If you read this blog, you surely remember the video from St. Paul Pioneer Press Columnist Jim Ragsdale, who, in a lame attempt at humor, made a video plea for quarterback Brett Favre to come back to the Minnesota Vikings.
If you didn’t see it, our title for that post was: Another Stupid Brett Favre Plea From Another Stupid Minnesotan (link). So, that should pretty much sum it up.
In the video, Ragsdale called Favre’s home state of Mississippi a cesspool and predictably, people from said cesspool got all bent out of shape. Also, predictably, said stupid Minnesotan had to make a public apology.
“We do these spoof videos from time to time; we didn’t mean to hurt anyone. I deeply apologize for the wrong choice of words, and the cesspool word was intended as a joke. I could see people getting upset about the oil spill on the Gulf Coast and being associated with the word cesspool. I didn’t mean it that way. I deeply apologize,” Ragsdale said.
“It was a attempt to show how desperate we are to get Brett back. The cesspool word just happen to come out in a unscripted discussion. We intended this to be a joke.”
While Ragsdale might care what people from Mississippi think, apparently the Pioneer Press doesn’t give two shits. They plan to leave the video on their website.
Classy, as always Minnesota.
the real apology should have been because it wasn’t funny. minnesota should stick to lutefisk and teen pregnancy and leave the satire to the coasts.
Tequila – funny stuff.
Agreed. It was not funny at all. Why is everyone so easily offended these days? Stereotypes exist for a reason – they’re generally true. So, if you want to say that crude oil, the most obese state in the nation, with 98% humidity is a cesspool, it’s kinda hard to argue the point.
It’s funny that he had to apologize because nobody understood it was a joke…now if it was actually funny then the cesspool comment would have clearly been in jest. Dumbos.
It also speaks to some level of arrogance of the Minnesota media that took what was ostensibly a local joke (i.e. making facetious vlogs or something?) and simply assumed that everyone nationwide would “get it.” Even nationally known sources of “comedy” can’t get away with stuff like that without someone getting pissy though, so for the Pioneer-Press to assume they could is absurd at best, and flat out stupid at worst.
Brett Favre rocks! Wisconsin misses you buddy!
God I hope the Vikes are the L.A. writers’ beat in a few years.