November 17, 2008, - 10:18 am
By Debbie Schlussel
On Friday, I told you about ESPN’s racist, bigoted casting call for a commercial depicting various ethnicities on college campuses.
But apparently, the bigotry of his own employer was lost on ESPN prettyboy Chris Fowler. The “College Game Day” broadcaster announced to viewers that if you didn’t vote for Barack Obama, you won’t hire a Black coach. In other words, if you didn’t vote for Obama, you’re a racist.
I’ve gotten a number of letters from rightfully upset ESPN “Game Day” viewers, who want to watch football, not hear the inane Fowler’s political views and racism litmus tests. That includes reader David:
Look Who’s Calling You a Racist . . .
Chris Fowler opened his mouth only to insert his foot.
During College Gameday this past Saturday he stated if you didn’t vote for Obama then you likely wouldn’t hire a black guy as a head coach.
So in other words… if you didn’t vote for Obama… chances are you are a racist. Ideology be damned – skin color should decide your vote/choices, right?
Almost a new low for ESPN. Right up there with sending Jeremy Schaap up to Iceland to goad [DS: the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel nutjob] Bobby Fisher into saying something crazy, and then calling it news. Fowler should be made to apologize, but he won’t be.
Commenter “scottinoc” wrote on Free Republic:
On the discussion of why there aren’t “enough” African American coaches in college football, Chris Fowler discussed the lure of big money NFL contracts for black assistant coaches, etc, then the discussion naturally gravitated to the racism angle, “behind the scenes”.
“Among those behind-the-scenes financial backers of big universities, there may not be…you know…that many people who voted for Obama…”
Sheesh, now I can’t even watch ESPN college football gameday without being told that I’m racist for not voting for Obama.
Thanks, Chris. Look in the mirror. And look at your own network and their bigoted casting call for a commercial for your own show.
Oh, and by the way, the real racists are the ones–like Jesse Jackson–who constantly complain that there aren’t enough collegiate Black coaches, but look the other way on the obvious disparity on the field, where 75%–plus of the players are Black, and 77%-plus of the players on scholarship are Black. Yes, the real racists are the ones who set quotas and affirmative action requirements for hiring and promotions in coaching.
But don’t hold your breath for Chris Fowler to give both sides and comment on that.
Complain to ESPN, and let the network know that Chris Fowler’s politics have no place in college football broadcasts.
Oh, and by the way, don’t expect a “Fairness Doctrine” to balance this kind of stuff out.
I looked for YouTube video of Chris Fowler to find anything of substance. While there were many videos of Fowler spewing forth hot air, the only videos of any entertainment value were those depicting Chris Fowler juggling. But it’s a different Chris Fowler. Well, at least one Chris Fowler has talent. And it’s not the one who called 55 million-plus Americans “racist”: