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Anatomy of a (Fake) Culture War Dust-Up: ESPN/Robert Lee Edition


So here’s what happened.  ESPN is airing UVA’s first football game of the season this Saturday and had scheduled one of their employees named … wait for it … Robert Lee, to call the game.  Lee, who is Asian-American, had been scheduled for that game before the violence in Charlottesville earlier this month.  On Tuesday, however, ESPN executives decided it was prudent to move him to another game.

And then the Right blew up.

How can this be, they asked?  How can those wimps at ESPN cow-tow to the soft-bellied liberals who are offended by everything?

“It’s ridiculous! It’s PC run amok!” said one FOX News commentator.

“The Democratic Party and the liberals and socialists in this country are actually taking the heart out of our community,” said another FOX guest.

Oh, the outrage!

Even former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee got in on the act tweeting sarcastically, “ESPN will not broadcast games of any kind from Jackson, MS for fear it might honor Stonewall or Andrew Jackson and trigger someone.”

So let me get this straight: The Right is outraged and offended by the Left because they perceive the Left to be too easily offended.  Got it!

Except … the Left doesn’t give a shit if a guy named Robert Lee called the game in Charlottesville or not.

In fact, ESPN wasn’t even concerned that Lee would offend anyone. What concerned ESPN was that they’d look like dopes if Lee called the game.  As soon as Lee’s name was shown on the TV screen, someone out there would post a snap-shot of it and it would trend wildly throughout the afternoon.  It would just be a coincidence that Lee called the game but ESPN would still look foolish as memes of Lee in Charlottesville swept the internet.  At the very least they’d have to issue a statement explaining that is was a coincidence and not intentional. Why risk any chance of ridicule for a second-rate announcer (no offense) calling a third-rate game?  ESPN tried to do the right thing but it had nothing to do with fearing the wrath of angry, PC obsessed liberals.

But none of this seems to matter to the Right.  Who needs facts interfering with a healthy dose of outrage!

The only thing more ironic than Robert Lee being scheduled to call the first game in Charlottesville is the over-sensitive Right worked into a froth about the Left’s over-sensitivity – which in this particular case, isn’t even real.

So get your facts straight on the Right.  And for God’s sake, quit being such wimps.


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