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October 21, 2003

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Cause a Controversy

Jan Stephenson, someone who has apprently spent 30 years involved in professional golf, has opened her mouth and spewed forth some really funny shit. She stated that the presence of Asians on the LPGA tour is ruining the game, both because they do not speak English (although they can), and that they are not friendly to others. She went on to suggest that if she were the commissioner, she would place a quota on the number of international players allowed to play on the tour.

The question this causes for me is, "Why didn't there seem to be more of an outrage over these statements?" If Stephenson had said the same thing about Black players people would have been calling for her head, so why didn't many people seem to care that she made such inflammatory remarks about Asians? My guess is that there are a couple of answers to this question. First, perhaps the majority of people agree with her statements. Is there an undertone of anger at foreign players who come over to this country and take all of the winnings? It might be another example of people here not wanting others to come in and "take what is rightfully their's".

A second reason may be the stereotypical nature of Asians. When asked by reporters, these players may give a response, but normally they do not speak. Not to reporters or to other players, apparently. In essence, they are a soft target.

Jan is playing this week in the Champions Tour event in Hawaii against men, and she admits that she is doing it as a "publicity stunt" to promote senior women's golf. Honestly, I don't mind a woman playing with the men every once in a while, but it should be done because the woman is one of the best at her sport and that she MIGHT do well, not because she is an aging star and feels that she has to create publicity in order to promote her sport. That should be a clear sign to the powers that be that the sport is in trouble and perhaps should not be a professional sport at all. If this continues, it won't be long before the players on the LPGA will be performing magic tricks at each hole, using fire and some of Siegfried and Roy's tigers.

Stephenson also stated that the LPGA had to use sex appeal in order to get viewers. She said that males are better atheletes than females, and since most of the audience for the LPGA are males, that they will not watch if the women are not beautiful. Is she wrong? Perhaps not. I am not one to watch much golf of any gender on tv, but if I had to pick, the LPGA would come in a VERY distant second, and maybe there is some truth to the idea that I would be more likely to watch it if some hottie was going for the win while wearing a thong and a tube top. Not politically correct, I realize, but brutally honest, just like Stephenson was.

Posted by Woundwort at October 21, 2003 10:23 AM | TrackBack
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Or maybe nobody cared because for the past year our entire education establishment, most corporations, the media and the every leftist-racist in the country urged the Supreme Court to rule that it is OK for colleges and universities to enforce quotas to limit Asian students, and then the Supreme court did just that.

Posted by: MG2 at October 22, 2003 11:50 PM
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