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VIDEO: Fox Sports Makes Fun of USC Asian Students for Their Accents in 'Pac 12' Interview

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Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM
click to enlarge Fox grills an unsuspecting Asian.
  • Fox grills an unsuspecting Asian.

Update: Fox Sports has canceled "The College Experiment," which was, apparently, the umbrella program for the USC vid. We've never heard of it. Must be a rightblogger thing?

We're not really sure how comedian Bob Oschack, reporting for Fox Sports, managed to track down so many hard-of-English Asian students at USC. (The video, which welcomes Colorado and Utah to the Pac 12 by interviewing the SoCal students, can be viewed below.) And even when he did, we're a little confused as to why Oschack -- and Fox producers, for that matter -- thought it would be somehow funny or telling to speak exclusively with hard-of-English Asian students about the Pac 12's new teams.

It's not like USC is running over with them: Only about 20 percent of students are Asian, and 10 percent international. (Come on, Fox: Everyone knows UCLA is the Asian one. Just ask Alexandra Wallace.)

Though Fox quickly pulled their absurdly racist/puzzling Pac 12 inauguration vid off the site, sports and race-oriented blogs have been embedding the shit out of a YouTube replica ever since. And we're not above the same:

The Daily Camera speaks with ethnic-studies professor Daryl Maeda from Colorado University (one of the schools being welcomed into football's elite class), who says he's extremely upset by the video's portrayal of Asians as "perpetual foreigners."

Maeda tells the sports site: "This is demeaning to millions of Asian Americans who have put down deep roots in the United States, claim English as their language and root vigorously for their favorite sports teams."

Fox is, of course, apologizing profusely and promising to punish the responsible parties. (As if they're above this kind of thing, and didn't just call Obama's birthday a "hip-hop BBQ" that "didn't create jobs." Guhh.)

Here's the network's apology -- directed, of course, to the powerful white guy who runs the private university, not the poor kids it targeted:

"We sincerely apologize to President Nikias and the entire USC community for the production and posting of the video. The context was clearly inappropriate and the video was removed as soon as we became aware of it. We will review our editorial process to determine where the breakdown occurred, and we will take steps to ensure something like this never happens again."

Fat chance. Asians might be the easiest race for conservatives to target in their crusade to rid the world of otherness -- perhaps because they're seen as too successful to care -- but any American with half a brain/heart can see this "investigative" comedy is no less racist than Katt Williams calling all Mexicans landscapers.

Thanks for making it painfully obvious, Fox, where the Wallaces of the world get their bright ideas.

[@simone_electra/swilson@laweekly.com]

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