Target: Journalist Malcolm Knox
Goal: Apologize for alleged racist article about Australian cricket player Chris Gayle.
Australian cricket player Chris Gayle came under fire for allegedly flirting with an uncomfortable female reporter who was trying to interview him on live television. The response from the media was swift, and Gayle was fined for his alleged actions, which he reportedly has a history of. But journalist and author Malcolm Knox allegedly took to the Sydney Morning Herald to write an open letter to Gayle that was shockingly offensive. In the article, which is still posted on the newspaper’s website, Knox reportedly criticizes Gayle’s accent. He allegedly adopts a mockingly Jamaican tone in his writing to parody Gayle. Knox is a white man.
Knox reportedly even somewhat defends Gayle’s actions, criticizing “PC” people who take things too seriously. The article, in a condescending and racist tone, only critiques Gayle’s manner of speaking and writing. Knox allegedly constantly writes things like “Me know you got a good lovin’ heart like all we Jamaican brethren,” mocking Gayle’s Jamaican heritage.
Knox has faced tremendous backlash for this alleged article on Twitter, where he has been lambasted for his racism. Some users have referred to it as typed-out blackface. But the article is still online and Knox has made no effort to apologize for his reported words. We need him to see how brazenly offensive his article is and demand an apology from him. What Gayle allegedly did was inappropriate, but he received punishment. Knox’s alleged article is hurtful to an entire culture and he should have to face consequence for it as well.
Dear Malcolm Knox,
Your alleged article on Chris Gayle was shockingly offensive, and as a journalist, you should know this. You reportedly adopted a fake Jamaican tone for your writing which is incredibly condescending and racist. What Chris Gayle did was inappropriate, but your article dehumanizes him in a way that is completely out of line.
As a white man, you cannot adopt a tone like that in your writing. Jamaican writers already have an extraordinarily tough time getting published, and your article criticizing their diction only hurts them. Just because you cannot understand someone’s tone does not make you superior; and in fact, you should try and look at the linguistics of another culture to understand it instead of dismiss it. Having a history of writing about Jamaica does not give you permission to criticize their diction.
I urge you to apologize for the alleged article, especially to the Jamaican culture that had no part in Gayle’s actions. You have thrown them under the bus for a petty joke. The article has damaged your credibility already, but it should be taken down with an apology to those you have offended.
[Your Name Here]
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