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Let’s Get Jemele Hill Fired

RedsArmyAdmin June 15, 2008 Uncategorized 31 Comments

For those who don't know, Jemele Hill is a horrible sports journalist. I once watched her host Jim Rome's show and thought to myself, "A high-school kid could do a better job." She's attacking the Celtics in her latest ESPN Page 2 column…but here's a line sure to piss some people off:

Rooting for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim. It's like hoping Gorbachev would get to the blinking red button before Reagan.

Amazingly, that line made it past the editors at ESPN.com (Journalism 101 – Rule 1.1 – Never reference Hitler). As Deadspin so deftly points out, someone finally had the smarts to take it down. For me, that's not good enough. Let's email ESPN and demand Hill be fired for the simple reason that we shouldn't be exposed to her garbage any longer.

Thanks to Matt for alerting us to the article…and Deadspin for taking it one step further.

 

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  • http://www.redsarmy.com redsarmy

    jemeleespn@gmail.com
    Don’t abuse this. If I find out any of our readers sent her anything but a letter finding her choice of words offensive, you’ll be banned from the site. All notes to her must be civil. Don’t make yourself or Celtics fans look bad.

  • Josh

    I doubt anything will come of this, but one form of sensationalism deserves another. I have emailed Bill O’Rielly, Rush, Sean Hannity, and Lou Dobbs this story. Maybe it could help.

  • papa irish

    haha i hate jemele hill how in the hell did she get a job covering the nba for espn? she should be promptly relocated to exclusively covering the wnba
    noticed how she brought race into play (as every black espn writer does at least once in every article) even though it served no purpose in her article
    this article is like giving a bitter red sox fan a pen directly after the aaron boone home run and telling them to write an article for espn the world wide leader in sports
    pathetic

  • mizzle

    Just left a comment with the link you provided, Chuck. I understand Jemele Hill is supposed to be this controversial, opinionated, gimmicky writer but those comments are just in poor taste. Comparing an entire fan base to the likes of Adolf Hitler supporters? I really do hope espn takes some action, I could manage a month or two without a Jemele Hill article. If I really get a craving to read about the white man holding us back, there’s still always Scoop Jackson.

  • Scoot

    Hill is simply ESPN’s answer to the skeptics who try to prove that sports media is for white men only. Being both female and black, she covers most bases but the quality and integrity of ESPN suffer because of it. I propose a http://www.firejemilehill.com pronto.

  • Scott

    Tom,
    Pull your head out, man. Any DECENT writer (not even a good one), as Chuck mentioned, will not even think about mentioning Hitler in an article. Why would you. I GUARANTEE no one at ESPN is encouraging people to invoke the name of Hitler in their articles. Just not happening. If she didn’t think that to a certain extent, why would she write it? That just doesn’t make sense. Part of being a journalist is writing to express your opinions. I don’t know a single journalist (and yes, I do know a few) that would write something as inflammatory as that, and not actually believe it. Actually I don’t know any that would write anything as inflammatory as that. That is just an amateur move on Jemele’s part. ESPN is supposed to be the WORLDWIDE LEADER in sports coverage. In that position, they should have MUCH higher standards than the likes of Jemele Hill and JA Adande.
    And as for your crack about people “saying stuff like that about the Yankees,” that just isn’t true. Some people might do it, but they aren’t fit to be columnists for ESPN are they? Hmmm….maybe Jemele isn’t either….? You get over yourself. Your argument is flawed in so many ways.

  • zack

    i think they took that comment out..I couldnt find it

  • tom

    seriously? it was a stupid comment, but they [the editors] probably encourage the writers to be controversial. Jemele Hill isnt a bad writer. I think she’s thoughtful and writes about a wide enough variety of topics to be worth checking out. I think she falls into the ESPN-Disney trap. If she was on her own, or worked with competant editors, I think it would be alright. She doesnt actually think that rooting for the Celtics is like rooting for Hitler. Please. People around MA say stuff like that about the Yankees, and no one bats an eye. Get over yourselves.

  • Matt

    So I just posted numerous time along with others and ESPN moderators kept removing any post that talked about the Hitler thing or the fact that she called Boston a racist town. Smells like a cover up to me. She is terrible by the way. This has to get out to the news I think they would eat this up.

  • Tim

    Guys, I think that line that was taken out was fully meant to be toungue in cheek. She’s a diehard Pistons fan who hates the Celts. I think this article has been so overblown. I’m not even a fan of her, I don’t think she really knows a whole lot about any sports but what she wrote is fine. Everyone just chill out. It’s just another bitter fan from Detroit!

  • http://redsarmy.com BigMck

    Let me get this straight, Dre calls me out for writing Sasha Vujacic is a greasy douchebag…but gives Jemele Hill a pass?
    If it wasn’t you who called me out for that one DreinLosangeles, than I apologize.

  • BigC

    I can’t say she should be fired otherwise I would be making a double standard for myself. As things like this always get blown way out of porportion. However, she should be fired for sheer ignorance. Liking anyone or group to Hitler is a big no no and this woman should be reduced to self employment writing blogs. She’s such an idiot and should be held accountable.

  • Chris

    Fired? Nope. Sheesh, every time someone says the word “Hitler” they must be destroyed? OK, it was a stupid line, but if you read her stuff more regularly, you’ll see she’s pretty decent.

  • http://nn jjjjjj

    Don Imus would have been fired. Rush would have been fired.

  • http://bostonsportz.com Aaron

    Chris,
    If you’ve ever read any of her columns you’ll see she’s a complete hack. She’s no better than a mediocre blogger. She just happens to cash a six-figure paycheck from ESPN.
    While this is the most offensive thing she’s ever written, her history of poorly written/thought-out columns is pretty extensive. There are plenty of talented, well-written writers out there who could more than fill her shoes instantly. It’s time for her to go.

  • Larry

    How did she get the job she has? I suggest she must have some questionable pictures of someone on the ESPN management team. Is she really that Stupid to write what she wrote? Looks like it!

  • ranmon

    I don’t even care about the Celtics, and am more against the Red Sox as a Yanks fan. But e-gads will I never say that kind of crap about either team. Hitler? She may not get fired, but you know how deep convictions run when it comes to patriotism for one’s team. She probably wanted to stir the pot, rile up the masses, and so on. Mission accomplished. Here’s my comeback to her:
    “Writing stupid sports analogies in your ESPN column is like writing stupid love letters to the devil’s intern who he already sleeps with. It’s like hoping Bush gets another 8 years”

  • http://medicineagency.com/blog/archives/3011#comment-10448 Ray LeMoine

    This is ESPN the Magazine’s website not the f–king Colmbia Journalism Review or The New Republic. Ease up. You think Hunster S Thompson never said offensive things his ESPN column? Flexing your muscles over a someting that isn’t that big is a waste of your petitioning time. Go protest Darfur or something. She made a bad joke. She obviously doesn’t love Hitler and was writing on a website. Does she really deserve to lose her career?

  • http://funkdigital.wordpress.com funkdigital

    Celtics Suck!!! Patriots too, fanboys.

  • SCP

    Why the warning for JJ? How does comparing this story to Limbaugh and Imus “make us look bad”?

  • http://suburbanconnoisseurs.wordpress.com theironwang

    FUCK YES! i always thought that by hating her writing and journalistic style i was being innately sexist. but finally other people see her in the SAME damn light! get this wannabe out and put in some real respectable journalism, GET SOME BILL SIMMONS IN THIS BIZZNATCH!!!!!!!!
    http://suburbanconnoisseurs.wordpress.com/

  • Mookie

    @ Chris, Jemele just digs up for something racist all the time and it’s irritating.
    Yes, she should be fired, and she should’ve been fired a long time ago.

  • Bergie

    ESPN has always hated boston teams no matter what. when the red sox won the world series they covered it up by saying jeter became a free agent… either way its awful what she said

  • Darren

    This is the same chick who demanded Don Imus be fired over his nappy headed ho comment. I say fire her. Whats good for the old goose, is good for the fat gander. They should be able to say what they want, umm US Constitution people. But if she demands someone be fired for an off the cuff joke, then her pre-meditated slander should cause her to be fired.

  • Michael

    I just read the column, albeit not the actual Hitler comment because it has been deleted. I must admit that this has been way overblown in my opinion – just like everything in America’s over sensitive society. Jemele is a Detroit fan who was just making analogy of her hatred of the Celtics. That said, I however beleive she should be suspended (along with her editor) because, although I think she was just being malicious in the name of sports, should have known better that a “Hitler” comment would stir up controversy. Also, I beleive that her calling for Imus’ firing just came back and bit her in the ass. I’m black and I didnt think he shouldve been fired – calling for someone to be unememployed is just cruel.

  • Justin

    Don’t worry, WBCN’s Toucher and Rich also picked up on this story when it came out, and also sent in requests to ESPN for her to be fired. They also invited any of their listeners to do that as well, which they apparently did and it worked.

  • Mookie

    Okay, an update, Hill has been suspended.

  • Detroit’s Smirking Revenge

    Please, she’s better than you mongrels. She speaks the truth.

  • http://tallulahbankhead.wordpress.com tallulahbankhead

    i think she shouldn’t get fired…i have a feeling eSPN let it stay in the article on purpose.
    because guess what everyone is talking about it.

  • Rich Gray

    ESPN wont fire her.
    They get thousands of emails calling for her to be fired, everytime she writes an article.
    Look at the discussion boards for the articles she writes….95% of the posts are negative.
    We all know how bad she is, but the NAACP, and hiring quotas are a fact of life.

  • Mike

    Here in south Louisiana, we are VEEERRRY familiar with Jemele Hill. During the big sports media speculation orgy over whether Les Miles was going to stay head football coach at LSU or take off to coach at Michigan, his alma mater, Jemele Hill wrote a page 2 article entitled “Les Miles is a Liar.” Exact words. Not “I think he’s lying” or “I suspect he’s not being truthful”, just an unambiguous declaration that Les Miles was lying when he said he was staying at LSU. Of course she was never taken to task for making libelous statements.