Jason Whitlock Rips The Sports Blogosphere Over The Erin Andrews Peephole Incident
As everyone should know by now, Erin Andrews privacy was violated when she was video taped in her hotel room through a peephole. It was an terrible crime that was committed and we all hope the creep who did this to her is caught. Jason Whitlock, on the other hand, used his column as an opportunity to blame every sports blog, mostly Deadspin, for what happened.
Whitlock tries to qualify his column as "attempting to add context and reasonable perspective — two things generally lacking when a favored white woman is wronged in America — to the debate raging in the sports blogosphere about whether blogs contributed to the crime perpetrated against Ms. Andrews
" but what it really is is a hit piece on Deadspin.
Whitlock goes on to say:
Deadspin has been the world-wide leader in sexually objectifying Erin Andrews (ESPN actually trails Deadspin in this category) and in invading the privacy of athletes and members of the sports media, so it is not all that surprising that its editor, AJ Daulerio, would throw the match on gasoline poured by a peephole pervert. Daulerio has since apologized, sort of. Daulerio's original enabler and co-conspirator, Will Leitch, the former editor of Deadspin, offered his apology on Tuesday. Of course, Leitch and Daulerio do everything they can to distance themselves from the crime. Leitch rambles on about how every "upright walking normal human being" he has spoken with is "profoundly disturbed" by this crime against white womanhood. It's all so (freaking) dishonest and biased that I'm embarrassed I read it.
Now here is where Whitlock takes this in a very typical direction for him. He had to add the words white womanhood. Why does it always have to be about race with Whitlock? Is that all that he knows how to write about?
The rest of his column just goes through and picks apart the history of Deadspin and how they have "eliminated the shame of privacy invasion for profit and made it mainstream."
He also rips ESPN for not covering the Ben Rothlesburger story when they ran the Pacman strip club footage and then wraps up his column with this:
The Pacman Jones stripclub video served no journalistic purpose. It was aired on ESPN and everywhere else solely to titillate and entertain. The raw footage didn't help us understand the crime. There was no interaction between Jones, his entourage and the club's bouncers. There were black asses shaking and black entertainers demonstrating how fools depart from their money. It was a reality version of Spike Lee's underrated movie Bamboozled. America couldn't get enough of the Pacman video until Erin Andrews was caught dropping it like it was hot in front of a hotel mirror. ESPN won't cover that story. It's climbed up on some high horse and is passing judgment on the New York Post for running pictures of ESPN's sideline Barbie. How do you think the world-wide leader in hypocrisy would handle it if Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova or Candace Parker had been videotaped? I bet the network would throw together a two-hour documentary on how the video was made. And Leitch and Daulerio would drop the profoundly-disturbed-and-remorseful act.
This is where I start to get upset by this. Whitlock doesn't see the Erin Andrews situation as something that is awful and disgusting but more as something that somehow would have been covered differently if it was a black woman or a non-ESPN employee. He is completely wrong and off base with that attack on ESPN and especially an attack on Deadspin.
My question to you Jason Whitlock is if you find Deadspin so despicable and completely unacceptable, why did Fox Sports run a picture of you looking through a key hole at Erin Andrews as the picture for your column? That is far worse than anything any sports blog has done in regard to this situation. Of course since ESPN or Deadspin didn't do it, it will be OK, won't it Jason?