Have you seen is the 49ers training video that’s apparently appearing on the internet? It seems that the 49er’s publicist made a tremendously racist and sexist video in the hopes of giving the team some diversity training in terms of dealing with the press. People are shocked and dismayed, up in arms over the fact that some frat boy public relations flunkie resorted to adolescent hijinks as a means on entertaining the team while attempting to make them more understanding towards minorities and women. I am neither shocked nor dismayed.
After seeing what are apparently the most offensive clips from the video, I’ll point out that the video merely mocks the fact that diversity training even exists, rolling its eyes at the notion that steroid packed goons who don specific colors while rolling around on grass are capable of sensitivity. These guys don’t care nor are they paid to, and I maintain that these players could find dirty jokes and raunchy racial humor in a Nora Ephron film. They live in locker rooms. What do you expect?
What I found most offensive, more so than the stereotypical bucktoothed Asian stumbling over words or the naked 18 year old girls obliviously standing around applying make-up, which I will point out, was completely ripped off from Revenge of the Nerds, was that this video wasn’t even funny. It was stupid.
I know lots of sporty boys who delight in offensive humor. And they can be pretty fucking hilarious. One would think, or at least hope, that if a major national sports organization was to produce a highly offensive mockumentary training video with the intention of entertaining a football team in between strip clubs and steroids, that they could come up with something slightly amusing…