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Saturday, June 11, 2005

A 49er Training Video

I'm really behind on this little piece of news, as it was posted on Asian-Nation over a week ago, but it turns out that we really don't have to worry about Long Duk Dong coming back, George Chung, a 49ers trainer is willing to fill those really big shoes. What a patriot. It seems that awhile ago, the media got hold of a 49er training video, and one excerpt about players and the PR department has turned a few heads in the APIA community, as well as many other communities since the rest of the video pokes fun at gays, lesbians, and more. In the segment that I've seen, Sement 2 of 8 (all 8 can be downloaded here), PR guy (now looking for a new job) Kirk Reynolds goes to Chinatown where he proceeds to enter into a witless banter with a "random Chinese guy on the street" named Suk (yes, that is a sexual double entendre) played by George Chung, trainer of the 49ers, doing his best buck-toothed Long Duk Dong impression. What follows are a series of "jokes" all making racial fun at Chinese as hapless half-wits blissfully ignorant of how ridiculous their accent sounds with the r/l pronounceation. It's like Team America without the puppets. Also underscored is the massive desexualization of the Asian man, for of course, he is completely unaware of the several sexual jokes he's making.

First stop, Chinatown. Reynolds says the team reads everything written about the players and the organization. Then, to illustrate the point, a bespectacled, buck-toothed Chinese man in an aloha shirt (played by then-49ers trainer and martial arts expert George Chung) is asked to translate an Asian newspaper story.

Sure — the man says in theatrical Asian accent. "Tim Latte (Rattay, a Niners quarterback). He feel good now. He feeling good. No plactice with the team, so most of the time he play with himself."

Another show stopper: "49ers love being in community. Very patriotic . . . support president and his George Bush erection."

"Erection?" Reynolds asks.

"Yes," the Chinese man responds. "It say, 'You like Bush — then you like his erection.'

"My name is Suck Hung,'' the Chinese man says as he's leaving. "My brother's name is Suck Young — my whole family suck."

And that's just the film's opener.

Now, Kirk Reynolds is out of a job, and I assume Chung no longer works for the 49ers, as the SF Gate mentions him as "then trainer". Nonetheless, I expect this embarassment shouldn't be quietly swept under the rug -- not just Reynolds and Chung are to blame, but, as with most PR embarassments, a video like this had to undergo several tiers of approval before being released. Not just one person but an entire department thought that a video of this nature would be okay for distribution. And it's they who must now be educated. In an unrelated story, except for the ongoing sports theme, Asian-Nation also reports that Danny Graves, a hapa (or AmerAsian) baseball player was fired from the Cincinnati Reds for flipping off a fan. The fan definitely had it coming though -- the guy reportedly said "Go back to Vietnam, you slant-eyed (vile epithet)!" to Graves immediately prior to the unforgivable bird-giving. It's good to see the sports industry is so racially understanding.

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