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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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To: HawaiianGecko; All

This has turned out to be one of the more interesting threads I've ever posted.

I took it for granted that everyone was familiar with the racial background of the phrase, but - largely due to age differences - that obviously isn't true.

Also, many people accused me of being PC, or overly sensitive on racial matters, whereas my only point was that the MSM has a double-standard and would have surely nailed Rush for using the phrase, whereas Berman, a liberal, is likely to get off scott free.

Even so, I predict we won't hear Berman use the phrase again any time soon!


141 posted on 12/31/2005 7:56:12 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"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."

BINGO!!!

We have a winner!

I remember as a kid (prior to PC) watching a movie where Stepin Fetchit was scared and wanted to get away quickly and used the phrase, "Feets, don't fails me now!"

142 posted on 12/31/2005 8:04:38 PM PST by albee ("Those that bite the hand that feeds them will lick the boot that kicks them!" - Eric Hoffer)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
That would have been Alvin Garrett, and the "little bit of flack" he got resulted in his resigning from Monday Night Football.

Wasnt it Charlie Brown? Number 87?

143 posted on 12/31/2005 8:06:41 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

S-t-r-e-t-c-h....


144 posted on 12/31/2005 8:06:46 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Are you familiar with the phrase's background?

Do you believe Rush Limbaugh could say "feets don't fail me now" and not have the MSM come down on him?


145 posted on 12/31/2005 8:09:13 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: albee

Thanks for your support ;-)


146 posted on 12/31/2005 8:09:34 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: cardinal4; Colonel_Flagg

From Answers.com:

"Cosell drew criticism during one Monday Night Football telecast in September, 1983, for calling a wide receiver for the Washington Redskins, Alvin Garrett, a "little monkey." Cosell left Monday Night Football shortly before the start of the 1984 NFL season, claiming that the NFL had "become a stagnant bore." His duties were greatly reduced to just baseball, horse racing, and a sports news program called Sportsbeat."


147 posted on 12/31/2005 8:12:18 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Thanks for the correction, I could have sworn it was Down Town Charlie Brown. On a similar note, wasnt Jimmy the Greek's demise similar?


148 posted on 12/31/2005 8:14:45 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
 
I really didn't get the impression that people were calling you politically correct, but then again, my opinion might have been based upon my attitude and giggling throughout the entire thread. 

I admit I remember the phrase being used by Stepin Fetchit or Flip Wilson but I seriously never thought of it as being racist. I ignore the PC crowd completely and don't feel a bit behind for not knowing this bit of trivia either. It does seem to me that the band Little Feat with Sam Clayton on drums (black and previously worked with Little Richard, Mongo Santmaria and Cal Tjader) wouldn't have named a song "Feats don't fail me now" if anyone thought it to be racist.

I haven't heard anything about Berman except for right here, but if he reads this thread, he won't use the phrase again. It's a shame too; I like the sound of it. It's funny, to the point and has a jingle to it.


149 posted on 12/31/2005 8:40:22 PM PST by HawaiianGecko (Unless I start calling Peshawar using phrases like as "I want my 72 virgins now," I figure I'm safe.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Mantan Moreland

Moreland played Charlie Chan's chauffer in several movies, and he would use that line when trying to solve the crime with Son #2, when they'd get stuck where they shouldn't be with the bad guys coming. It was the comic back-story to many of the Chan films.

It's ironic that the Fox Movie Channel wanted to do a Charlie Chan film festival a few years ago, but were forced to abandon the idea when Asian groups complained about stereotyping.

-PJ

150 posted on 12/31/2005 8:51:19 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: jegoing

The stereotypes I am talking about were for blacks. We are not talking about today. We are talking about in the 1930s and 1940s. If you think racism against blacks didn't exist then and up through the 60s you just don't know what you are talking about.


152 posted on 12/31/2005 9:25:50 PM PST by calex59
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To: Mr. Mojo

What about "For my next impression, Jesse Owens!"

I don't agree with the racist issue here.....


153 posted on 12/31/2005 9:27:45 PM PST by Loud Mime (Build the Border Wall - Enforce the Law)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Birmingham Brown (Mantan Mooreland) said this is several Charlie Chan films also.


154 posted on 12/31/2005 10:38:51 PM PST by packrat35 (The America hating bastards at the NYT must spend their entire life with their heads in the toiletat)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wolf Blitz was a better thread when he said about N.O. person's. They are so poor and so Black.


155 posted on 12/31/2005 10:46:16 PM PST by Brimack34 (I HATE MSM)
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To: timtoews5292004

I know that, but I was talking about his time with Tom Jackson


156 posted on 01/01/2006 3:43:34 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Happy New Year)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

possibly, but Rush went over the line and started talking politics.

I like Rush, but I didn't like what he was saying on the show. I wanted football to be analyzed, not the media.


157 posted on 01/01/2006 3:45:20 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Happy New Year)
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To: DanTheAdmin

You are correct Dan. I remember the movie. It's a Little Feat song, but had racial overtones long before that.


158 posted on 01/01/2006 6:32:06 AM PST by jumperbones (The dreams of a man in his old age, are the deeds of a man in his prime.)
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To: bigj00
When did he defend Rush?

Right after it happened.

Rush was NOT fired but resigned rather then hurt ESPN.

Jackson gave interviews ripping Rush and Berman gave several saying that Rush was being misinterpreted.

Even now, Berman (who is very quick to point out that he is liberal...he doesn't say democrat but actually uses the word liberal) says he still likes Rush, and knows that Limbaugh isn't racist, FWIW, Al michaels also has pretty conservative leanings.

159 posted on 01/01/2006 11:50:04 AM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Sonny M
Jackson gave interviews ripping Rush and Berman gave several saying that Rush was being misinterpreted.

Rush was trying to live a dream and be part of the NFL that he loves. It was IMHO a setup from the get-go.... It was predetermined that he would be made to look like a bigot and a fool in front of a national audience. The spinmeisters and race pimps can make anything that comes out of someone's mouth appear to be whatever they want it to be.

Berman and Jackson neither one were "smart" enough to to be offended when Rush made his statements. They suddenly became offended when their "handlers" told them they were offended.

Jackson looked like a fool trying to explain why he wasn't "offended" and outspoken until after the fact.

I quit watching sportscenter years ago. Their "agenda" and double standards rival that of the other MSM.

160 posted on 01/01/2006 12:26:22 PM PST by darbymcgill
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