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06/01/2005

49er Training Video Turns into Team Embarrassment

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A San Francisco 49ers video meant to teach diversity has become an embarrassment for the team as its off-color racist, sexist, and gay jokes backfire. The video, obtained by the SF Chronicle features exchanges such as this one, with "a bespectacled, buck-toothed Chinese man in an aloha shirt":

Chinese man: "49ers love being in community. Very patriotic . . . support president and his George Bush erection."

"Erection?" Reynolds asks.

"Yes," the Chinese man responds. "It say, 'You like Bush -- then you like his erection.'

"My name is Suck Hung,'' the Chinese man says as he's leaving. "My brother's name is Suck Young -- my whole family suck."

The video also features mock gay weddings in which two lesbians make out on a mat and a male bi-racial couple (to demonstrate diversity!) approach an altar with roses. The video also features a cameo by SF Mayor Gavin Newsom.

The video finishes with team PR director Kirk Reynolds in the locker room wearing a towel beside three blond women who proceed to make out.

"It was meant to be funny -- but no one is laughing now in the San Francisco 49ers' front office."

On a related note, in an environment like this, no wonder it's so difficult for an NFL player to come out of the closet. This video reveals, among other things, that the locker room is perceived by many as a sexually charged place, or should I say, heterosexually charged place. God forbid another man look at these players the way they look at women!

Watch the video.

49ers Personal Foul [sf chronicle]

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  1. Good God...who has the time to wait for the videos to load?

    Posted by: william | Jun 1, 2005 10:15:16 AM


  2. Ok, apparently I have the time. Am I the only one that has a job with a Zero Tolerance Discrimination Policy?

    Posted by: william | Jun 1, 2005 10:26:24 AM


  3. OMG...I'm not easily offended, but this piece of garbage crosses way over the line is so many ways. Saying it was meant only for the locker-room and not public viewing makes it worse. Think about the closeted players, those with LGBT friends and relatives, or minority players who have experienced discrimination. This video makes fun of diversity and is incredibly disrectful. Wow, sure this is San Francisco and not backwoods Alabama?

    Posted by: Ian | Jun 1, 2005 10:29:23 AM


  4. Nevermind the closeted players, just any player Gay or Straight who is mentally "NORMAL" would be uncomfortable watching this. The team should be humiliated having this in the public domaine.

    Posted by: Patrick | Jun 1, 2005 11:00:20 AM


  5. Any corporate Exec. that allowed this to happen should be fired. Sloppy sloppy leadership. It is such a stupid thing someone should have had enough sense to say "hmmm what would happen if this gets leaked". For every step forward there are always steps back.

    Posted by: Donald | Jun 1, 2005 11:23:04 AM


  6. I think you guys need to lighten up. Things that happen in the lockerroom are not for public consumption. As a gay man, I was a part of it for a long time. I wouldn't say it in front of my mother, nor would I say those things in front of my boss.

    But in a team environment? I'd absolutely say things that are not considered PC. And I have. The black guys talk about the white guys and the white guys talk about the black guys. And me, the only openly queer fella, took his, too.

    But every one of those guys would stick up for me if I ever needed it. And that was enough for me.

    When are fags going to stop worrying about shit like this and focus on things that can really hurt us? When in your life will the goings-on in the 9er lockerroom, or in some team-only video, ever affect any of you?

    I'd guess next to never. But it wouldn't be the gay way if we didn't worry about everyone else's issues instead of confronting our own.

    Posted by: ryan | Jun 1, 2005 11:27:20 AM


  7. We'll probably take it a little less seriously when we have rights as Human Beings...

    Posted by: William | Jun 1, 2005 11:38:11 AM


  8. Right. The 49ers don't make this video and *POOF* you've got gay marriage.

    If the 49ers wouldn't have made this video in August of last year, 11 states wouldn't have written gay marriage laws into their constitutions. Now I get it.

    Posted by: ryan | Jun 1, 2005 11:42:59 AM


  9. No...Not what I was saying. Where do we draw the line in a work place? What is professional and what is idiotic? It wasn't as offensive to me as it was immature and stupid.

    Posted by: william | Jun 1, 2005 11:48:57 AM


  10. So Ryan the mocking of Asians is OK with you also? After all it's just boys being boys.

    My point from a coporate point of you someone should have known better.

    Posted by: Donald | Jun 1, 2005 11:49:04 AM


  11. I wouldn't consider a lockerroom a corporate anything. That said, they fired the guy responsible for the video. They even fired his boss, the GM (Terry Donahue) of the team (and a guy who is thought of as being one of the top, if not THE top, people in his profession) as soon as it got to the owner.

    And the guy mocking asians had the last name of Chung. Without knowing specifics, you'd think he might be asian himself, right? Google Image Search seems to confirm this.

    Posted by: ryan | Jun 1, 2005 12:16:54 PM


  12. When professional sports were still segragated, there were certainly plenty of "dumb nigger monkey" comments in white locker rooms. Well you can't say that now in the locker room, because racial prejudice in sports is no longer legal or tolerated. Players learned and grew, and sports are better because of this. But had it been ignored, downplayed and not forced on some, it would still exist today.

    How can you possibly condone this as 'boys will be boys' or locker room mentality? It's just wrong and downplaying it is a big part of the problem.

    Posted by: Ian | Jun 1, 2005 12:21:11 PM


  13. This is not some pals getting together to play football on the weekend. This is big time corporate world. Having said that I think many in the gay community are little too PC and suck the fun out of any room. I am a different boy in my Corp. Directors job than I him hanging out on weekends. (though I try very hard not to be hurtful)

    Posted by: Donald | Jun 1, 2005 12:22:33 PM


  14. I thought the video was hilarious and it didn't offend me in the least. I wish all the videos I had to watch in my workplace were as entertaining. American's get offended too easily. Lighten up people.

    Posted by: John | Jun 1, 2005 2:09:16 PM


  15. Ryan, you're right...it's not this video that's wrong with America, it's people like you. Those that consider this "boys will be boys" behavior, those that think because someone's name is Chung then they can discriminate against their own kind...WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?? I believe Mayor West has a job opening that you can probably fill.

    Posted by: Wayne | Jun 1, 2005 2:24:52 PM


  16. I'm surprised it took so long for the Wayne's of the world to comment. It's so very fun and exciting to be a sanctimonious queer sometimes, isn't it?

    What is wrong with me is I see this EXACT BEHAVIOR everywhere I turn. And I see it 10 TIMES MORE in gay bars. In gay clubs. Coffee shops. Bookstores. It is the homos all over that have perfected such "boys will be boys" behavior.

    It isn't the football players in the lockerroom that bother me. It's the queers at the bar ripping the other guy for his clothes. Or the circuit queens at the club, making fun of the fat guy dancing on 'their' floor. Or the boys in P-town making catty remarks at the sober guys not smoking ice.

    If any gay guy wants to pretend to be the holier-than-thou, fine. But its bullshit. We are the worst about making the exact same jokes about our very people. The asian on asian joke offends us to no end, but the gay on gay bashing is part of the package, right? Screw that.

    Your Mayor West comment proves my point, Wayne. Because I don't fall in, lockstep and behave like the legions of queers, I'm a James West, self-hating faggot.

    But I'm what's wrong with America.

    Posted by: ryan | Jun 1, 2005 3:01:44 PM


  17. Gossip at a gay bar has no bearing on me, but a video pretending to be a trainer on diversity has a direct impact on those watching it. It leaves a message that it's okay to make fun, that it's okay to be hateful, that, as you say "fags" getting married is something to joke about.

    Teaching others to hate is wrong, regardless of the fact that it's gays gossiping in a bar or the 49'rs using making a mockery of diversity awareness training. I do march for my rights. I have testified in front of the Texas State House in regards to discrimination. My husband has been severely beaten by "fag" bashers in Dallas. I have been directly impacted by hate, and I will never lay down and chalk it up to "boys being boys" ever again. And to those of you that want to side with ignorance, well Ryan, I'll continue to spout my opinion about that as well. It's easy to sit on the sidelines and do nothing. I want the same rights that my heterosexual brother and sister have...to be with the person I love, in public, without fear of attack or discrimination.

    Posted by: Wayne | Jun 1, 2005 3:42:48 PM


  18. Ryan, you're the only one "ripping into" anyone here. You sound like you've been really hurt and need a therapist.

    Posted by: liberal server | Jun 1, 2005 4:08:07 PM


  19. You guys are classic. I didn't rip into anyone on an individual level. I ripped into very real and very hurtful things that gay guys do to each other. If it stings, there's likely a reason.

    It is also very typical to see homos who disagree with someone go to the "you need mental help" card, though. Why can't gays have differing opinions and those be respected? Why is it ALWAYS a lock-step mentality?

    If you wonder why we keep getting our asses kicked in election after election, referendum after referendum, maybe you need to look no further than the reaction to this thread. The republicans can pitch a big tent where the religious nuts can get along with many that can't stand them. We have gays bashing each other, even suggesting therapy, for those that have a difference of opinion.

    Posted by: ryan | Jun 1, 2005 6:06:34 PM


  20. I was completely sincere about a therapist - you've got some obvious internalized homophobia going on. A bit hypocritical to criticize people for not allowing "gays to have differing opinions" while you criticize people for being upset over the homophobic video. Do you want differing opinions if they differ from your own? I assume you'll have to put in a last word...

    Posted by: liberal server | Jun 1, 2005 6:55:16 PM


  21. You are perfectly within your rights to have an opinion different than mine. If you notice, plenty of folks here have disagreed. I'm not the one that made it personal.

    And if you think I have any internalized homophobia, that's awesome. I'm glad you could diagnose me from 4 or 5 brief comments on a guy's comment feature. If I ever need true therapy, I know where to go.

    And as for the last word, you told me I had mental issues and I had a self-hate problem.

    Internet psychologists rock.

    Posted by: ryan | Jun 1, 2005 7:08:49 PM


  22. so there

    Posted by: liberal server | Jun 1, 2005 7:21:07 PM


  23. Actually Ryan, after reading your posts, and then reading through your blog http://worldwideryan.blogspot.com/, Liberal Server is not far off. For whatever reason, you seem on the surface to really disrespect and dislike yourself, and therefore others in your community. This 'it's OK in the locker room, boys will be boys' mentality is BS and totally backwords. I'm no therapist, but my partner is. However it doesn't take a therapist, your own negative internal feelings about yourself jump right out, you don't even seem to try to hard to hide them. Don't blame the catty gays at the clubs dude. Noone that has ever disagreed with me has ever said "you need mental help" If people are saying that to you, maybe listen. Your smart and probably a pretty nice guy - learn to give yourself the respect and love you deserve.


    Posted by: Sean | Jun 1, 2005 8:03:11 PM


  24. I really can't compete with people who are Internet psychologists or those who fuck real therapists.

    And I really can't compete with people who can make a diagnosis on the basis of a blog or a few comments.

    I'm amazed. Really.

    Posted by: ryan | Jun 1, 2005 9:04:58 PM


  25. I'm not qualified, nor did I actually make a diagnosis. Only an educated opinion. Whether you realize it or not, the issues I mentioned echo thoughout much of your writing. Take it for what it's worth to you.

    I'm quite sure your not that amazed. Really.

    Posted by: Sean | Jun 1, 2005 9:18:57 PM


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