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ESPN's Berman: "Feets Don't Fail Me Now"
ESPN/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 12/31/2005 5:11:20 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

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1 posted on 12/31/2005 5:11:21 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Boomer jumped the shark years ago. Unwatchable.


2 posted on 12/31/2005 5:12:52 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

ESPN/NewsBusters ping to the Today Show ping list.


3 posted on 12/31/2005 5:14:17 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"Feets don't fail me now" is racial?! Bugs Bunny says it.


4 posted on 12/31/2005 5:14:23 PM PST by discostu (a time when families gather together, don't talk, and watch football... good times)
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To: Petronski

Agreed. If Berman finds an excuse one more time to air that 20-year old footage of himself catching a pass in a Bucs jersey, I will throw one of my new Timberland boots through my new HDTV screen!


5 posted on 12/31/2005 5:16:05 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: discostu

Bet you anything Bugs hasn't said it in 20 years.


6 posted on 12/31/2005 5:16:47 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Its a Little Feat Song--- Feets Don't Fail Me Now
7 posted on 12/31/2005 5:18:16 PM PST by scott says
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Feets Don't Fail Me Now" - a great Little Feat album. No doubt, the pop-culture loon was referring to that - not something racial.

Pahleeze.

8 posted on 12/31/2005 5:19:07 PM PST by JellyJam (Best headline ever: "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bugs Bunny hasn't said much in 20 years, other than Space Jam there hasn't been a new Warners classic character cartoon since the 60s. "Feets don't fail me now" might be in Space Jam though. Never heard that phrase associated with race ever.


9 posted on 12/31/2005 5:20:07 PM PST by discostu (a time when families gather together, don't talk, and watch football... good times)
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To: JellyJam

Actually, it's titled "Feats Don't Fail Me Now."


10 posted on 12/31/2005 5:20:13 PM PST by JellyJam (Best headline ever: "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!")
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To: discostu

"Feets don't fail me now" is racial?! Bugs Bunny says it.


True... Kind of a stretch I think. He didn't even say it pertaining to a black athlete.


11 posted on 12/31/2005 5:20:24 PM PST by vlad335
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Feets don't fail me now"

An excellent Little Feat album.

Racial? Never knew. ....and there's no way Berman meant it to be so.

12 posted on 12/31/2005 5:21:12 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

That's the name of a "Little Feat" album from about 1970.


13 posted on 12/31/2005 5:22:28 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: JellyJam; scott says

Sorry, guys, but you're wrong.

The expression goes back way further than Little Feat. It was a classic racial stereotype of the frightened black man, a bug-eyed Stepin Fetchit type, who, scared of something, wanted to run away and hoped that his feet wouldn't fail him. And that is exactly the sense in which Berman, old enough to be well-acquainted with the phrase's history, used it.

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14 posted on 12/31/2005 5:23:19 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I think "Feets, don't fail me now" is one of those phrases that has entered the common vernacular. I wouldn't even have realized it ever had any racial connotation if someone didn't point it out and I don't think most people would.

This kind of overreaction has gotten ridiculous.


15 posted on 12/31/2005 5:23:34 PM PST by saquin
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
And that is exactly the sense in which Berman, old enough to be well-acquainted with the phrase's history, used it.

While the Stepin Fetchit-type racist character may have been the origin of the phrase I don't think anyone in 2005 uses it in that context at all.

16 posted on 12/31/2005 5:25:29 PM PST by saquin
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Nah - everybody knows y'can't say anything racially-offensive about a white guy -
1) there isn't much to say and
b) we're more mature than to take seriously anything those kinds of beings say
17 posted on 12/31/2005 5:25:32 PM PST by solitas (So what if I support an OS that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.4.2)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Feets dont fail me now is a Little Feat song. Berman often employs parts of classic rock songs and word plays on players names.


18 posted on 12/31/2005 5:25:52 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
C'mon---
Berman is a knucklehead and wasn't making a racial slur- he was trying to be hip and was referring to this song---
19 posted on 12/31/2005 5:26:23 PM PST by scott says
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

No, sorry, you're wrong. True, that phrase has a long history. But, I'd bet a steak dinner that Berman was referring to the Little Feat album.


20 posted on 12/31/2005 5:26:25 PM PST by JellyJam (Best headline ever: "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Berman is unwatchable, particulary when he does the highlights. His act was old 15 years ago.
21 posted on 12/31/2005 5:26:37 PM PST by BW2221
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To: cardinal4

Are you all that young? It is a quote from old movies where StepinFetchit (a very stereotypical black character) would be in a dark room in a spooky house and hear a strange noise or see some vague ghostly movement and his eyes would bug out and he's say, "Feets, don't fail me now!" And then he'd run like crazy.


22 posted on 12/31/2005 5:26:55 PM PST by DanTheAdmin (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: cardinal4
Feets dont fail me now is a Little Feat song.

I think most people over the age of 18 would realize the phrase was not originated in a Little Feat song.

23 posted on 12/31/2005 5:27:21 PM PST by saquin
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To: saquin

True, see post 22...


24 posted on 12/31/2005 5:28:17 PM PST by DanTheAdmin (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: saquin
This kind of overreaction has gotten ridiculous.

Amen ... this is the kind of crap that comes from the DU crowd.

25 posted on 12/31/2005 5:28:54 PM PST by JellyJam (Best headline ever: "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!")
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To: discostu
"Feets don't fail me now" might be in Space Jam though. Never heard that phrase associated with race ever.

I take it you have never watched a lot of movies from the the 30s and 40s. It was used commonly, usually a black actor would be scared of his/her shadow and when something scary would happen would come out with the expression "feet(not feets) don't fail me now" with his/her eyes bulging out, before running like a scared rabbit(not bugs).

26 posted on 12/31/2005 5:29:45 PM PST by calex59
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To: calex59

See post 22

http://www.africanamericans.com/StepinFetchit.htm


27 posted on 12/31/2005 5:30:26 PM PST by DanTheAdmin (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: DanTheAdmin
Are you all that young? It is a quote from old movies where StepinFetchit (a very stereotypical black character) would be in a dark room in a spooky house and hear a strange noise or see some vague ghostly movement and his eyes would bug out and he's say, "Feets, don't fail me now!" And then he'd run like crazy.

I'm old enough to realize that but frankly I don't think most people, even those old enough to vaguely know the origin, think of it in a racial sense. Frankly, to me it also seems like the kind of thing Lou Costello would have said in "Hold My Ghost" or one of the old Abbott and Costello movies, when confronted by the Invisible Man or whatever. If you had asked me I would have vaguely remembered it in that kind of context (silly, scared guy trying to run away) but wouldn't have immediately associated it with a black character necessarily.

I just don't think anyone saying it these days would do so with a racist intent or even knowledge.

28 posted on 12/31/2005 5:30:48 PM PST by saquin
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To: saquin
I think most people over the age of 18 would realize the phrase was not originated in a Little Feat song.

Have to bump that by a few years. "Feats Don't Fail Me Now" was released in 1990. That would make an 18-yo 2 when it was released.

That being said, "Feets don't fail me now" is a racist statement for anyone who knows about early Amos n Andy and the like.

29 posted on 12/31/2005 5:30:55 PM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: DanTheAdmin

Ok, I missed that post. Thanks for pointing me towards it. It is amazing what young people don't know!


30 posted on 12/31/2005 5:31:42 PM PST by calex59
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To: calex59

The only movies I watch that are over twice my age are film noir, they don't tend to use comedy catch phrases.

I don't buy that as making a phrase "racial" or more importantly offensive 70 years later.


31 posted on 12/31/2005 5:32:35 PM PST by discostu (a time when families gather together, don't talk, and watch football... good times)
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To: freedumb2003

The gold-selling "Feats Don't Fail Me Now" reached No. 36 on Billboard's album chart in the fall of 1974. (I know my pop music; I own Billboard chart books.)


32 posted on 12/31/2005 5:34:18 PM PST by JellyJam (Best headline ever: "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!")
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To: saquin

Well, personally, I believe it’s a touchy point to some older Afro-Americans…


33 posted on 12/31/2005 5:34:53 PM PST by DanTheAdmin (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Huh? Talk about your lame attempt at manufactured controversy. I doubt that anybody other than the author of this piece is "aware" that the allegedly racist 'feets don't fail me now' has any origin outside of a Hanna Barbera cartoon.


34 posted on 12/31/2005 5:35:17 PM PST by r9etb
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To: calex59

You're welcome - and I know that some older blacks still take offense at the phrase.


35 posted on 12/31/2005 5:36:30 PM PST by DanTheAdmin (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: r9etb

Wrong - post 22.


36 posted on 12/31/2005 5:37:02 PM PST by DanTheAdmin (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: r9etb

You're wrong.


37 posted on 12/31/2005 5:37:30 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: JellyJam

I guess I tracked the re-release.

I knew it was old. But I didn't know it was my era (I think I get them confused with the one-hit wonder Firefall).


38 posted on 12/31/2005 5:37:33 PM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
That's racial? I thought that was Bugs Bunny!

Frankly, folks, I thought it was a Brooklyn-ism.

39 posted on 12/31/2005 5:37:38 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: DanTheAdmin
Well, personally, I believe it’s a touchy point to some older Afro-Americans…

When said about a white guy? By someone who obviously didn't mean it in a racist context? And after decades of the phrase being appropriated in other contexts (cartoons, etc.), entering the common vernacular and being stripped of any original racial connotations, for all intents and purposes?

If someone's truly upset by the use of this phrase in this context, they're too touchy.

40 posted on 12/31/2005 5:38:54 PM PST by saquin
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To all who think "feets don't fail me now" isn't racist, I can only ask you to trust me that it has its roots in the worst kind of racial sterotype.

If Rush Limbaugh had ever used the phrase, I have absolutely no doubt it would have been blared all over the MSM immediately with headlines along the lines: "Limbaugh Employs Racist Stereotype".


41 posted on 12/31/2005 5:38:59 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: discostu

Ahh, I didn't say that the statement was racial. I was merely pointing out that it was used, a lot, in old films and at the time was a sterotype of black people. Black people were scared of ghost etc. Today, I doubt if most people would consider it racist. However, I do believe that the liberals would call a conservative on it if it was used by one in any context what-so-ever. Thanks and have a good day.


42 posted on 12/31/2005 5:40:05 PM PST by calex59
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Chris Berman is liberal, but one thing I respect about him, was that he defended Rush Limbaugh and is still friends with him and the 2 of them do talk now and then.


43 posted on 12/31/2005 5:41:23 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: saquin

You may be correct in your feelings, but that doesn't change the reality of the situation. You seem to lack a bit of understanding of cultures other that your own.


44 posted on 12/31/2005 5:41:57 PM PST by DanTheAdmin (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

White people got feets, black people got feets...all God's chirruns got feets.


45 posted on 12/31/2005 5:42:18 PM PST by RichInOC ("...And look at him go!...And he could...go...all...the...way!")
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To: Petronski
You're wrong.

Hm. OK, so there's an old racial angle to it, that I did not know about until just now. Berman is without doubt the same way -- it was a fitting comment, and funny in context.

There's absolutely no way Berman thought he was making a racial comment, and the only racial sentiment involved belongs to ... Mark Finklestein, who decided we needed to make a racial issue out of it -- and for laughable reasons, at that.

The whole premise of Finklestein's article is preposterously stupid.

46 posted on 12/31/2005 5:43:24 PM PST by r9etb
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Thank you - I was beginning to think I was the only one who understood the history of the phrase.


47 posted on 12/31/2005 5:44:44 PM PST by DanTheAdmin (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...I will throw one of my new Timberland boots through my new HDTV screen!

Then hop in the Beemer to go to Starbucks for a double decafe latte with chocolate sprinkles to calm your nerves?

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Sorry, but that was an incredibly yuppie post.

48 posted on 12/31/2005 5:44:50 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Tenure is the enemy of excellence.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
To all who think "feets don't fail me now" isn't racist, I can only ask you to trust me that it has its roots in the worst kind of racial sterotype.

Horse manure. The only way it's racial is because YOU ARE MAKING IT racial. For everybody else, it's just something funny that was said by cartoon characters.

49 posted on 12/31/2005 5:45:03 PM PST by r9etb
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To: r9etb

I believe the preposterously stupid angle on this is "I've just heard of it, so it can't be a big deal."


50 posted on 12/31/2005 5:45:14 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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