By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Bush, Bradshaw, and a bucket of chicken
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)”The more you talk; the stupider you sound.”
This story is really irrelevant.
But we have to address the issue.
We simply can’t overlook it.
Sweep it under the rug.
And pretend it didn’t happen.
- Was it a Freudian slip or just a poorly timed joke?
Regardless of the matter, it is, yet in still, another “chicken clucking” stupid story.
Yes, there is another chicken story frying in a hot pan of grease this week like a scene from the Help in order to clog up the airwaves as well as our hearts and minds.
First, there was R&B singer Mary J.Blige’s Burger King chicken commercial
Then, there was the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-a.
Now, Fox sports’ Terry Bradshaw is trying to get the feathers out of his mouth with his comments that Reggie Bush was running fast because he was chasing a bucket of chicken.
Damn it, Terry Bradshaw.
You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube, once it’s on the toothbrush.
BRADSHAW, JETHRO BODINE AND HONEY BOO-BOO
This was obvious a case of bad timing and a poor joke by Bradshaw, who is the resident Jethro Bodine on the show.
This, in effect, gives him license,to a certain degree, to say stupid things and act as if he is some uneducated redneck, Honey Boo-Boo child .
So, while the bucket of chicken reference promoted a stereotypical images of Black people running after some chicken, Bradshaw, himself, plays a stereotypical southern, country, hillbilly huckster on NFL Fox, who pretends he can barely read.
But as stupid as Bradshaw pretends to be, he, definitely, is not that dumb, especially to say something that stupid and bigoted on national television.
Or, is he?
What’s even more shocking than Bradshaw’s blatant racist “Honey Boo-Boo child” chicken comment, is the silence of host Curt McNafee, who should have addressed the issue as soon as it slipped out of his mouth.
During Sunday’s NFL on Fox studio segment, analyst Michael Strahan, however, seemed to understand Bradshaw’s racially charged chicken comment and even suggested it had better been directed to Johnson and not him, when he nonchalantly said “I’m glad you’re talking about Jimmy not me.”
As a result, due to his poor choice of words, ex-Pittsburgh Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw finds himself apologizing as if he was Don Imus, which I don’t think he is.
“I’m so sorry if I hurt anybody and I’m shocked I’m in this position.”Bradshaw told the USA Today.
Bradshaw, went on to say, that the comments were just part of a long running joke on the set about co-studio analyst Jimmy Johnson’s love for Kentucky Fried Chicken, which he refuses to share with anybody.
Johnson’s confirmed this via tweet.
For all those “chicken” comments..TB kids ME about how much I like chicken.. He was referring to me!
I eat 4 pieces of fried chicken every Sunday on our set..only problem now is my wife knows..so Im in trouble
Was Johnson’s tweet designed to protect Bradshaw’s bigotry. Or, was he telling the true?
Honestly, if you listen to the tape, it was obvious that Bradshaw was talking about Jimmy Johnson, regardless of how inflammatory it sounded.
Here is Bradshaw’s actual quote:
“Look at this Jimmy, like he was chasing that bucket of chicken that the wind was blowing the other night.”
LESSONS ON LANGUAGE
Whether Bradshaw was talking about Jimmy Johnson or Reggie Bush, it still was a stupid thing to say.
Bradshaw, himself, admitted after learning about the controversy surrounding his Bush-bucket of chicken comment”that his first reaction was that he “would never say that.”
But after hearing it on tape, he said his reaction was, “I can’t believe I said it.”
Bradshaw, who is a TV veteran, said he has been in the broadcast business too long plus, he is way too smart to make that kind of slip.
He also said when it comes to anything with racist overtones that he doesn’t have to be careful because he doesn’t think like that. Plus, he only comments about things that are happening on the field.
With Bradshaw’s recent mental lapses, other sports programs should learn something from this unfortunate incident.
Plus, a new generation of young people can learn about what is offensive to Black people and what is racially insensitive.
Why? Because a lot of sports program have lost some of their professionalism of late. As a result, many of them find themselves in dangerous territories just like Bradshaw as they pock fun at one another on set, debate hot topics, and belittle athletes on camera.
I guess this is a part of the radio shock jock, internet, and instant twitter influences on sports journalism today.
And while I enjoy seeing ex-professional athletes, and current athletes being brutally honest without being stiff and robotic on the set alongside sports reporters, sometimes they go overboard and reduce the conversation to immature locker room chatter rather than hardcore journalism.
Matter of fact, they are getting a little too comfortable on television and actually are forgetting that they are on television, just like Bradshaw did.
As a result, sometimes analysts like Charles Barkley on the NBA on TNT sometimes uses inappropriate language like the other F-word on TV.
And in the case of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, even the “N” word, which he denies that he ever said.
But despite all of the controversy surrounding a bucket of chicken, however, Fox spokesman Lou D’Ermilio says the network won’t be punishing Bradshaw for his remarks and have no plans on making any changes in the way the show is produced.
Therefore, I guess we all have to accept Bradshaw’s apology and go eat a bucket of fried chicken after the game.
Because, “the more you talk, the stupider you sound.”