Olympic Gold medalist Chloe Kim, victim of inappropriate comment by Radio DJ

On February 13th, radio show host Patrick Connor made highly questionable comments about Chloe Kim while discussing the Olympics on his radio sports show.

He said, “Her 18th birthday is April 23, and the countdown is on, baby, cause I got my Wooderson going. That’s what I like about them high school girls.” The “Wooderson” part was referencing a character from the movie Dazed and Confused, who pursued high school girls even though he himself was far removed form high school. He continued to say “She’s fine as hell! If she was 18, you wouldn’t be ashamed to say that she’s a little hot piece of a**. And she is. She is adorable. I’m a huge Chloe Kim fan.”

Connor had made these comments during the radio show Dialed-In with Dallas Braden. In the audio clip, you can hear his co-stars laughing and doing nothing to correct his brazenly disgusting comments.

KNBR, a studio he also worked for, fired him on Wednesday February 14th. However, he is still working at the station, Barstool Sports, where he made his comments.

The apology he issued was a shallow attempt to save face, even though Braden had issued a warning to Connor, stating that this is something to take very seriously, is a very severe situation, and that he’d get fired if he did something like this again.

I believe a warning is not enough. I understand the idea of second chances and providing someone the chance to change, but in these cases of sexualization of minors, there should be no doubt about immediate repercussions. Connor should have been fired from not only KNBR, but also from Barstool Sports show.

This kind of situation is in direct correlation with the over sexualization of Asian women, especially young women, and the rampant sexism in sports. This, however, is not the first time Barstool Sports has come under fire for sexist comments. In January, the company’s CEO Erika Nardini had stated that, “This is a company that intentionally is not PC,” and “At our core, our guys just want to do things that are funny and that’s what I’m focused on and that’s what I believe in.”

However, the issue with an intentionally not “PC” company, and allowing people to say what they think is funny, is that it leads to situations like the Chloe Kim one. When one removes the barrier of “PC,” one removes the protection of minors, and marginalized groups, from inappropriate comments such as the ones made about Chloe Kim. One is then intentionally othering and alienating potential audiences.

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