Canadians Furious Over Jimmy Fallon Blue Jays Monologue Joke
And by that we mean they're slightly annoyed, because this is Canada after all. In fact by now they may have forgotten about it entirely.
But many are calling it racist, others just say it's misinformed. You be the judge.
In his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday, Fallon mentioned the Blue Jays clinching the AL East, sending them to the playoffs for the first time in 22 years. In the joke, Fallon mentions "a bunch of guys from the Dominican Republic playing for a team in Canada." Well, see for yourself:
I know that it wasn't exactly an ESPN report and that the idea was to try and make you laugh, but that's still pretty stupid. It was also a remark like this that got a local radio personality fired in San Francisco a few years back (see below). But since this is Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, we know that's not going to happen. Let's take a look at the Blue Jays' roster:
The Jays have exactly two players from the Dominican Republic: Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista. Does that qualify as "a bunch"? A more accurate observation would have been "A bunch of players from Venezuela", since the Jays have three players from that country. Anyway, the joke probably got Donald Trump all fired up. Too bad the Jays actually have more Canadians on their roster than either Dominicans or Venezuelans.
Sample Canadian Facebook reaction:
Coincidentally, Fallon made an "appearance" on South Park on Wednesday:
Now let's take the Wayback Machine to Aug., 2005, when KNBR Radio SportsTalk host Larry Krueger made an unfortunate observation about the Giants, who were not doing so well that season. At one point during his rant about the team, Krueger called the Giants "a bunch of brain-dead Caribbean hitters hacking at slop nightly."
That got Krueger fired. And the following day two KNBR producers got canned as well when this happened (San Francisco Chronicle):
Giants manager Felipe Alou refused to accept an apology from Krueger. Alou appeared on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program Monday night and called Krueger "this messenger of Satan, as I call this guy now. ... And I believe there is no forgiveness for Satan."
On Tuesday morning, KNBR aired Alou's sound bite from "Outside the Lines" and then parodied it with Satan references from the Comedy Central show "South Park."
Does Fallon's joke rise this level? Nah, probably not. About the worst you can say about him is that he's a Yankees fan, and his writers are too lazy to Google a baseball roster.
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