NBC's Saturday Night Live opened this weekend's show with a skit on New York Knicks breakout star Jeremy Lin. The actors made Asian stereotypes, came up with puns using the star guard's last name and talked about the recent mishaps in the media, such as ESPN.com's racially offensive headline.
Earlier this week, ESPN apologized for the poor choice of words for the headline, and the network also apologized for an anchor's use of an inappropriate word when talking about Lin.
Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 a.m. ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 a.m. ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake
Wednesday night on ESPNEWS, an anchor used an inappropriate word in asking a question about Jeremy Lin. ESPN apologizes for the incident, and is taking steps to avoid this in the future.
The skit tackled the issue of racism surrounding Lin's story and rise to fame in the basketball world. The skit did a nice job, in a comedic way, of showing the issue of stereotypes in sports and how they can be offensive.
Since Lin has become a global phenomenon, it was certain that SNL was going to do something on this story. While I bet some viewers of the show would have liked a more entertaining skit on the Knicks star, this video was very well done.
Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report