Golf Digest + The Tweet Of Jenkins

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I'm just going to post this up in full from the Golf Digest site because it's worth the read...

Your complaints, Editor's statement on Dan Jenkins tweet Monday, April 12, 2010

We received a number of letters of complaint about a Dan Jenkins tweet during the Masters regarding Y.E. Yang. These two are representative. They are followed by a statement from Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde:

Dan Jenkins' tweet regarding Y.E. Yang was extremely offensive and racist. I am an avid reader of your website and magazine and I am disappointed that you would allow this type of comment to represent your corporation. I am a second generation Asian American and I have a Bachelor's degree in Asian American studies. Jenkins' comments offended me and my family and my community. You have lost a loyal customer unless Dan Jenkins is removed from this website.

David Ha, Liguana Niguel

You should require Dan Jenkins to apologize for his comments about Y.E. Yang. (A major championship winner who beat Tiger head to head) being a delivery driver of Chinese food. If you don't have a problem with this, or if he doesn't see his inappropriate behavior, why doesn't he say that Phil Mickelson looks like the pizza delivery boy, or Justin Leonard looks like the UPS driver? The point is I can't imagine him saying that a white player looks like the bag boy at Kroger, the stock man at Wal-Mart. Come on, Golf is 2010. People from all over the world play golf.

Erik Erikson

Today Golf Digest Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde issued this statement:

Dan Jenkins' Masters tweet about Y.E. Yang generated several letters of protest. Jenkins’ reference was intended to play off the PGA champion Y.E. Yang's name and the P.F. Chang's restaurant chain. We removed it from our archive and apologize for any offense. Certainly none was intended.
And again we hear the battle cry of White Liberals everywhere who don't really have a clue.


If I've offended you just remember that it wasn't intended.