Pedro Martinez Makes Racially Insensitive Joke About Indians on Columbus Day (Video)
Oh man, somebody needs to sit down with Pedro Martinez and give the guy a crash course on racial sensitivity.
The Hall of Fame pitcher was working TBS’s postgame coverage of Game 3 of the ALDS between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians on Monday night, and he made a couple of really ill-advised jokes. First, speaking metaphorically, the former Red Sox ace said he used to hunt Indians, which is a very disturbing thing to say seeing as how Indians are people, not animals. Then Pedro went and “paid tribute” to the Cleveland Indians baseball team by making the offensive, stereotypical Indian sound.
Take a look:
— Jessie Karangu (@JMKTV) October 11, 2016
Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m being a f*cking piece of sh*t PC liberal p*ssy. But before you fill up the comments section with bad words and insults, please try to imagine the outrage if a white guy went on TV and joked about hunting black people, or if, in this day an age, a black guy joked about hunting white people. It’s just not good.
Then there’s the Indian war call. While it’s never really a good idea to engage in cultural stereotypes, Pedro’s actions Monday were especially ill-timed. You see, Monday was Columbus Day, which many Native Americans believe to be a celebration of the conquest and genocide inflicted upon their peoples by European settlers.
Did Pedro Martinez mean to offend anyone? No. But he almost certainly did, and the folks at TBS need to have a little talk with him.
Hat Tip – [Bro Bible]