Phil Mushnick Responds To The Brooklyn Nets “New York N—–s” Backlash In Phil Mushnick Fashion
Glenn Davis 03:50 pm, May 04th, 2012
Well, once New York Post troll Phil Mushnick wrote that column disparaging Jay-Z and the Nets' black and white color scheme and suggesting that turning the Nets minority owner really loose would result in the team being re-branded as the "New York N-----s," some reader vitriol in response was guaranteed. What did Mushnick think of the reaction? Bob’s Blitz posted a response from Mushnick to the backlash. He wrote:
Bob – Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common. I don’t call black men the N-word; I don’t regard young women as bitches and whores; I don’t glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand…..Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call black men N—ers?”
Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I’M the racist? Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about.
(Same column I provide support for Amar’e Stoudemire at a time when everyone in town is ripping him to shreds. That was my LEAD, too, but what does that matter?)
Well, of course people are going to pay attention to the most provocative thing Mushnick writes, especially when he’s been an unabashed shit-stirrer for years now. And he does some of it in his response, too, with the "worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture" thing ("enslaving" seems a loaded word to use there, no?). As far as Mushnick not calling black people the N-word, no, we’re sure he doesn’t, but black people weren’t exactly the ones who originated that practice (if anything, it was a response to try and take the meaning from the term).
As far as the whole "bitch" issue goes – no, using that word isn’t great, something Jay-Z has acknowledged himself. The fact that Mushnick acts like Jay-Z is the most profane rapper out there and laments the damage he does to "black-American culture" while practically fainting at the supposed awfulness of a black-and-white team color scheme as something so obviously "urban" (and, seemingly, bad) suggests someone who maybe doesn’t have a tremendous grasp of that culture in the first place.
And yes, we’re sure there were many people who looked at what Mushnick wrote and automatically assumed he actually believed the racist and sexist terms he was using. He didn’t, but he had to know there’d be backlash. He was all but begging for it. And to now paint himself as a victim because of that backlash he had to know was coming, because again, he is a professional troll? That’s Phil Mushnick for you.
Oh, and Bob’s Blitz also said that the New York Post’s editors were fine with what Mushnick wrote, so anyone thinking he might be out of a job soon: not so much. Phil Mushnick will keep right on being Phil Mushnick. Great.