistani violence but I admire their stand for what is in their eyes a blasphemous act. It's a rebuke to me!

You're right, this world isn't going to get any better before the Lord calls us home. No longer tarry Lord Jesus!


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