In the midst of televising 897 games from the Little League World Series, ESPN wants you to get to know the kids and make a personal investment in them. Some times they'll show you a little slugger's favorite band. Take Japan's Nagiru Hiramatsu, whose favorite singer is "Wandai Wrection."
Since a Google search for "Wandai Wrection" pulled up nothing but sports blog posts in the last hour, I'm guessing that's supposed to be "One Direction" and something got horribly lost in translation. Horribly, horribly lost in translation.
Let this be another strike against televising the Little League World Series.
This is one live event that I WON'T watch on the four-letter network. From congratulating the kids for being on the network to the countless shots of parents in the stands, it has lost all its purity.
It now has become just one big advertising event.
Not judging intent, but this is almost a literal transcription of how "One Direction" would be written out in the Japanese syllabary.
ワン・ダイレクション = wan.dai.ray.ku.shon
Whoever edited his info should be fired. Its a racist editing, intended to mock Asian people speaking bad english
@sir boxington Purity? Get out of here you nerd.
@Bouncex3 awesome. the internet really does have everything on it!
...or maybe not. There are some differences. Hard to judge if it was done on purpose as a joke or just a silly miscommunication with an unknowing media person.
If anything the message has to be a zero tolerance policy against racism, why not write "One Direction"? No instead they want to bring the Asian kid down to some ancient stereotype, imagine if an Asian family was watching this this would be criminally offensive
@martind1 @sir boxington That's right. PURITY. It has become a bad reality show with the producers prodding the kids to do something to create a buzz. It's not about the baseball anymore. They have probably set up twitter accounts for every team, so they can tell us where they went to dinner or who won the ping pong game.
Just look at what Disney has done to the pre-teen stars of their shows The kids signed up to play baseball. The didn't sign up to help the WWFT's balance sheet.
@Bouncex3 Lets be honest they took a shot at Asians here, making it look not racist....they could have just called him the c-word directly but instead they mock Japanese English, just calling it for what it is. This is like when the headline writer wrote the C-word after Jeremy Lin lost his first game as a starter.....inserted it thinking no one would find out and ended up costing himself his job
@Bouncex3 But like the Ktvu situation, this is 100% ESPN fault for not doing some basic sanity checking.
Oh yeah I agree. Just putting it out there that it is close to the way it would be pronounced in Japanese.