While Yu Darvish Threw a Near-Perfect Game, Twitter Was Calling Him "Jap" and "Chink"

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This Week in Racism ...

Even discounted for his putrid opponent, Yu Darvish pitched one of the best games in Rangers history last night, setting down 26 straight Astros before yielding a grounder up the middle with two outs in the ninth. The performance lit up Twitter, mostly with adulation but also with some Grade A racism.

Let's bask in the ugliness of our fellow man, shall we?

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Ian brings up an excellent point. Some people probably don't realize that Darvish is Japanese and, being racist morons, assume he's Chinese. Let's check in with this special brand of racist.

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This ends today's edition of TWIR notes.

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rain392
rain392

It is a sickening discovery that if you peel back the top layer skin of any right wing Texan, racism will pop out and hit you in the face!  My 45 year old daughter daughter experienced some staring when she was dating an American of Mexican Origin in Austin, of all places!  This is a strange life!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

People on Facebook are kind of lame?  AND have nothing to do.  Take another selfshot fattie. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

People are SO stupid; this guy is pitching a freakin' gem.....shit's moving the best I've seen since Pedro, and we are mired down in this shite? I don't care what color or creed he is; I'm rooting for perfection!  THAT WAS AWESOME.  He is a man. 

jessicalauren11
jessicalauren11

Can I point out that a lot of the people tweeting this shit are kids? What the hell is going on? 

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

No, but all you who live in your fantasy world (white flight suburbs) must come to the realization that the world is racist, not just America. Pointing out the bigotry of the common mouth breather makes no difference. The average suburbanites elevated position on race wouldn't last 6 months in East, West, or South Dallas.

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

I'm not trying to defend all the people here, but I do think some of this is just abbreviated for twitter.

For example, "he'll be speaking in Jap." It's not exactly the smartest abbreviation, but is this really what offends us now? He didn't even say "he'll be talkin Jap talk" or something, he just said he'll be speaking in Japanese, abbreviated. And the period is there, so really you should assume he meant to abbreviate this.

Brittany Villegas
Brittany Villegas

That doesn't make the hand full of Americans making racist comments towards Yu acceptable...

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

JUST IN:  Rutgers' Mens' Basketball coach, Mike Rice, fired for using homophobic and abusive language towards his players.  Tape shows him yelling, "You fucking fairy, you're a fucking faggot!"

Fired.  Good.  Maybe Sports is getting the message.

Alejandro Monjaras
Alejandro Monjaras

The ones that did that, are just attention whores they want their comments to stand out of the thousands. You are giving them what they want. Freaking internet allows people to use these type of comments and hide behind a screen.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Joe, you're better than this Deadspin clone of a post.

notracist
notracist

So will this "reporter" post every time a black athlete post the N word.. and Jap is what they are

notracist
notracist

WOW.. I am shocked to see one of my tweets listed. And by the way, Jap is not racist you idiots.. just like calling someone from America a Yankee

Jordan Roberts
Jordan Roberts

so by that rational, Blake, we can't be above that bullshit? got it.

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

Twitter in a nutshell.


This is precisely why I eschew this type of insolent noise. 


It just makes me feel dirty like when Lucy is kissed by Snoopy in Peanuts and her exclamation is "BLEGH!"

toryalkman
toryalkman

Racism and racist comments are very different things.  getting offended by stupid or insensitive comments is something stupid people do.  These are attention seeking behavoirs mean to be shocking.  get over it.  I think Bill Parcells will always be remembered for his comment calling sneaky trick plays in football to "Jap" plays.  this does not mean Bill Parcells would discriminate against a Japanese person. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@GuitarPlayer ..... and at least one Hispanic and one Arab, just going by names.

Daniel
Daniel

@alteredjustice But will he be speaking in "dirty Jap"? (Hint: that's Japanese with a splash of olive juice.)

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz nah, they are not getting the message, the AD only suspended him3 days and the school signed off on it.  They only got the message bc ESPN was about to out them and then the public shamed them, it was easy to do the right thing when everyone is looking, its those that do it in darkness out of the public eye that should be respected

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

@Scruffygeist Thanks? I won't be submitting this for a Pulitzer, but I do find it interesting to occasionally peak through the window that Twitter provides.

rarrbear
rarrbear

@notracist no, it's nothing like calling an American a Yankee. It's like using the word Jew with a negative connotation. If you were to call a Jewish person "a dirty Jew," wouldn't they be offended. Using Jap along those lines is just as offensive.

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I think you're overestimating the intelligence of random Twitter morons and also how much we as a society talk about racial slurs (aside from that one that we all think matters).

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@joe.tone You know how we get happy baseball pants around here, I just wish you wouldn have taken a more direct angle to the game.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@rarrbear @notracist and you don't think there are instances where 'yankee' or 'yank' is used as a negative connotation?  Are you new in Texas?

toryalkman
toryalkman

again, they are just words meant to elicit a reaction. Words are not effective unless you give them power.  Racism and Racist comments are very differnt.  Can you agree that climbing mount everest and talking about climbing mount everest are different things?  I'll defer to comedian Doug Stanhope here, "If you're offended by any word, in any language, it's probably because your parents were unfit to raise a child."

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Follow him on the twitter and he'll post a link when he throws something up...man, it seems like yesterday this little turd of a free paper had some good Ranger articles?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@jessicalauren11 @Scruffygeist ESPN blows, and now Im going to yahoo to read Merten's Rangers views.  I avoid ESPN if at all possible so itd be great to get sports bone or 2 passed this way

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @NickLucchesi @notracist Upon further review he appears to write for the riverfront times, a voice nation sister paper, and the first article linked to him was about Chelsea Man City in St Louis, so i welcome him with open arms to our little piece of voice world.  Cheers

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@troyaikman you support that while using the name of a well known known broadcaster who has to watch what he says and is concerned with his image.  nice

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@troyaikman 

I support free speech as well. That doesn't mean that people saying stupid shit shouldn't be called out for it publicly.

That's the other side of the free speech coin, isn't it?

toryalkman
toryalkman

Free speech sure sucks. I have never said that racisism is a good thing, nor would I ever support racism in any way, but I support the right to say anything you want. Even if it is ugly and racist.   I guess I am weird. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@troyaikman 

Oh, well, if it's only meant to elicit a reaction, it must be perfectly OK to say it. There's just no way that that sort of rhetoric might have any influence our more impressionable citizens.

Good call, troy.

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