Fox causes stir with controversial video
âLetâs give the Conferenceâs two newest members a good, old-fashioned, All-American welcome!â begins Bob Oschackâs September 2 clip on Fox Sports.
In a distasteful segment aired Sept. 2, Fox Sports âwelcomedâ Colorado and Utah to the newly formed PAC-12. The video, which aired on their Sports homepage and was quickly added to YouTube and Hulu, featured comedian-turned-reporter Bob Oschack interviewing numerous USC students on campus â all of whom were Asian-American.
The three-minute clip shows Oschack deliberately misunderstanding the studentsâ accents, asking them what they know about USCâs football program, and then poking fun at their lack of knowledge.
Fox Sports was quick to remove the video from its various servers as soon as the complaints started rolling in. The video, which was called a âflagrant racial caricatureâ by deadspin.com, caused a small commotion during the time it was online. In return, head of media relations Lou DâErmillo issued an official statement to âthe entire USC communityâ apologizing for the breakdown in editorial professionalism.
Critics say the video mocks Asian-Americans, singling them out and making them seem un-American. In one segment, Oschack responds to a studentâs enthusiastic âWelcome to Colorado and Utah!â with a condescending, âNo, youâre saying welcome to Colorado and Utah. Weâre in Los Angeles.â
The clip is unsettlingly racist, especially considering that USC is such an ethnically and culturally diverse school. Though Fox Sports apologized profusely for the video, something like this should never have left the drawing board.
The full news story can be found at http://deadspin.com/5837054/fox-sports-does-humiliating-whiteface-routine.