Monday, July 22, 2013

Must not use "Ethiopian" to mean "fast running"

Even though Ethiopians have a history of winning foot races.  Haile Gebrselassie, Abebe Bikila, Meskerem Legesse and Lelisa Desisa are some famed Ethiopian runners

The BBC was last night facing another sports commentary controversy after veteran golf commentator Ken Brown was accused of making a racist comment on the British Open.

As Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood prepared to start the 12th hole, Mr Brown – who represented Europe in the Ryder Cup five times during the 1970s and 1980s – said: ‘This fairway runs like an Ethiopian chicken... it just runs.’

Last night dozens of people took to Twitter to voice their disgust at the outburst.

The 56-year-old has worked for the BBC for 20 years since retiring from golf in his 30s. The BBC did not respond to  a request for comment.  A BBC spokesman said: 'Ken apologises for his comments and any offence caused.'



Anonymous said...

More evidence that people in western countries have become so addicted to political correctness that they don't realize, or care, that their freedoms and liberties are being strangled.

History will show that PC, created by an ultra-leftist professor at UC Berkley, has acted as the greatest mass anesthetic ever known. It has proved something that most governments have known for a long time. That being, that generally speaking, people are incredibly weak, gullible, and easily manipulated.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was the Kenyans who were the good runners and always won the Boston Marathon, etc?

LTEC said...

I assume the point is that Ethiopian chickens have to run very fast to escape the starving Ethiopian people who are chasing them.