Thursday, September 08, 2011

9279: The College Experiment Fails.

From The Huffington Post…

Fox Sports Cancels ‘The College Experiment’ For ‘Clearly Inappropriate’ Segment Mocking Asian Students At USC

BOULDER, Colo.—Fox Sports canceled a show that aired a segment that mocked Asian students who were filmed on the University of Southern California campus.

Fox Sports Network spokesman Lou D’Ermilio said in a statement that last week’s segment was “clearly offensive” and that the show “The College Experiment” would be cancelled effective immediately.

D’Ermilio says the video was removed as soon as the network became aware of it.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Fox Sports is apologizing for what it calls an “inappropriate” segment filmed on the University of Southern California campus that critics say mocks Asian students.

In the statement, network spokesman Lou D’Ermilio addresses the apology to USC President Max Nikias.

“We sincerely apologize to President Nikias and the entire USC community for the production and posting of the video,” D’Ermilio wrote. “The context was clearly inappropriate and the video was removed as soon as we became aware of it. We will review our editorial process to determine where the breakdown occurred, and we will take steps to ensure something like this never happens again.”

University of Colorado ethnic studies professor Darryl Maeda, who saw the segment, told the newspaper that the piece relies on stereotypes of Asians as “perpetual foreigners.” The interviewer appeared to seek students for whom English is not their first language, he said.

“This is demeaning to millions of Asian Americans who have put down deep roots in the United States, claim English as their language and root vigorously for their favorite sports teams,” Maeda said.

CU’s football team hosts the USC Trojans on Nov. 4. CU and Utah entered the Pac-12 in July.

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