The scene: Jemele Hill’s brain, which very much resembles Oliver Hardy, is glaring at her mouth, which is the spitting image of Stan Laurel. Her brain looks disgusted, adjusts its bowler hat, and says derisively: “Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into!” Oh, Jemele. Why?
Apparently still feeling the effects of being allegedly stalked on a L.A. freeway, Hill did what she promised all of us she would never again do; put her foot in it. As if comparing the Boston Celtics to Hitler wasn’t damage enough to her career, on Wednesday she decided to advocate, on TV, that Packers fans throw batteries at He Who Shall Not Be Named (For At Least Another 5 Days), when that former Green Bay QB returns to Lambeau Field as a member of the Vikings this season.
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Specifically, Hill, appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” on Wednesday, said that if Packers fans “have a shred of dignity, they will give (He Who Shall Not Be Named) the Duracell treatment.” Thank God ESPN’s new ombudsman, Don Ohlmeyer, didn’t see this before writing his first column on Wednesday. He’s very old and it might have killed him.
(Thanks to AWFUL ANNOUNCING for the tip)
Apparently, apologies soon began falling in the studio like hail. Here’s ESPN’s official reaction, courtesy of BOB’S BLITZ:
I wonder what “the show’s producers talked with Jemele following the program” means, exactly? Was it a Bill Lundbergh kind of talk (”um, I’m going to have to ask you to go ahead and come in on Saturday …“), or more like a Chris Berman (”Hasn’t anyone here worked in television before? Jesus!“)?
At any rate, we may not have heard the last of this one. I’m not really comparing the two things, but we’re living in a climate where people are appearing at town hall health care meetings strapped with loaded weapons, and dousing various Phillies outfielders with cups of beer. Do we need a nationally-renown columnist openly advocating battery chucking at a sporting event?
Hill’s defenders will say she was only joking, but may I be the first heckler from the audience to yell out: “You’re not funny!“