• Petitioned ESPN/ABC/Walt Disney

This petition was delivered to:

ESPN/ABC/Walt Disney
President of ESPN
John Skipper
Walt Disney Board Member and CEO of Sybase
John Chen

Deliver an ON-AIR apology before the start of Sunday's Knicks game

    1. Eric Chou
    2. Petition by

      Eric Chou

      Albany, CA

With its 'Chink in the Armor' headline, ESPN has managed to tarnish the otherwise inspiring groundswell of cross-cultural and multi-generational support for Jeremy Lin and his emergence into the NBA limelight, and take what is best in America -- the celebration of the underdog -- and degrade it with the worst of America -- blatant, demeaning racism.

We hope that you, as a Walt Disney board member and Asian American, find this careless and ignorant use of language to be both insulting and inexcusable and worthy of a public On-air apology before tomorrow's Knicks game broadcast against the Mavericks.

Recent signatures


    1. Journalist fired. Messages sent. Let's enjoy the game!

      Eric Chou
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone - Petitions at 116 and counting. I also sent an e-mail to John Skipper (yup that's really his last name), the president of ESPN via LinkedIn's InMail. The journalist was rightfully fired and editor suspended for 30 days. ESPN issued a formal apology again this time apologizing to Jeremy Lin as well, which was nice. I also sent a head's up to the Asian American Man blog (thanks again Keith for that suggestion as well!). We'll see what comes about as all this but at the very least, we can take pride in taking action and making our thoughts and opinions heard. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for signing, sharing and supporting this petition!

      All the best,


    2. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • thomas parker PRINCETON, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      2012 and we are still dealing with racial slurs.

      Hall off shame for you guys

    • Jeanne Jacobs MATTAPAN, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Shameful! Who's minding the store? Archie Bunker?

    • K Borer NEWTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe a racist statement like that demands an apology. As a Disney stock holder, I am outraged.

    • Bonnie Cheng OBERLIN, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      A tasteless & cheap way to kill inspiring, unifying enthusiasm for a talented guy. The disguised "criticism" just shows ESPN's insensitivity (stupidity). Recognizing that the problem runs deep (would you tolerate criticism of his faith either?) and publicly apologizing is the only way people will learn that it's unacceptable.

    • Ram Gordon WYNCOTE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      This was an awful, racist headline. Jeremy Lin and all Asians deserve better.


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