Hey NASCAR fans, did you know that under ESPN’s company policy, it is illegal to suggest that Colombians like Mexican food? Now you do.
According to reports from ESPN, Bob Griese has been suspended from his college football announcing duties for one week. Griese, if you haven’t gathered by now, works for ESPN.
Griese was suspended for making the following comment during Saturday’s Ohio State/Minnesota game. An advertisement was run for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville. The network showed the top 5 drivers in points on the bottom of the screen. Griese’s fellow analyst asked, “Where is [Juan Pablo] Montoya?”
“He’s probably out having a taco.”
How dare he. I mean, first of all, to make fun of Montoya because of his Mexican heritage. That’s just so wro… wait a minute. Montoya isn’t Mexican, he’s Colombian!
Second, I did not know we were living in Nazi Germany and could only say things that are politically correct. Whoa, is this country in trouble! Especially in NASCAR’s roots.
Seriously, is this not a free country anymore? What ever happened to freedom of speech?
So what’s the argument against Griese, here. Is it that what he said wasn’t funny? Because my guess is that more people actually laughed at the comment than were insulted by it to begin with. But I suppose that laughing at the comment is wrong, and that ESPN should suspend myself, along with anyone else who thought it was funny, from watching their football games. That’ll teach us.
What else? Is it that Griese’s comment was racist? Alright, let me ask you this. If Griese is asked, “Where’s Junior?” and Griese responds, “He’s probably out having grits,” is that racist against white southerners? Or if he’s asked, “Where’s Biffle?” and he responds, “He’s probably out having an apple,” is that racist against white northwesterners? What’s the difference between him saying that Montoya’s out having a taco, and Biffle’s out having an apple?
If the answer is that Montoya is Mexican, you might want to check your facts on the Colombian driver. If the answer is that Montoya is Colombian, perhaps you ought to take a look in the mirror and see who the real racist is.
I understand that you can’t go making vulgar remarks about people, especially on national television. But for Pete’s sake, people. It was a joke. It wasn’t a dig or an insult. It wasn’t a vulgar comment. It was a freaking joke.
I have one more thing to say, and then I will open up the comment wall. NASCAR has been labeled by many, for years, as a hillbilly sport. While that may predominantly be true, making fun of NASCAR fans because of our culture is no different than Griese making fun of Montoya because of his.
Know that before you call Griese out.