Jemele Hill and Cari Champion have never shied away from controversy. But in the wake of the controversy created from their “racist” question to YouTube star Jake Paul, Hill has addressed the theory that she was joking.
Jemele Hill and Cari Champion are facing backlash after seemingly trying to turn Jake Paul’s victory over Nate Robinson into an issue about race.
During a recent appearance on Cari & Jemele (Won’t) Stick to Sports, Jake Paul was asked by Hill if his knockout was racist.
— VICE TV (@VICETV) December 4, 2020
Initially, Paul was a good sport about the comment, shrugging it off and explaining that he trains to win. But when Champion asked the question again, a visibly annoyed Paul shot back. “Stop asking me that,” he said. “I said ‘no.’ That’s a shitty question. It’s a sport. … How does this have anything to do with race?”
Look, I don’t like Jake Paul in the slightest, but this is an absolute garbage question. Like I honestly don’t know why/how Cari Champion thought this was an intelligent thing to ask. pic.twitter.com/YcJtSJ0JFO
— Hunter Seidler (@BigHseidler) December 8, 2020
While Hill and Champion’s laughs throughout the segment suggest they were perhaps joking, people were quick to pounce on the duo for their line of questioning.
The only ONLY person to ever make @jakepaul look like a decent human(I feel dirty just saying it ?) is @jemelehill. Like damn girl, how you such a wack person that in the “my morals are shit” department you passed the shittiest person ever ?????
— HipposAgainstHypos (@hipposagainst) December 9, 2020
They really made me side with Jake Paul with that dumbass question. This was super cringe. Please find new material not on Twitter. Yall embarrassing us @CariChampion @jemelehill https://t.co/cRz44L3vLJ
— S.T.A.T. (@FindMeTN) December 9, 2020
Is it racist for white people to win competitive sports matches? ?? https://t.co/2RPAvrJ4dN
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) December 8, 2020
Jemele Hill & Cari Champion really asked Jake Paul that bullshit, more than once….?
— Reece (@DecaturDane) December 9, 2020
Jake Paul being the voice of reason in a interview with Cari Champion and Jemele Hill is something I thought I’d never type. https://t.co/Shmx65Czhy
— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) December 9, 2020
“Y’all, @jemelehill and I were trolling a troll with permission. This wasn’t an interview with weight,” Champion wrote. “It was sarcastic- y’all need context? Bc if y’all can’t hear the laughing, the bad WiFi connection- smh. So for the outraged!”
NOW RACISM IS SERIOUS! Okkkk. Lol
— Cari Champion (@CariChampion) December 9, 2020
“NOW RACISM IS SERIOUS!” Champion added. Hill also joined the online discourse.
It’s a late night talk show that comes on at 11:30p. It ain’t supposed to be PBS. I also didn’t realize I wasn’t permitted to joke about race just because I also have the range to talk about it seriously. https://t.co/UPr7oZpE45
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) December 9, 2020
“It’s a late night talk show that comes on at 11:30p. It ain’t supposed to be PBS. I also didn’t realize I wasn’t permitted to joke about race just because I also have the range to talk about it seriously,” Hill wrote before reiterating Champion’s point.
It seems like it was a joke, giving Cari and Jemele the benefit of the doubt this time.