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Gil LeBreton's slightly racist Charlie Strong metaphor

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Steak Snabler, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Mentioned this on the Charlie Strong thread, but figured it merited its own.

    LeBreton's column is about the underwhelming nature of the Strong hire. But he blew this metaphor in a big way:


    What was he thinking? What was his editor (assuming he's got one) thinking?
  2. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    I don't find it racist.
    There's only a handful of mainstream late night talk show host - Conan, Fallon, Letterman, Ferguson, Arsenio - to pick from. Arsenio is probably the worst of the bunch. That's the point he was trying to make.
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Throw in Seth Meyers to mix now. Should have stayed away from metaphor or used someone else than Hall to avoid the sure public outcry.
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    For it to work, he should have used Conan O'Brien as the replacement, since he's the one who replaced Leno and failed. Otherwise, just pick the only black guy.
  5. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Arsenio had a pretty strong run with his show.
  6. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    This hire is taking on a bit of Blazing Saddles quality with Charlie Strong
    as Clevon Little. UT wanted the Waco Kid as sheriff.
  7. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    What if he'd have used Magic Johnson? Chevy Chase? Alan Thicke?
  8. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Magic Johnson's show OTOH did not enjoy a strong run, unless 3 months is considered strong in the industry.
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Should have. Complete failures at the late night game, unlike Arsenio.
  10. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    It ain't just the Star-Telegram that can't get over Texas having a black coach:

  11. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    But Strong hasn't failed anywhere --- and the article doesn't make him sound like a failed hire.

    Just makes it sound like firing a veteran proven talent --- however underwhelming you judge that talent to be --- and hiring one less proven.

    In that sense Arsenio works well enough, as would have a handful of others.
  12. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

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