December 8, 2010

Pang Destined for Sensitivity Training after On-Air Gaffe?

It's something you don't ever want to have happen to you... come across as a White supremacist on national television, or at all for that matter, but now TSN analyst Darren Pang will have to deal with a whole lot of evil looks into the long term. And that bald head of his sure doesn't help matters.

On Tuesday, during TSN's coverage of the Montreal Canadiens - Ottawa Senators game, Pang suggested Habs defenseman P.K. Subban, who is black, model his game after St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who is white. Normally, minute details such as these wouldn't matter all that much, at least not in our socially advanced, colour-blind civilization (or so we at least like to believe), but Pang committed a slip-of-the-tongue of colossal proportions, saying that Subban ought to do things "the white way" instead of the right way. He corrected himself immediately, as if no one would notice, but later apologized, perhaps realizing that everyone, in the hockey-watching world, did.

Now, I'm not saying that Pang is an actual racist... there is little to no other actual proof to that effect. All this likely adds up to is a really embarrassing moment for him, one that likely caused really awkward ones in bars tuning into the game on TSN. He might not get put back on the air for a while if the mail to TSN in response to the gaffe is about as large as one would have to expect, but his career being derailed after something like this is unlikely to say the least. I wonder though who he would blame if he did lose his job.

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