Former quarterback and current loudmouth Terry Bradshaw just apologized for referring to Ken Jeong as “the little short guy from Japan”
Dude. Ken Jeong is Korean.
Bradshaw’s offensive remark came during Fox’s upfronts presentation, where the NFL commentator cracked a few jokes about his time on NBC’s The Masked Singer. But his lame attempt at comedy rudely stereotyped Jeong. He’s since apologized, but the internet continues to pushback against Bradshaw’s racially-offensive comment.
Is Terry Bradshaw holding a nasty grudge because he was “kicked off” The Masked Singer by Jeong?
Former NFL star Terry Bradshaw is trying to walk back a racially offensive comment he made about actor and comedian Ken Jeong during Fox's upfront presentation on Monday https://t.co/jgjsJS3ZYO
— CNN (@CNN) May 14, 2019
Here’s Bradshaw’s apology in full:
“I made an insensitive remark today about Ken, who I’ve known for some time,” Bradshaw said in a statement. “I’ve spoken to him about the importance of cultural respect and apologized for my offensive comments. I would like to also apologize to the Asian-American community for my insensitivity.”
We’re all familiar with this situation: old guy makes an awkwardly racist remark and everyone’s uncomfortable.
Times have changed, Terry! Making a dumb joke doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a racist, but it’s clear this type of demeaning race-based humor isn’t permissible.
Bradshaw’s also drawing criticism for misnaming Robin Thicke as ‘Alan Thicke.’
Terry Bradshaw just said he was kicked off The Masked Singer “by Alan Thicke and the little short guy from Japan.” Why is he still employable? #Upfronts
— Whitney Friedlander (@loislane79) May 13, 2019
Everyone knows Bradshaw is not that bright.
— Jason Duckworth (@Jaybaby64082) May 14, 2019
Terry Bradshaw at Fox #Upfronts references his stint on "The Masked Singer" and notes he was kicked off by "Alan Thicke and the little short guy from Japan." Ouch. Wrong on both counts, in so many ways.
— Cynthia Littleton (@Variety_Cynthia) May 13, 2019
But some are defending the former Steeler and criticizing the reaction to his joke.
— Christopher Ryan (@ThatChrisRyan) May 14, 2019
Everything is racist these days.
You people are hilarious with your outrage. It makes for great entertainment.
— Scottie B (@B82Scottie) May 14, 2019
Bradshaw had to apologize for calling someone short. Congrats everyone we did. The world is a safer place now.
— The Brofessor (@The__Brofessor) May 14, 2019
People are questioning Bradshaw’s employment status.
Some of us like to hear from guys who actually played ….. you talk and you talk but you are a ZERO in the walk. Who needs tons of snowflakes who thing they are so smart. *sigh*
— NoFans NoFollowers (@jhkearneyiii) May 14, 2019
Anyone who puts a microphone in front of this guy is complicit. We all know he's a Boob.
— Embiid-Simmons 2020 (@jinnis58) May 14, 2019
— Jewel S (@jewels_my) May 15, 2019
Others aren’t surprised that Bradshaw said something outlandish…it’s kind of his job.
Terry Bradshaw's actually a redneck is everything that he can do to hold back plenty of stuff that he would like to say I'm never surprised when something slips he actually does a good job being the type of person he is really good quarterback though
— Freddythecoach (@freddythecoach) May 15, 2019
But this time, Terry’s getting booed off the field.
Your insensitivity shows your your lack of knowledge and frankly curiousity about the world around you. Do you even know ANYTHING about the history between Korea’s and Japan? #terrybradshaw
— Miah Im (@Miah_Im) May 14, 2019
— Mike Chu (@mikevchu) May 14, 2019
Not everybody is convinced, though.
Bradshaw is still the GOAT and what he said was funny. This Cancel Culture is getting old. pic.twitter.com/w8vkVMBf9k
— President of Beer, internet drunk (@BeerPOTUS) May 14, 2019
Bradshaw says he knows Ken Jeong and reached out to him directly to apologize. But will that be enough?
Network upfront meetings are serious business. This kind of gaffe reflects poorly on Bradshaw, and even worse on Fox. We’re guessing he won’t be back to host next year.