This is beyond crazy. I’ll play the “Bridge Over The River Kwai” clip…
…but it’s not sufficient. How crazy is this story? This crazy: Ethics Alarms is informing you of a critical fact in a news story that The New York Times and almost every other mainstream media news source will not. Here it is:
The anti-Semitic slur that Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard has been fined and suspended for saying, apparently putting his NBA career in jeopardy, is “kike.” K-I-K-E.
I had to hunt through many reports to find a source that would reveal the taboo word so horrible and vile that to even print it so readers could know WHAT THE HOLY HELL THE CONTROVERSY WAS ABOUT was, apparently, unthinkable. I finally found the word in “The Scotsman,” which, as the name might suggest to you, is a Scottish publication. The closest I found in a U.S. source was an invitation to play “Wheel of Fortune” or “Hangman.” (Can you still play “Hangman”? It requires drawing a noose, and if you draw a noose, you must be a racist.) The exclamation that has made Meyers a pariah, according to the Miami Herald, was “F—ing cowards, don’t f—ing snipe me you f—ing k–e b–ch.” Sorry, not good enough, not sufficient, not competent, not responsible, and not ethical. If the story is worth publishing, then the word at the core of the story must be published too.
The Times wouldn’t even use code. “Meyers Leonard Fined $50,000 and Suspended for Using an Anti-Semitic Slur” reads the headline. [Wait. What slur? ] It continues [the bracketed comments are mine],
Leonard, a reserve center for the N.B.A.’s Miami Heat, said the slur [WHAT SLUR???]while playing a video game on a public livestream. Meyers Leonard, a reserve center for the Miami Heat, has been fined $50,000 and suspended for one week after a viral clip showed him using an anti-Semitic slur [When are you politically correct, cowardly, virtue-signalling journalist hacks going to tell me what you are talking about?} while playing a video game on a public livestream.
“Meyers Leonard’s comment [What comment? Nobody will say what the comment was!!!] was inexcusable and hurtful and such an offensive term [How do we know how offensive the comment is if YOU WON’T TELL US THE WORD?] has no place in the N.B.A. or in our society,” Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, said in a statement announcing the punishments. “Yesterday, he spoke to representatives of the Anti-Defamation League to better understand the impact of his words [That’s great, but WE can’t understand the impact of his words because you assholes won’t say WHAT THE WORDS WERE!!!] and we accept that he is genuinely remorseful.”
The statement continued, “We have further communicated to Meyers that derogatory comments like this [ LIKE WHAT? You can’t say “like this” without explaining what “this” is!] will not be tolerated and that he will be expected to uphold the core values of our league — equality, tolerance, inclusion and respect — at all times moving forward.”
Leonard, a 29-year-old gaming aficionado, was playing “Call of Duty: Warzone,” a popular multiplayer video game, on Twitch, a livestreaming platform, when he said the slur. [ But we still don’t know what slur, though you do…] He also said a sexist vulgarity [Really? Which one? Is this a guessing game? I thought it was SUPPOSED TO BE A NEWS STORY!!!] in his comment [What comment?], after another player tried to kill his character in the game. The video was recorded Monday, but the clip did not spread on social media until Tuesday….
There is no excuse for this.
The Times is deliberately withholding crucial information essential to a reader being able to understand the story. By doing so, it is directly endorsing the anti-free speech actions taken by various universities—and of course The Times itself—by doing its job as if there is something wrong about using a slur or epithet to discuss the slur or epithet, so wrong that it mandates not performing one’s profession competently. Well, that’s utter bullshit, or as the Maimi Herald would say, “b—s–t.” Who, What, When, Where—those are the crucial elements of news reporting. The Times and others are withholding the crucial “What” just to prove they are good little woke soldiers.
In doing so, they are assisting in the deliberate erosion of free speech, and, by extension, democracy itself. Poor Meyers Leonard just stupidly forgot that he was playing a video game on a public platform. His outburst was meaningless.
Meaningless, that is, as any kind of a real injury to anyone or anything. “A big, mean, white basketball player used ‘kike’ while playing a video game! I am horribly injured and wounded!” Is there any Jew on earth who can say this with a straight face? History has imbued that population with far sterner stuff.
No, all Meyers did was give activists a chance to take center stage by pretending this was a major incident, and the news media a chance to prove how progressive they are by blowing the story wildly out of proportion. Stories like this one in Forbes are also popping up, as pundits just can’t help themselves: “Why Is Anti-Semitism Still Cool? What Meyers Leonard’s Slur Says About Attitudes Today.”
Got that? What the excited, thoughtless exclamations from a lug playing a kids’ video game says about our attitudes…which is nothing.
The NBA fined the Heat player $50,000. He makes about 100 times what I do, not counting endorsements, so his fine is like a $500 fine to me, or less than what I recently paid a copyright owner for inadvertently using a graphic without permission. The fine is fine, because the NBA players are the NBA’s product, and all players have to mind their public image on and off the court. Still, this was a personal, non basketball activity, and not an intentional bigoted attack. The suspension, however, may cost Meyer millions—-for spewing expletives in the heat of a video game, all so the Heat and the NBA can show how woke they are—again. Maybe the JDL should demand that the league mandate that “Jewish Lives Matter” be plastered all over the courts. Silver would probably do it.
This doesn’t mean that Meyer is less of an ethics-challenged dolt. His tweeted apology was particularly annoying:
He obviously knew the word was an insult to Jewish people, so he knew it was a slur and that’s enough. He’s lying. He doesn’t need to know what the word “means” other than that it is used to denigrate Jews. The various pundits who are attacking him for saying he didn’t know what the word means probably don’t really know what “kike” means either. Do you know what the word means? Nobody is certain, it seems.
The origins of the word are disputed. One theory posed by Philip Cowen, editor of “The American Hebrew,” is that it derives from the Yiddish word kikel, or, circle. The Jewish Times explains: “He suggests that Jewish immigrants, not knowing the Latin alphabet, signed their entry forms with a circle rather than the customary X, which signified Christianity. On this theory, Ellis Island immigration inspectors began calling such people kikels, and the term shortened as time passed.”
Another theory is that the slur derives from “Hayyim,” transcribed in German as Chaim or Kaim, a word to describe Jews found in mid-18th-century German cant. Since Jewish speakers took -im of Kaim as a plural ending in Hebrew, they created a new singular “kai,” and thus “kike.”
The verdict here is that Meyers should be allowed to play basketball, spared all of the whipping by grandstanding censors, and the focus needs to be shifted to the real threat, the news media’s efforts to gut the language so we can only think “good thoughts.”