A New York Times reporter is pushing back for mistakenly tweeting “immigrants, they get the job done” in reference to Mirai Nagasu’s historic triple axel Sunday.
Nagasu was born in Montabello near Los Angeles to immigrant parents.
Her triple axel helped Team USA to win a bronze in the ice skating team competition.
According to the Huffington Post, some have lashed out at Bari Weiss for wrongly assuming Nagasu was not American born.
Weiss vigorously defended herself after deleting the offending tweet.
For this tweet I am being told I am a racist, a ghoul and that I deserve to die. So I deleted the tweet. That’s where we are.
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) February 12, 2018
The stereotype of the perpetual foreigner has long plagued Asian Americans. Some feel Weiss only added to the problem.
It’s a reminder of the headline on MSNBC when Michelle Kwan was upset by Tara Lipinski at the 1998 Winter Olympics Games in Nagano, Japan.
Back then the headline read “American Beats Out Michelle Kwan.” That headline was widely condemned by Asian Americans and mainstream media.
What do you think? Does Weiss’ gaffe merit the same attention?
(Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the year Lipinski upset Kwan in Nagano)
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