Jemele Hill Comments On The Hitler Double-Standard

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I honestly felt bad for Jemele Hill when she got suspended for her Hitler comment. It wasn't because I thought she shouldn't have been suspended, but rather the way various Bostonians and certain radio shows treated her in the following weeks. Well, now in the wake of yet another Hitler reference made by an employee, not only does she have to live with here original mistake, but she now has to deal with a possible double standard by her employer.

Hill actually spoke to A.J. from Deadspin today, and here were her thoughts on Holtz, Hitler and ESPN's policies....

The last couple days I've been inundated with calls and e-mails because of the Lou Holtz controversy. He made an inappropriate Hitler reference. I made an inappropriate Hitler reference. We both apologized, but only I was suspended.

A lot has been written about this. Many have said that ESPN treated me unfairly. The 64,000 question: How do I really feel?

My initial answer is a story, or rather, a moment. A couple years ago, I was visiting the Poynter Institute, one of the foremost journalism think tanks in the country, and I sat in on a session taught by one of my favorite columnist and people, the Washington Post's Sally Jenkins.

A student asked her if she ever got upset when other writers rewarded — particularly if she knew they weren't as good. And Sally said — and I'm paraphrasing here — that she always prided herself on keeping her eyes on her own career.

That's my answer. That's how I feel.
I'm not trying to paint Jemele as a victim in any way, but I can't imagine how frustrating it was for her to read about the non-suspension yesterday. That however, is far and away the right way to handle any situation, and after all of this nonsense, Hill actually comes out looking like she used the suspension productively.

As far as ESPN is concerned, it had been awhile since they had come across as looking hypocritical, but with these last two stories today, you have to wonder what in the hell they were thinking in both instances. No matter how you look at it, the overwhelming sentiment is that punishment for a crime was different for a young black woman, than an old white man. The ultimate lesson though, is that everyone needs to just avoid "Hitler references" altogether.

Jemele Hill Just Taking This Whole Lou Holtz-Hitler Backlash in Stride (Deadspin)

30 Comments:

Suspend Hill for being a shitty writer.

Anonymous said...
Oct 21, 2008, 4:56:00 PM  

Live TV slip ups are different than an article that you can edit at any time.

JFein said...
Oct 21, 2008, 5:07:00 PM  

AA,
It is time to bury Jemele Hill. Who cares what her reaction is? So she is a member of the HITLER ELITE and we are supposed to get her reaction? F her.

Anonymous said...
Oct 21, 2008, 5:18:00 PM  

I worked with this piece of trash in Lansing and the reason she got suspended is because she is Jemele Hill. Period. End of Story. She does not belong in any breath near Lou Holtz.

Anonymous said...
Oct 21, 2008, 5:24:00 PM  

Leave Hitler references to hilarious animated TV shows.

GMoney said...
Oct 21, 2008, 5:42:00 PM  

Hitler liked to trash people anonymously in the comment section of sports blogs too. ;-)

Jay said...
Oct 21, 2008, 5:48:00 PM  

@G$: I know I should've DVR'ed that Family Guy. And not eaten that Triple Steak Burrito.

Oct 21, 2008, 5:50:00 PM  

Bury Jemele Hill, suspend her for being a shitty writer, ignore the issue at hand, obviously.

Classy, anons.

Signal to Noise said...
Oct 21, 2008, 5:57:00 PM  

Signal..DIAF

Anonymous said...
Oct 21, 2008, 6:25:00 PM  

Brian, AJ didn't "speak to" Jemele that I know of; that quote you have is verbatim from her blog.

I sent it to AJ; I should know.

Andy said...
Oct 21, 2008, 6:27:00 PM  

I think Lou had the chance to apologize immediately and she didn't exactly apologize...

And she bascially said that anyone who cheers for the Celts (WHITE PEOPLE) are Nazis because they feel sympathy towards Adolf.

She wrote it, Lou bumbled in real time.

What a hack.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 21, 2008, 6:29:00 PM  

I hope Jemele quits over this.

That would be great.

JFreak said...
Oct 21, 2008, 6:56:00 PM  

Neither person was punished enough.

The double standard was appropriate because they were different situations. Lou should have been suspended and Jamele should have been fired.

Pip said...
Oct 21, 2008, 8:38:00 PM  

I will pay any ESPN editor handsomely to sprinkle a few "Hitlers" in a Scoop Jackson column.

Bigface said...
Oct 21, 2008, 8:45:00 PM  

"She does not belong in any breath near Lou Holtz."

I agree. A Holtz exhale could kill a zoo.

P.S. Jemele Hill sucks, etc.

Bigface said...
Oct 21, 2008, 8:56:00 PM  

She looks like Ron Shipp.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 21, 2008, 9:14:00 PM  

Jemele Hill's comments about Nazis were actually offensive and Lou Holtz's were actually comical. Holtz was just trying to prove a point when he said what he said; he wasn't intending to make fun of people. Hill's comments on the other hand were mean-spirited and were directed at Celtics fans. ESPN was correct to suspend Hill and not discipline Holtz. It is stupid to say that there is a double standard when these were 2 different situations.

On a side note, does anyone actually enjoy Jemele Hill's work? When they started adding her to Cold Pizza/First Take, that made me stop tuning in. She is not very knowledgeable about sports. Did anyone see when she filled in for Jim Rome on Rome is Burning? She pretty much was just reading the teleprompter. It was a train wreck. As for her writing, it is mostly biased trash. She plays the race card more than I play the Draw Two card when playing UNO.

Anonymous said...
Oct 22, 2008, 1:28:00 AM  

Hitler? Who said anything about Hitler?

/Mr Tony

odessasteps said...
Oct 22, 2008, 1:48:00 AM  

ESPN didn't think David Aldridge was good enough, but Jemele Hill is? My brother-in-law is tight with Skip Bayliss and Skip told him that ESPN execs have told him to "go easy on Jemele" during First take to not expose her as a fraud.. which she is. They know.

Anonymous said...
Oct 22, 2008, 6:50:00 AM  

FUCK ESPN AND ALL WHITE PEOPLE!!!JEMELE HAS A BIG ASS. MCCAIN FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!1

Anonymous said...
Oct 22, 2008, 9:10:00 AM  

She should shut up considering she's a product of Affirmative Action.

No way ESPN hires her if she's white.

Jake said...
Oct 22, 2008, 9:12:00 AM  

She probably should've shaved before this picture... That goatee gives Clue Haywood a run for his money

Anonymous said...
Oct 22, 2008, 9:21:00 AM  

I'm a big David Aldridge fan too. He's the black John Stossel.

Stop me if I'm being racist.

Bigface said...
Oct 22, 2008, 9:24:00 AM  

She called me a Nazi for liking my hometown team. Lou Holt said Hitler was a great leader but still a dbag.

One made a mistake. The other made an offensive mistake. ESPN was right in the way they handled it.

And I still wouldn't fuck Jemele with Scalabrine's dick.

t hinds said...
Oct 22, 2008, 9:33:00 AM  

Yes, but would you fuck Lou Holtz?

Bigface said...
Oct 22, 2008, 11:08:00 AM  

i wanna fuck dana jacobsons big ass.

Anonymous said...
Oct 22, 2008, 11:18:00 AM  

hill definitely looks like she has a beard. wheres the makeup?

Anonymous said...
Oct 22, 2008, 11:19:00 AM  

"Did anyone see when she filled in for Jim Rome on Rome is Burning? She pretty much was just reading the teleprompter"

LOL. And Rome doesn't read from a teleprompter? Further more, he has writers write his material for him.

Still, he is one of the few people on ESPN that give any form of an opinion.

ESPN = garbage.

Anonymous said...
Oct 22, 2008, 12:38:00 PM  

Holtz is a moron. He should be punished too. I guess if you have anything to do with Notre Dame, you're granted immediate immunity.

Brad James said...
Oct 22, 2008, 1:41:00 PM  

>>Hill actually comes out looking like she used the suspension productively.<<

Her drivel is posted on espn.com about once a week. She had a column posted less than a week after the "suspension" was announced. So what, exactly, did this suspension entail?

And I'm fairly certain that Foghorn Leghorn was referring to the picture above when he made his "two miles of bad road" quote.

Al said...
Oct 26, 2008, 10:20:00 AM  

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