Monday, May 10, 2010

Fan makes Los Suns look like Los Morons

You have probably heard of that idiotic publicity stunt where, in a show of solidarity with the forces in Arizona who oppose the new illegal immigration law, the Phoenix Suns NBA team wore jerseys for Game 2 in their playoff series that were emblazoned with "Los Suns" instead of the usual "Suns."

Of course, there are a couple of things that are hilariously wrong with this whole stunt. If you are going to go all the way with this Spanish thing, the jerseys should have said "Los Soles." Simply putting "Los" in front of a word doesn't make it Spanish.

Additionally, I don't know if anyone else in the media or blogosphere has caught this angle, but why did the Suns pick the Spanish language in order to protest the Arizona law? Isn't that profiling? If the whole reason for opposing the law is that it supposedly allows police officers to profile suspected illegal aliens based on the way they look or speak, why would "Los Suns" do the same thing by automatically assuming that only people who speak Spanish could be illegal aliens?

At the Game 2 where "Los Suns" wore their los jerseys, a creative fan arrived at the game wearing a t-shirt that said "Viva Los 1070." SB 1070 is the name of the law in question. Can you believe security staff at the arena tried to make the man either take off his shirt or turn it inside out? Why weren't the security staff on the floor of the arena making "Los Suns" players turn their jerseys inside out?

Luckily, cooler (and bad PR-aware) heads prevailed. The president of "Los Suns" gave the fan 4 tickets to the next ten "Los Suns" games. It's the least the president could do, seeing as how his security staff had profiled this fan.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

1 comment:

Darren said...

I hadn't heard this story, but then again, I don't follow basketball at all.