Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Racist segment at USC forces Fox to deep-six ?sophomoric? show

Here's "investigative reporter" Bob Oschack on Saturday, soliciting an "All-American welcome" to new Pac-12 members Colorado and Utah from an all-Asian cast on USC's campus:

Aaaaand here's Fox Sports on Wednesday, announcing the show on which the segment aired has been canceled:

BOULDER, Colo. (AP)?Fox Sports said Wednesday it canceled a show that aired a segment that mocked Asian students who were filmed on the Southern California campus.

Fox Sports Network spokesman Lou D'Ermilio said in a statement that last week's segment was "clearly offensive and inconsistent with the standards FOX Sports believes in, and we sincerely regret that it appeared." He said the show that aired the video, "The College Experiment" would be cancelled effective immediately. [?]

D'Ermilio says the video was removed as soon as the network became aware of it. He said there was a breakdown in our internal processes" and that the network is taking steps to make sure an "incident of this nature is not repeated in the future."

In fact, Mssr. Oschack is a comedian whose previous credits include writing for Dennis Miller's show on CNBC and Comedy Central Presents as well as starring in an obscure 2001 film, "Sharkman," which currently carries a rating of 2.2 stars out of 10 on the Internet Movie Database. During its brief existence, "The College Experiment" was a weekly Friday night offering on Fox's 18-to-39-year-old-male-oriented cable channel, Fuel, promising a "comedy-driven, weekly cocktail of hot co-eds, non-stop partying, sophomoric humor, and a dash of college sports." Odds are this is the first time you're hearing of it, and the last. If only it had risen to the level of sophomorism...

Now, if Fox is looking for an actually entertaining way to involve international students in a football segment without overtly mocking their unfamiliarity with the culture, maybe they should send a camera crew to Rice:

Admittedly, that's not comedy gold like "What should I say, welcome?" But then, Bob Oschack isn't exactly the "Asians in the Library" girl, either, so we all have to take what we can get.

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