What's in the water in Boston? Man, I have no desire to ever visit that city. I think I'll go to Fenway last on my goal of going to all the baseball stadiums.
On Friday, former Patriots tight end and a co-host of WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni & Fauria show, Christian Fauria was suspended after displaying an impressive lack of awareness during a sketch by doing a stereotypical impression of Brady’s agent Don Yee during a skit.
Fauria begins the skit by saying he’ll be Yee and begins speaking with an Asian accent. He then adds, “For me, I don’t know why, Don Yee sounds like an Asian guy,” while his co-hosts giggled. Nobody had the maturity or awareness to reel it in until his co-hosts pull up audio of the real Yee speaking.
WEEI later doubled down on their lack of self-awareness by posting the skit’s audio on their Twitter account before removing the audio link from their page.
Not only was the accent offensive and over top, Don Yee doesn’t even speak with a Chinese accent. Yee is of Chinese descent, but he’s also a US citizen who was born in Sacramento, California, not far from Fauria, attended UCLA for undergrad and earned his law degree at the University of Virginia. Fauria’s insistence on using a racist stereotype for the amusement of his listeners is entertainment for the lowest common denominator.
It’s almost as if the entire station is in a death pact to alienate themselves from Brady as much as possible. WEEI issued a statement afterward apologizing and announcing that Fauria has been suspended five days.