Yes Matt, Indian Giver is a term that IS offensive. Remember we wrote about KFI host Bill Handel commenting about ONE DRUNK INDIAN?
At lease we got an apology from the stations news director.
What is it about morning talk shows that people think they can let their guard down? And, why do they think American Indians are fair game?
The Native News Network has the story of the casual use of a hurtful term.
Matt Lauer During Olympic Coverage
Last November, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian's mother, told ABC's "Good Morning America" she feels Kris Humphries has no right to ask for the $2 million 20.5 carat diamond ring back that he gave her daughter as an engagement ring. The marriage fell apart after only 72 days and she wanted the ring to stay in the family.
"I hate an Indian giver," she said told Good Morning America. OP: Well at least we know Kris Jenner is ill-mannered. Remember she didn't even think of Kris's parents when she was ordering limos for the family?
Then yesterday morning, NBC's "TODAY" host Matt Lauer during coverage of the 2012 London Olympics told his ex co-anchor Meredith Vieira "don't be an Indian giver."
This ill-advised term came after Vieira passed a pair of designer underwear to Lauer.
"We're used to this. For five years, Meredith came to the show every morning carrying her underpants."
then Vieira asked Lauer for the underpants back.
"No, no, no, they're mine - don't be an Indian giver!" shot Lauer.
How old are these folks?
Who wants to hear about underwear on the TODAY show anyway? Save a Fruit of the Looms, Victoria's Secret, or Hanes factory or outlet store, talking about underpants would get most people in trouble in most places of employment across the United States.
It used to be morning network talk shows were informative and news worthy programs. Now, they are more like goofy chatter programs that can actually be quite annoying so early in the morning.
Beyond the inappropriate underpants talk, Lauer needs to be called out on the "Indian giver" term. He used it way too flippantly, as if it is part of what is acceptable.
American Indians find the term "Indian giver" highly offensive and insensitive. Given all that has been lost by our tribal nations through bloody wars; genocide perpetrated against our ancestors; Native children removal from homes to be put into boarding schools, it is intolerable that a highly paid, highly recognized figure such as Lauer would be so callous and disrespectful.
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