Watch “I’d go Mina Kimes,” WEEI’s Chris Curtis uses Japanese ethnic slur nip in viral video

Watch “I’d go Mina Kimes,” WEEI’s Chris Curtis uses Japanese ethnic slur nip in viral video

Check out what Chris Curtis says during the show that is considered a racist slur resulting in him being under fire and ESPN responds to him calling Mina Kimes nips

Apparently using a racial term to refer to ESPN personality Mina Kimes, a Boston sports talk radio broadcaster on WEEI is under criticism.

WEEI’s Chris Curtis uses Japanese ethnic slur nip for Mina Kimes in viral video

The WEEI “Greg Hill Show” executive producer and on-air personality Chris Curtis made a racial slur during the program’s discussion of whether Boston should outlaw “nips,” or miniature alcohol bottles, on Tuesday.

WEEI’s Chris Curtis uses ethnic slurs during the show, and ESPN responds

During a segment discussing Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo’s desire to formally file a proposal to prohibit the little alcohol bottles, which regularly wind up in litter, co-host Courtney Cox advised the show’s attendees to rank their top five favourite nips.

Hill, as per boston.com made the statement as he and Cox instantly suggested a few brands, Oh, yes, that’s a great [topic].”

During their chat, Curtis interrupted and said, Oh, I’d probably go Mina Kimes.”

Kimes is a well-known ESPN celebrity and NFL analyst who is mother’s side Korean.

An ethnic slur used against Japanese people is called “Nip,” which stands for Nippon, the Japanese word for Japan. The epithet became more common during World War II.

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Hill, Cox, and fellow co-host Jermaine Wiggins continued their conversation without mentioning Curtis. Chris Scheim, the producer, was laughing as Curtis turned to face him.

ESPN issued a statement that read:

There is no place for these type of hateful comments, which were uncalled for and extremely offensive.”

While declining to comment, a spokeswoman for Audacy, the company that owns WEEI, hinted that Curtis intended to say the name of actress Mila Kunis rather than Kimes.

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In response to Finn’s message, Kimes used a “The Simpsons” meme depicting Bart’s drooping eyelids and changed her Twitter avatar to a photo of actress Mila Kunis.

 

On Wednesday, Kimes updated her Twitter profile photo to one of Mila Kunis.

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Curtis, who has been employed by WEEI since April 2013, did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

Both Ken Laird, operations manager for WEEI, and Mike Thomas, senior vice president and market manager for Audacy in Boston, didn’t.

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