Memo to Racists: Get New Jokes.

Sergio Garcia’s feud with Tiger Woods has taken a disturbing turn, earning Garcia a place beside Bubba Watson in the Pro Golfer Bigot Brigade.  While Bubba at least has his religion as a (bad) excuse for his homophobia, all Garcia has is an ancient stereotypical joke that was never funny to begin with.  Why just serve fried chicken, Sergio?  How about some watermelon and some collard greens?  From Golfchannel.com:

Garcia was on stage with the rest of the victorious 2012 European Ryder Cup team when he was asked by Golf Channel’s Steve Sands, who was emceeing the event, whether he would invite Woods over for dinner at the U.S. Open next month.

The Spaniard replied, according to The Guardian: “We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”

I will now pause for about 2 minutes, to give you all a chance to stop laughing and wipe the coffee off of your monitors.

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All finished?  K.  While making racist comments about your competitors is never a good idea, Sergio’s decision to do so in a sport that has historically been so white you could mistake it for a Klan rally really calls his judgement into question.  Of course, it didn’t take long for Garcia to apologize.  Forgive me for not feeling an apology made possibly to save endorsement dollars is all that sincere.

Garcia soon apologized for the off-color comment, saying in a statement: “I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during the European Tour Players’ Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”

Bullshit.  Of course the comment was meant in a racist manner.  You made a comment about a black man and fried chicken.  That is the fucking definition of a comment meant in a racist manner.

 

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2 thoughts on “Memo to Racists: Get New Jokes.

  1. I’m latin-american (costarican in fact). In my country we eat fried chicken normally, because is cheaper. If not by a post like this, I’d make that mistake. Garcia is a spaniard, how much he knows about american racist stereotypes? The spanish sports’ journal Marca interpret that like a mistake by ignorance, but a commenter does’nt accept that, because Garcia lives in the Unites States…

    • I would be more than willing to give Sergio the benefit of the doubt in this if the exact same stereotypical “joke” wouldn’t have been aimed at Tiger by Fuzzy Zoeller 16 years ago. Also, since Sergio admitted he was trying to make a funny dig at Tiger when he said it, and that he was immediately sick in his stomach as soon as the words escaped his lips, I think it is pretty clear that he realized the racist connotations of his remarks.

      That being said, while I am of the opinion that Sergio’s apology was more of an attempt to save his endorsement deals than a sincere apology to Tiger, I don’t consider Sergio a racist. I think he is an idiot who crossed the line in a petty feud with a competitor, but I don’t think he hates black people. I think he hates Tiger Woods, and would be willing to use anything, be it race or sex addiction to get in a jab at Woods.

      The comment is unacceptable not because I think Sergio is a bigot, but because the comment reenforces a racist stereotype and tacitly endorses the casual racism that is still a very real problem in the United States, let alone in the almost completely snow white world of golf.

      Comparatively speaking, I think Bubba Watson’s comments regarding NBA player Jason Collins homosexuality are much worse, because I believe that Bubba’s actually is a bigot. But since Bubba can use his religion as a reason for his homophobia, he largely gets a pass.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope you stick around.

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