Random: I first saw this on a British paper (and it was written better there). For someone who likes to joke and often speaks before thinking, I would be fired everyday if I had a public speaking job. I am against racism (see my posts on Coatesville) but where does it end? We can’t joke? We can’t have humor? I grew up in a time when Pollock jokes were rampant – I didn’t even know a Polish person. We don’t have 7-11’s in our town so Joe if you stop by, we’ll take your Rubees to a Duncan Donuts or to my doctor’s office. For the record – I like Joe. I think he’s a stand up guy and does a good job.
CNBC Host Joe Kernan On Indian Rupee: ‘Are They Good At 7-11?’
The Huffington Post | Posted: 09/25/2013 9:49 am EDT | Updated: 09/25/2013 10:18 am EDT
Squawk Box got a little bit awkward on Friday as one host made some tasteless comments while discussing India’s currency, the rupee.
“Are they good at 7-11?” CNBC personality Joe Kernan mused after mocking an Indian accent. “I’m sorry I take it back, I apologize before I have to,” Kernan said, as his co-hosts Andrew Ross Sorkin and Betty Quick tried to move past the subject as quickly as possible.
Kernan’s comments play off common stereotypes regarding 7-11 franchisees and Asian immigrants. For example, the long-running cartoon show the Simpsons has perpetuated this stereotype with a character named Apu, who has an Indian accent and runs a “Kwik-E-Mart,” a convenience store inspired by 7-11. When the real-life convenience store chain transformed some of its locations into Kwik-E-Marts to promote the Simpsons movie in 2007, some American-Indian store owners weren’t exactly thrilled with the idea, the Associated Press reported at the time.
But at least there are some prominent voices out there looking debunk the stereotype. Indian-American comedian Aziz Ansari told a crowd of comedians earlier this month, “Those stereotypes are so tired! There are more Indians with sitcoms now than 7-11’s.”
Another prominent Indian American Kernan should probably be paying attention to:CNBC Editor-in-Chief Nik Deogun, aka Kernan’s boss.
(Hat tip: Media Matters)