Over the weekend, much commotion was made about the various Fukudome T-shirts and bandanas that were being sold at Wrigley Field. The one item that's caused the most controversy is the "Horry Kow!" T-shirt that is apparently now banned from being sold by vendors, which featured a slant-eyed Cubbie, decked out in Harry Caray glasses, with Fukudome's last name and number on the back.
In a post on ChicagoSports.com, writer Rahula Strohl was offended and then opened up the forum to some of his commenters to explain why the T-shirt was not offensive. Of course there were some people who agreed with Stohl, including this enlightened commenter who did his own due dilligence in order to come to this conclusion as to why it was offensive:
What's wrong with you guys who defend the t-shirt? Fukudome does not like the shirt, whatever the intent, good or bad, who cares? He does not like the shirt and he is offended, why people try to impose the shirt on him and other Asians (myself included) as being "ok" confuses me. Also, what doesn't even make sense to me is that the "L" and "R" make some sense but since when did "C" and "K" become a pronounciation issue for Asians? I just watched all 3 Karate Kid movies just to make sure and Pat Moriata never had a problem saying "C."
Words Cannot Describe It [ChicagoSports.com]