From our Don’t Shoot the Messenger desk
It all started with the Boston Herald’s Thursday Page One.
The story inside:
Crosstown at the Boston Globe (which – full disclosure – is not really crosstown since the Globe moved to State Street and the Herald moved to Braintree), busibody columnist Shirley Leung quickly registered her objections.
Herald’s ‘Wok Tall’ front page is no laughing matter for Asian-Americans
I won’t use the “R-word” to describe the front page of Thursday’s Boston Herald, with its “Wok Tall” headline and a clumsy photo illustration depicting Governor Charlie Baker sitting in a giant Chinese takeout box of fried rice.
That’s because our country is so polarized we can’t even agree what is racist and what is not anymore. But for sure, the Herald front page is highly offensive to Chinese-Americans like me — and it should be to everyone else.
Wok jokes are straight out of the 1970s. They weren’t funny then, and they aren’t funny now. What does “Wok Tall” even mean, anyway?
Well, here’s what it meant to the Twitterverse’s umbrage-industrial complex.
(Editor’s Note: Kirk Minihane and Shirley Leung have a history.)
This isn’t over – not by a long shot.