kab21 wrote:It's not surprising that Mr blue jay is trying to spin this.
If you call "spinning" presenting the facts of this story, then yes, that's exactly what I did. The cultural difference here explains quite a bit about what happened and why many Latin players/coaches/media have come out in defense of Yunel using what's considered a slur in our culture.
this is nothing different than an idiot calling someone a homo, nigga, jew or any of the derogatory slurs. This isn't a translation issue.
It's called a cultural disconnect. Did you read the book link I posted about how Cuban culture is much different than North American culture when it comes to expressing feelings about race, gender, sexuality, and physical appearance? An interesting read to say the least.
It's an immaturity issue and most people grew out of that by age 20 (hopefully) regardless of their language. It really isn't funny.
Except age really has nothing to do with maturity. We'd like to believe it does, but it doesn't. And is it really a huge surprise that a bunch of big kids (or in Omar Vizquel's case, a really old kid) still playing a game for money immaturely joke around like this with regularity?
I apologize for using the idiot slur but he is.
He's an idiot for not being aware of what's considered appropriate in North America, sure. He's been out of Cuba for a while now. But do I believe he had any malicious intent or any ill-will in doing what he did? Not at all. Looked like some clubhouse humor that went wrong and he seemed more ignorant than anything else about it.