Did political correctness just truly jump the shark?

With a boneheaded move to pull an Asian-American announcer from ESPN’s coverage of a University of Virginia football game, the beleaguered sports network has received criticism from across the political spectrum today.

Even CNN, normally pushing this very agenda, was critical. The news network’s Brian Stelter called the move to yank Robert Lee from the home opener “embarassing”.

Deadspin went further with a headline reading “Welp, ESPN shot itself in the d-ck“.

Mediaite published the network’s statement:

We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.

Outkick The Coverage said the move was made “to avoid offending idiots” who might confuse the name with that of General Robert E. Lee.

For conservatives and independents, this kind of overreaction is just what is needed to prove that political correctness is now running amok through the media and our society as a whole.

The big question: Why are we still forced to pay for ESPN as part of our cable packages, at a cost averaging $8-10 a month?

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