I’ve got to tell you, what the University of Iowa, Learfield Broadcasting and Fran McCaffery are doing to long-time Hawkeye broadcaster Gary Dolphin is just short of criminal.
Parading him out on the latest apology tour made me sick to my stomach.
I get why Dolphin was jammed up getting caught off mic bad mouthing McCaffery’s players and perhaps they were lying in wait for the next time he said something “offensive.” But turning his innocuous statement comparing a huge Maryland center who pretty much single-handedly stabbed Iowa in the heart to the fictional movie character of King Kong into something racist is nuts.
Having him lick the boots of Gary Barta makes me wonder who really is the racist in the room.
I understand that like 100 years ago black Americans were compared to monkeys in some cartoons and other racist literature; that Jackie Robinson was referred to as a monkey. But in the 1890’s American life was called “gay” and it had nothing to do with homosexuality. Besides, if anyone at Learfield had a brain, read a comic book or followed movies, they’d know that King Kong was a great ape. You know, the Jane Goodall kind of gorilla that is as close to human as any animal species, only 100 times bigger and stronger.
Dolphin’s comment was about the size, the power, the inability to defeat this kid from Maryland. The only thing racist about the entire event was the University of Iowa, Learfield and I’m pretty sure McCaffery manufacturing it.
So what are we left with as Dolphin’s career as a University of Iowa broadcaster is in the crapper, despite the promise now of his returning to the booth post basketball season?
Are we to go back to the first King Kong movie from 1933 and begin to eye everything in the light of racism? Because if you do and then move forward with that warped sense of thinking, you will ultimately indict the Beatles, any number of Hollywood production studios, movie makers in Japan, India and Mexico, video game makers, Saturday morning cartoon producers, Frank Zappa and his Mothers of Invention band, the Simpsons, a British comedy series featuring a character called “Kitten Kong,” and Universal Studio Florida theme parks which have rides featuring King Kong.
The magazine Vanity Fair actually did a long story on the allegories and metaphors involving King Kong, the same kind of deep introspection done by super hero comic book aficionados who find inner peace and fulfillment determining the relative goodness and badness of Batman and the Green Hornet. The truth about King Kong is that Merrian Cooper was given a book written about Africa as a six-year-old in 1899 and was completely captivated by the Great Apes described in the book, turned into a screen writer and film producer and invented King Kong for the big screen in 1933.
Kong as a movie and cartoon character has flourished ever since.
For all of Kong’s size, strength and ferocity, he is a sensitive and sympathetic character, abused by people who don’t understand him, yet who are terrified by him.
If you wanted to, you could go the direction that Kong is a sexual abuser of white women and that is somehow a metaphor for racial unrest, but you’d be just as nutty as the executives at Learfield and Barta.
And the double standard? Dolphin is forever branded a racist, thrown out of the radio booth for the remainder of the season for making a Saturday morning cartoon comparison while McCaffery is given a two game suspension and a $10,000 fine for screaming at a Big Ten official, calling him a “cheating mother-f---er.”
Was the official black or white?
Remember when the University of Iowa and its power structure fired Dr. Tom Davis for reasons no one is still really sure of? Then the university wandered through several complete coaching disasters. I’ve always called it the Tom Davis Curse. The Gary Dolphin Curse is now upon the basketball program. My prediction is that Iowa will flop in the Big 10 Tournament, lose its first round NCAA game and McCaffery and his two tall sons will wind up playing somewhere else sooner than later.
And Gary Dolphin will end up doing high school basketball games on a local radio station in northeast Iowa before being fired for referring to tall white players as having the ferocity of a Viking warrior.
Our world is going crazy.
As a United Methodist with a firm conservative theological foundation and an adherent to the current Book of Discipline, I can’t mask my joy that the worldwide church defeated a whole bunch of heresies propagated by liberals and progressives who heretofore thought they ran things.
The whole LBGTQ deal was at the forefront of what still may turn into a split in the church, but it’s really more than that. The real argument involves the person of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Bible. It’s actually bizarre to think Christians need to vote on Biblical authority, but United Methodists did and voted by a 54 percent margin to believe God’s word. Thank you African bishops and U.S. southerners.
One of the great lines from the conference held in St. Louis came from a Bishop from Liberia who basically told American liberals not to threaten them taking property or financial support because they were used to living with very little.
It’s not over, though, at least in Iowa where our lady bishop is one of the lead heretics in the attempted progressive takeover of the church. We’ll soon see by how she disciplines pastors and members who openly break the Book of Discipline if conservatives actually won anything or not.
YOU’LL SEE on the sports page the girls all-conference list. Carlie Ford received honorable mention, not first or second team.
Here’s what some people don’t know. The four-year letterwinner and a starter on one of the best teams in Albia history, playing for a one-win team this year, played the last half of the season with a torn ACL.
Surgery ended her sports career after the final game. Carlie endured a lot of pain and frustration to complete the season with her teammates. That, you see, is true character. Unlike the Iowa coach losing his mind over a 20-point loss.