N.Y. Post's Mushnick Taking Heat For Racist Comment About Jay-Z, NetsPublished May 7, 2012
NO WAY AROUND SOUNDING RACIST: AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Joe Lucia wrote, "These are some of the most outlandish, obnoxious, reprehensible words you'll ever see written by a columnist. This is just flat out racist commentary" (AWFULANNOUNCING.com, 5/4). NEW YORK magazine's Joe Coscarelli wrote Mushnick's article was a "horribly racist assessment" of the team's new logo (NYMAG.com, 5/4). Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said if the comments “were meant seriously, it was inappropriate." Paige: "If it was meant with humor, there was no humor in it. ... I have a problem with using words and trying to mask them the way he did in the column” ("Around The Horn," 5/4). ESPN's Bonnie Bernstein wrote, "This blatantly racist nonsense abt #Nets/Jay-Z by NY Post's Phil Mushnick has rendered me speechless." ESPN.com's Roy S. Johnson wrote, "No doubt @nypost sportswrtr Phil Mushnick should be fired for this… So should all the ig'nant editors who signed off" (TWITTER.com, 5/4). BLACK SPORTS ONLINE's Robert Littal wrote Mushnick "should be fired immediately. ... I don't know if he is racist, but that is one of the most racist pieces I have seen published ever" (BLACKSPORTSONLINE.com, 5/4).
FALLING INTO OLD STEREOTYPES: THINK PROGRESS' Alyssa Rosenberg wrote, "You know what is racist? Reducing a successful businessman with multiple investments to a crude, thuggish stereotype based on absolutely no evidence" (THINKPROGRESS.org, 5/4). ESPN.com's Jemele Hill said of Mushnick, "He has no understanding for who Jay-Z is, what he’s about or the man that he is now. He went to a cheap, convenient, strawman argument to make a tired point that’s unfortunately too often made about hip-hop.” SB Nation's Bomani Jones said Mushnick “has a larger agenda about rap music and the images and how they tie into sports." Jones: "This isn’t the first time he’s gone into this territory. ... We don’t think kind of scrutiny to people who do movies that have violent and problematic images in them. We only do this with rap music, and that’s what stands out to me” ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 5/4).
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