After Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage reported on Tuesday afternoon that ESPN had pulled an Asian-American announcer named Robert Lee off of a University of Virginia broadcast, due to concerns that his name might be “offensive to some viewers.” Given how similar Lee’s name is to that Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
ESPN confessed to achieving the peak of woke later Tuesday night, confirming for all that they had indeed decided to remove an Asian-American play-by-play man named Robert Lee from his assigned duties in Charlottesville. Where he was to broadcast the football game between William and Mary and Virginia.
Twitter users savaged ESPN for their extreme political correctness:
ESPN pulled Asian announcer Robert Lee off the UVa home opener to avoid offending viewers: https://t.co/2Oz22i4Vpx
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 22, 2017
How fitting that a reporter whose name rhymes with “woke” would help break the news?:
ESPN source on the Clay Travis/UVA game brouhaha: There was a sensitivity about Robert Lee, a young, new announcer doing the game…
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 23, 2017
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 23, 2017
We have achieved the Woke Singularityhttps://t.co/OE6x1YAHVu
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 22, 2017
— Odell (@J_DIX62) August 23, 2017
"Welcome to Charlottesville, along with Mike Bellotti, I'm William T. Sherman"
— Ryan Brown (@RyanBrownWJOX) August 22, 2017
An all Union General broadcast team would definitely be a first.
Huh?????There's a Jerry Sandusky that calls games for the Ravens…maybe pull him off too
— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) August 22, 2017
That’s certainly food for thought. Of course, some were so shocked they couldn’t even respond:
— Graham Long (@glongTIGERS) August 22, 2017
Then again, some responded quite eloquently:
— Adam $hisler (@AdamakaFlash) August 22, 2017
Others tried to turn the situation to their advantage:
In light of the ESPN Robert Lee fiasco, can we try to find a confederate general named Joe Buck?
— Dennis Walker (@DennisWalkerJr) August 23, 2017
Though some sought to preserve the history of the moment:
From 1862 until his surrender in 1865, ESPN college football announcer Robert Lee commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. pic.twitter.com/eQKXyXRNgl
— NotKennyRogers (@NotKennyRogers) August 23, 2017
— Scared Goat (@ScaredGoat) August 23, 2017
Some just didn’t know how to react:
About as silly as this. Only in America. You can't make this up. 😂 pic.twitter.com/eXJfV3rqRL
— Shack (@SHACKDADDY26) August 23, 2017