Friday, February 13, 2009

This Really Happened: "I Don't Like Orientals or Blacks"

This really happened, Thursday evening in the newsroom (with little to no interpretation):

"Ring ring"

KSPR Producer: "KSPR News"

Guy: "blah blah...That weather guy you've got is top notch... blah blah... There are too many Orientals and blacks on TV...blah blah...and I really hate women giving the news. But that Oriental lady you have on now--I can understand everything she says."

KSPR Producer: "Thanks for calling."

I think that was supposed to be a compliment??

My producer was upset when he told me this...but I thought it was kind of funny. I joked, "Next time someone says something like that, tell them they better watch it or I'll come to their house and karate chop them... and then eat their dog."

14 comments:

Jason said...

The sad thing is I would want to believe that caller wasn't being serious...but I've lived here enough to know that whoever it was probably wasn't kidding.

Aaron said...

WOW! Further evidence of why the Ozarks drives me crazy sometimes. The sad part is that he really thought he was giving a compliment. In his own backward, I'm-a-hillbilly way, he was, but good Lord — that type of ignorance has really bothered me for several months for some reason.

Funny enough, Springfield doesn't even have a black person on air.

Mike said...

Hahaha - LOL. Springfield. Good grief. I understand well by now that these people are out there thinking this stuff, but what in the world compels them to pick up the phone and say these things out loud?

lillyella, uniquely you said...

holy crap - the last few words in your post just made me spit milk all over my keyboard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bahahahahahahahah
Im glad you have a sense of humor - he probably thinks your hot too :)

Queen City Roller said...

I don't like them either that's why I don't use MSG or pepper.

Michelle said...

I love your sense of humor. Living in N.C. really helps with the practice of ignoring idiots. I run into one on a daily basis.

Complaint Department Manager said...

Wow, a testament on how Springfield is progressing. I see this nearly everyday, live and in person when making my rounds around S.W, Mo.

DocLarry said...

As the producer who took the phone call, I'd like to make a minor correction. The caller referenced Michelle as "this little oriental girl." I'm pleased Michelle is able to let these things roll off her back. I'm still bugged by the ignorance of this man who actually thought he was paying a compliment.

Michelle said...

Thanks Doc! hahaha! You're my pal!

M. said...

Wow. Wow. By the way, I can understand everything you say too.

Darin said...

Great stuff! ROFL

Kathee Baird said...

What a dumbass!!! I dare you to do part of the newscase in Korean.

Make that double-dog dare you!

Great post.

Hannah Says Hi said...

This is why you're so great - responding with humour (Canadian spelling of "humor"!). That is always the best way to do it - and easier said than done...xo.

gigi said...

seriously?!?! i guess i just didn't realize people are still that ignorant. even in springfield. L.O.V.E. your comeback!