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Sunday, May 21, 2006


Alex Pareene at Wonkette is having a little trouble seeing the line - you know, the one you're not supposed to cross. Here's a lovely little excerpt from a fake instant message conversation posted on Friday:
operative: she has internet videos?
operative: does she do the thing with the ping-pong balls?*
Michelle Malkin is justifiably upset:

Pat yourselves on the backs, you tolerant liberal bastards.


This is hardly
the first
made Asian whore ping-pong ball jokes about me.

But Wonkette has now mainstreamed it. And I'm sick of it. Are you proud of yourselves? Do you get a bonus from Nick Denton for scraping the bottom of the barrel?

I'm far from a Malkin fan (I don't even have a permalink to her on this blog), but Pareene's little joke is beyond the pale. Can you imagine the uproar if a conservative blogger had made a similar joke?

The Wonkette post has since been updated to say: "This is not funny. We apologize." The way it's placed, however, makes it unclear if it's referring to the whole post or just the ping-pong ball joke. (Given that the whole post ain't funny, it's tough to tell.) Also, who's "we"? And are "we" apologizing because it's not funny, or because it's offensive and racist?

Wonkette commenter Wagner James Au has the best take on this:

Of course you think it's funny, you disingenuous racist coward, it's why you ran it in the first place. It's also why nothing has happened to the equally racist comments above from "ifthethunderdontgetya" and "Montecore" above, despite Gawker Terms of Service which expressly forbid "abusive, obscene, threatening, harassing, defamatory, libelous, offensive or sexually explicit" posts in Comments.

Michelle Malkin is a gasbag ideologue who can be justly and snarkishly criticized for myriad reasons, so you should do some soul searching to wonder why you instead consider her Asian heritage fair game for mockery. Or for that matter, why, when you look at a Filipino-American woman, the image of a sex worker is one of the first things that springs into your surprisingly narrow mind.

In all honesty, I think I've looked at Wonkette maybe twice since Ana Marie Cox left. I wasn't too impressed either time. I still enjoy Defamer and Deadspin, but maybe Wonkette's just played out, or maybe the dudes writing it now simply aren't as clever as Cox was. Forgetting the fact that it's racist, I don't think Cox would've stooped to making an Asian woman/ping-pong ball joke if only because it's so stale and cliched.

It'll be interesting to see what, if anything happens to Pareene. I'm not a big fan of firing people for making one bad mistake, but I would think at the very least Malkin is owed a real apology.

(Hat tip: Dean Esmay.)

Anonymous fmragtops said...

How can anyone be offended by a liberal?


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