"Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don’t like them and won’t watch them ... Because they’re so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something’s not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what’s called a 'kiss-and-cry' area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won ... So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they’re done, when we can move on to March Madness — for God’s sake, let the games begin."
Hmmm. Let the questions begin. The actual transcript has been removed from HBO's site, but the curiosity remains.
-- What do Republicans have to do with this? Are they all white? Are Democrats all black? Is activist-journalist Gumbel showing his own political and racial prejudices?
-- What would happen if any white commentator had said he doesn't watch the NCAA's March Madness because it "looks like a Nation of Islam convention"? (I find that abhorrent.)
-- Despite Gumbel's viewing preferences, is it really fair to hold the Winter Olympics responsible for geography? After all, the great bulk of blacks outside the USA live in countries where winter sports are alien ... or is there some belief out there that an affirmative action-like program is necessary to fix this particular sporting event?
-- Why must so many people inject race as a divider when it's simply not?