Artie Lange watched First Take and tweeted a stream of jokes about having sex with ESPN’s Cari Champion. The grotesque and demeaning personal nature of the jokes overshadowed whatever humor he was attempting to derive from it. A brief sampling below…
Lange apologized to Champion, though refused to apologize to any PC groups rallying on her behalf.
The Internet may be offended easily and leave little room for subtext. But, one should grasp that before taking to the keyboard. Plumbing the intersection of race, sex and colonial history for humor requires a scalpel. Lange used a sledge hammer and, with his public forum, dehumanized a female journalist.
ESPN termed the tweets “reprehensible.”
"“His comments were reprehensible and no one should be subjected to such hateful language,” the network said in a statement on Wednesday. “They objectify and demean one of our valued employees under the thin guise of “comedy” and are offensive to all of us. We will not dignify them with any other comment.”"