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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Racist Hispanics?? What Next?

LOS ANGELES (May 30) -- A television skit about the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament that drew on African stereotypes has sparked outrage among black activists and earned an apology from the Spanish-language network Univision.

The skit aired Friday on the morning show "Despierta America," or "Wake Up America," and included hosts wearing Afro wigs, hoisting small spears and dancing to what Los Angeles civil rights activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson described as a "faux jungle music beat. They seem to be thoroughly enjoying their romp through every vile, vicious and offensive stereotype that's come down the pike on Africans."

Univision officials apologized Saturday for the skit. "It is completely unacceptable and against our policies, standards and practices. We sincerely apologize to our viewers and all who were offended."

Hutchinson told the Los Angeles Times he was pleased by Univision's rapid response and quick recognition of the problems with the skit. "They took corporate responsibility," Hutchinson said. "They acknowledge there was a major problem about a show on Univision promoting stereotypes about Africans."

"Despierta America" airs from Miami. The skit was meant to tie-in with the start of the World Cup, a quadrennial tournament of national teams that is one of the most popular sporting events in the world. It begins June 11 and runs for about a month.

And again,..THIS is why soccer will never be a dominant sport in the US!!

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