We wrote early this morning, "You know what Louis CK says about the 'N-Word?'" in response to today's Phil Mushnick column in the NY Post. Phil wrote:
As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?
Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!
You responded, heatedly.
Joe Lucia, Awful Announcing: "Phil Mushnick had an awful comment in his column today."
Anthony Ramsey, Los that Sports: "NY Post writer publishes racist article about Jay-Z and Brooklyn Nets."
Unsigned, Huffington Post: "Phil Mushnick, NY Post Writer, Says Brooklyn Nets Should Be Called 'New York N-----s' Because Of Jay-Z Involvement"
Joe Coscarelli, NY Mag: "New York Post Columnist Goes Full-Racist on Jay-Z’s Brooklyn Nets"
Sarah Devlin, SportsGrid: New York Post Columnist Suggests Brooklyn Nets Rename Themselves “New York N______s”
Rick Chandler, Off the Bench: "NY Post columnist goes off the rails on Jay-Z: ‘Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s?’"
1010 WINS' Marc Ernay tweeted: "the guy's referring to jay-z's lyrics, not being racist #whydontpeoplereadanymore"
Deadspin's Drew Magary tweeted: "I agree with Phil Mushnick's hating ESPN policy, but not his BLACK UNIS ARE FOR THUGGY THUGS policy."
After a brief conversation with Phil in which he indicated that he had not heard any of the internet response, he emailed Bob. Email follows:
Bob - Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common. I don't call black men the N-word; I don't regard young women as bitches and whores; I don't glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand.....Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call black men N---ers?"Well, there you go. We've been told that NY Post editors did not have any issue with the topic. When asked if they said anything after he had submitted it, Phil responded, "No."
Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I'M the racist? Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about.
(Same column I provide support for Amar'e Stoudemire at a time when everyone in town is ripping him to shreds. That was my LEAD, too, but what does that matter?)
Later in the Mushnick replied to an email from the Village Voice: ""James [King] - did you actually read what I wrote and what I've been writing for 30 years? I don't call black men niggas; my kids never heard the word until folks such as Jay-Z came along. I'd suggest you talk to him about it. What I wrote today was on Jay Z's artistry, and only the wishful and foolish would so badly misinterpret and mischaracterize it as you plan to do. Thanks - mushnick."
Related: Think the NY Post's Phil Mushnick is a grumpy SOB? No, he's just an SOB.
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