According to NY Daily News, the ESPN editor Anthony Federico who wrote the racially slurred headline that caused furry Saturday has been fired.
“Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin’s 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-stopping Loss to Hornets” caused furry Saturday when it was posted to ESPN’s website. It was removed within the hour of being posted.
The phrase “Chink in the armor” has been used many times to refer to the weakness a person possesses. However, it has caused furry among many as “chink” is a also a derogatory term for Asians.
The use of “chink” as a racial slur was an unintended consequence and because of it a man was fired.
I am Asian and I do understand the negative connotations with “chink”- as I have been called it before. But my heart does go out to the ESPN editor who has been fired due to the unintentional use of a racially motivated word.
Yes, he should have been more careful and seen immediately that “chink” when linked to an Asian person (even if it is used in a phrase) is going to cause anger among people.
However, his actions (I believe) were not done maliciously. I think he acted sloppily in letting something like this slip through and be posted on the Internet. But I do not think he deserved to lose his job, and possibly his career, over it.