New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick said some pretty terrible things in a story published earlier today regarding behavior in the athletic world. When talking about the the Brooklyn Nets, who recently redesigned their logo with help from co-owner Jay-Z, Mushnick offered up a few suggestions for the team that he felt would suit Jay-Z’s association better. He spoke of applying “the full Jay-Z treatment” to the Nets and said the following.
Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!
Yup. This is one of those things where ‘the point’ of the article really no longer matters, and how Mushnick inteded this comment to be read is in the same boat. A white writer insensitively suggested that the Brooklyn Nets employ the N word in their team name and call their cheerleaders bitches (or hoes, at least options were provided for that one). And why–because of Jay-Z’s hip-hop career?
Whatever the case is, Mushnick’s statements are, on top of being badly presented, both racially and sexually degrading. And if that’s what he was trying to bring attention to via “the full Jay-Z treatment,” he’s failed. [TDS]