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Not worth responding to the wonderful whataboutism or the "some history with racism" that rounded out this train wreck, but this just struck me.I know in the usa there are some history with racism, but in my eyes this chauvinistic words are also a kind of racism.
You think those comments are...racist? I, uh. Hm. That's a new one, have to hand you that.
(There's actually a word for discriminating against sex...sexism.)
Larson deserved everything he got over the last few days. It wasn't "just a word", it was a word embroiled in a long history of use in dehumanizing, oppressing, and enslaving an entire race. It is literally the one word in the English language that is unanimously not used. Pretty easy to avoid. And Larson used it to....test his microphone. His casualness makes it pretty easy to assume he uses it commonly. Abhorrent.
Even if we remove the entire racist/historical context of the word, this is a sport entirely based on sponsorship. If you're a company and you're spending millions of dollars to sponsor this guy, he sure as hell shouldn't be doing anything that can cause harm to your brand. That is literally the antithesis of sponsorship. There are countless other drivers that would be willing to take his spot and not cause a PR nightmare for their sponsors. Pretty easy decision.
Lastly, this has led me to believe that as a sport, we will never be able to shed the "racist redneck" stereotype. Even if Larson hadn't said this, the comment sections for a lot of these articles are absolute trash with a frighteningly large amount of people just dismissing this as "liberal PC", "just a word", and ignoring any possibility that there's a problem with it. Disappointing, really.