We weren’t aware of this, but apparently when you joke around that some random white guy looks like a famous white guy (a la Sic Willie and Kyle Orton), it’s either considered humorous or worthy of serious contemplation.
When you say a black guy looks like another famous black guy, however, it’s considered “played out” and borderline racist. Or “racial.”
And thus we have the mea culpa being offered by MLB Network announcer Matt Vasgersian after he observed during a live broadcast that an emergency medical technician at Colorado’s Coors Field resembled Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb.
From Kissing Suzy Kolber:
“I am an idiot .. Save the racial stuff which is just flat out wrong, almost all of what has been posted on my regrettably horrific timing is spot on .. It was a bad decision made on live tv and i can absolutely understand how that make an announcer sound insensitive. Bad on the spot judgment. Nobody feels worse about it than I do guys.”
What? He’s apologizing?
Vasgersian – who dropped the “F” bomb on the MLB Network earlier this year – shouldn’t have to apologize for anything here, least of all the fact that his broadcast colleagues (and apparently his producer) don’t have a sense of humor.
Does the dude in question look like Donovan McNabb?
But again, we’re apparently not debating facts, we’re debating sensibilities.