13 Other Racist Clichés Headline Writers Need to Avoid
Following ESPN's groan-inducing Jeremy Lin headline, we'd like like to point out a few more phrases headline writers might want to avoid, not only because they're vaguely racist but also because they're clichéd.
Following ESPN's groan-inducing Jeremy Lin headline, we'd like like to point out a few more phrases headline writers might want to avoid, not only because they're vaguely racist but also because they're clichéd. Content farmers, writers, bloggers, reporters, and anyone looking to spark a debate on PC-ness (or the people in charge of editing anyone on this list): here are some other headlines you should probably think twice about before using:
Why? Yes, the phrase can be about honesty, but "spade" is also meant as a slur against black people.
Why? Though Robert Scheslinger is defending Obama here, a different headline might have been a better choice, as this in all its SEO glory could be taken the wrong way. See the entry above.
"Obama Cakewalk" The Sun: August 6, 2008
Why? Yes, it's supposed to signify an easy win, but the word also has its origins in slavery.
"Tiger Woods Peanut Gallery" Golf.com
Why? It's supposed to mean hecklers or pundits, but historically, the phrase actually refers to a section in a theater where black people were relegated to sitting.
Why? Really, do we need to go over this again?
Why? As The OC Weekly puts its, it's the Native American equivalent to the very racist "Ching Chong Ling Long Ting Tong"/ this racist, terrible rant about Asians in the Library.
Why? The awful "colored" pun in a story about black issues.
Why? The term is supposed to be about being cheated but it's really a slur against gypsies. (It should be noted that Minzesheimer is quoting from a book passage.)
And For Good Measure, Just Avoid These At All Costs:
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