Racial, body shaming taunts mar girls basketball playoff game in California

Racial, body shaming taunts mar girls basketball playoff game in California

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Racial, body shaming taunts mar girls basketball playoff game in California

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A girls basketball game between California foes McClatchy and Oak Ridge turned ugly when fans from the Oak Ridge team engaged in a series of racially insensitive and ugly body shaming chants.

As reported by the Sacramento Bee, Oak Ridge fans chanted a consistent stream of racially insensitive chants toward Asian Americans during their team’s 40-33 victory in the San-Joaquin Section playoffs. One McClatchy parent told the Bee that the chants were far worse than any he or his daughter had heard previously, and also forayed into body shaming directed at one larger player.

Here’s how the Bee recanted the ugly incident, including a statement by McClatchy parent Glen Kumamoto.

The taunts included chants of “soy sauce,” “go back to Fiji” and references to “small eyes,” Kumamoto said. In addition, students delivered insults that were not racial, but still hurtful.

“We have one player with a heavier build, and every time she came in they would yell, ‘Outback Steakhouse,’ ” he said. “They would yell, ‘You’re ugly.’ 

Other chants reportedly included ‘ugly’ and ‘cankles’. Aaron Palm, the interim principal at Oak Ridge, said that the school has launched an investigation into the comments directed at McClatchy players, with discipline potentially in the offing. While no one from McClatchy has accused any members of the Oak Ridge team of anything untoward — McClatchy coach Jessica Kunisaki called them ‘top notch’ — the Oak Ridge fan group The Ozone offered an official apology for the racially insensitive ordeal.

“On behalf of the Oak Ridge student section, the Ozone, we would like to make an apology for any inappropriate chants that were made during the February 25th playoff game,” the note began. “Additionally, we would like to apologize for any derogatory comments that came from various students seated within the student section. These actions of a few are disappointing and not a true reflection of our student body.”

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