Mike Francesa has never been one to be politically correct. But he took his clueless indifference to new heights Monday.
It appears the Sports Pope is a dope when it comes to using racially insensitive words. Speaking to a caller about an Asian-American rock group, Francesa used the word “Oriental,” a term long-deemed unacceptable. The WFAN drive-time host was attempting to discuss a Supreme Court trademark case with a caller when he then dropped “Oriental” or “Oriental-Americans” a whopping three times.
Just so you know, Mike, just last year the federal government banned the use of the racially charged word, along with the N-word, from federal law.
The Supreme Court case in question involved an Asian-American rock band from Oregon called “The Slants” and whether that potentially offensive term could be trademarked.
A caller brought it up to the Sports Pope in regard to how it could affect legislation against sports teams with other potentially offensive names such as the he NFL team from Washington D.C.
And that’s when Francesa put his sizable shoe in his equally sizable mouth.
“Well, the feeling is that it’s going to be the same answer to the same question. The only other debate is that they were talking about themselves. They all were Oriental-Americans who were part of the group, rock band.
“I don’t know if they were a rock band, they were some kind of musical band from Oregon. And they could not trademark the name ‘Slant’ even though they were a group of young, uh, Oriental-Americans. And that was the case that went to the Supreme Court. And they feel that it has bearing on the (NFL team from Washington).”
Later in the show, when his producer informed him that “Oriental-American” might by offensive, Francesa was incredulous.
“You’re telling me that is considered a slight if you call someone an Oriental-American?” Francesa said. “What is the proper term now, since I want to get it proper since Oriental-American is now considered a slight. What would not be a slight?
“Asian-American,” his producer said.
“Oh, Asian American … So let’s make that an Asian-American band. … You’re telling me using the word Oriental American is a slight? … If they would like me to say Asian-Americans, all power to it … Then I will say Asian-American. Whatever makes people happy. Has it gotten to that point that would be considered a slight? Oh, boy.”
Actually Mike, it got to that point quite a few years ago. But thanks for “apology.”