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Political Correctness Run Amok – Don Rickles Is the Antidote

First, some sports radio wiseguy made a rude, insulting remark to Tom Brady about Brady’s 5-year-old little girl. I don’t know whether that radio person should’ve been fired or suspended for that, but he should have been disciplined in some way. Apparently, the rude radio wiseguy was given an indefinite suspension. Good.

Now, I don’t like football, because it’s really just a bunch of grown men running into each other and giving each other concussions and suing the NFL. To each his own and all that.

But, now there’s another controversy in which another radio personality on the same sports radio station, former Patriots player Christian Fauria, apparently insulted Asian people. Fauria supposedly did an “impersonation” of Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee, with an “Asian accent,” and Fauria was suspended from the radio station for that.

So I was curious, and checked to see what this Don Yee actually did sound like. He apparently is Asian, and does have an Asian-sounding last name, and he looks “Asian” (if it’s okay for me to say that — I don’t want to get myself suspended). But here is Don Yee in an interview. He has NO distinctive Asian accent whatsoever! It’s a stereotypical-sounding American manner of speech (if it’s okay to say that).

So, are you serious? Oh, Fauria didn’t really do an impersonation of Don Yee, but a stereotypical Asian accent. Is that really so bad? Or “offensive”? I’ll bet most Asian people hearing Fauria do that on the radio were NOT offended. Just like most Native Americans said they are not offended by the name of the Washington “Redskins,” and so on.

But we have these people kowtowing to political correctness, and that’s all this stuff is. It’s nuts, in my view. The radio station, WEEI, tweeted, “Earlier today during his show, Christian Fauria impersonated athlete agent, Don Yee in an insensitive and ill-conceived attempt at humor. We regret Christian’s commentary and we apologize to Mr. Yee and those offended by the segment.” And, “We do not support or condone Christian’s comments, and we have suspended him for five days effective immediately.”

And Christian Fauria tweeted, “Earlier today I made a horrible attempt at humor. In a segment during the show, I impersonated agent Don Yee in an insensitive and regrettable way. I want to publicly apologize to Don and anyone in the audience who heard it.”

Give. Me. A. Break.

So it’s just this irrational political correctness stuff.  And the people who actually are offended are those who are brainwashed to believe that they should be offended!

What is it with this political correctness stuff now? The late Don Rickles for years did his impersonations of Asian people, or stereotypically-sounding Asian people, as well as stereotypically-sounding black people, Italians, southerners, New Yorkers, and he was celebrated for it. Rickles was paid millions for doing those things.

But with some former football player turned radio personality, that’s different.

It’s really very tiring now. I think I’ll find a video with Don Rickles to post at the end of this.

I hope that Christian Fauria, Don Yee, WEEI radio, the Patriots, and all the political-correctness robots out there don’t mind my posting this, but here is the late Don Rickles performing at Comic Relief V in 1992 — over 25 years ago! (What happened since then?) I don’t believe that this stuff would air now. (It wouldn’t surprise me if this is taken off YouTube soon as well.)

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