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Old 02-20-2013, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thought I would post this here... saw this as a trending article and i know that there are alot of south asian users on this board... i just find this truly ignorant.


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Gurdeep Ahluwalia and Nabil Karim hosted Sportscentre and the backlash was appalling

By Neate Sager | Eh Game 7 hours ago

Anyone old enough to read this is too old to need a reminder about the evils of racism. It's just disappointing, if not surprising, when this happens.

Tuesday's late-night TSN Sportscentre was hosted by Gurdeep Ahluwalia and Nabil Karim. There was a backlash on Twitter in 2012 when Ahluwalia and Karim, who are both brown men, debuted with the network. Tuesday was just as bad for comments that, rather than put a damning label on people, should just be called dumb.

One has to wonder where people are coming from when they cannot handle having two brown men narrating sports highlights. One can understand a disappointed reaction upon tuning in and not seeing the familiar faces of funnymen Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole at the anchor desk. But how does it go from that to this?

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Two arabs on tsn talking about hockey... Interesting
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Adam @iamthearch

Does TSN have a punjabi network now or something?
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Dome Beers @DomeBeers

Which one is harold and which one is kumar? #tsn
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Pierre Beasse @PBeas91

When did TSN move to the middle east? #WTF #WheresJayAndDan #NeedMyBedtimeFix
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Derek Bowler @derekboner

Awww the girlfriend must have bought me punjabi sports channel. Lover o so much. Suck it #tsn #notcricket #hrudey pic.twitter.com/CEzfBnkf
A few came to their senses and offered apologies. But was it because of the heat generated by their comments or from actually understanding, for instance, how low it is to make a terrorist 'joke' about anyone who is brown? Hard to tell.

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Apologies to #nabil and #gurdeep and everyone that's yelling at me on here. It was a joke, not supposed to offend anybody! #mybad
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Gurdeep Ahluwalia and Nabil Karim hosted Sportscentre ? and the backlash was appalling | The Eh Game - Yahoo! Sports Canada
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I read this earlier. It doesn't surprise me. It saddens me, but it doesn't surprise me. Has anyone read the comments section of newspaper articles? Read some after the Raptors play or when they're receiving front page coverage ahead of the Leafs. Do you know how many times I read the term "monkey"? It's fucking sickening.

The nice thing about twitter, is at least it posts your real name, unlike many comment sections.
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Doesn't surprise me either, ignorance at it's finest. I hope TSN puts these dudes on together many more times after this.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Doesn't surprise me either, ignorance at it's finest. I hope TSN puts these dudes on together many more times after this.
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I read this earlier. It doesn't surprise me. It saddens me, but it doesn't surprise me. Has anyone read the comments section of newspaper articles? Read some after the Raptors play or when they're receiving front page coverage ahead of the Leafs. Do you know how many times I read the term "monkey"? It's fucking sickening.

The nice thing about twitter, is at least it posts your real name, unlike many comment sections.
Ridiculous! The state of sports fans in this country is just sad. And with these teams playing in a city like Toronto (muti cultural) you would think this would be less of an issue. Disgusting!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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why not look at the positives? we have two CANADIANS who happen to be of South Asian descent doing the news. I think it's awesome, and a testament to how progressive the vast majority of this country actually is.

I just hope Nabil and Gurdeep don't think on it too much and keep going, because when the majority of this country flips over to TSN in the morning they just see two well dressed cats who are actually really good at their jobs.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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that's unfortunate.

People 'speak' on the internet like it offers some kind of safety blanket or annonymity (which i guess it does). Wether it's twitter, message boards or even just comments after a youtube or something like that. My wife and i were talking about this very thing a while back. You can't say certain things in public or out loud without suffering certain consequences, yet it seems you can get away with it perfectly fine online and it can get pretty scary when you think of things like internet bullying and what have you (the kind of stuff that young people kill themselves over) It's unfortunate and something should be done to change it or at least real life consequences should apply to certain innapropriate behaviour on the internet.

In any event i hope Nabil and Gurdeep get a nice long run of hosting the show and honestly, i'll be a bit disapointed in TSN if they change the lineup up right away.
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