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Asian NBA Star Accused of Cultural Appropriation Over Dreadlocks Responds With Glorious Quip

Jeremy Lin, an Asian NBA player for the Brooklyn Nets, is being accused of cultural appropriation by former Nets forward Kenyon Martin for sporting dreadlocks.

In an Instagram video, Martin called out Lin for his hair-do saying:

“Do I need to remind this damn boy that his last name Lin?” Martin said. “Like, come on, man. Let’s stop with these people. There is no way possible he would’ve made it on one of our teams with that bulls**t on his head.

“Come on man, somebody need to tell him, like, ‘alright bro, we get it. You wanna be black.’ Like, we get it. But your last name is Lin,” Martin continued.

Lin’s response?

“Hey man. Its all good you don’t have to like my hair and definitely entitled to your opinion. Actually i legit grateful you sharin it tbh. At the end of the day i appreciate that i have dreads and you have Chinese tattoos bc i think its a sign of respect. And i think as minorities, the more we appreciate each others cultures, the more we influence mainstream society. Thanks for everything you did for the nets and hoops…had your poster on my wall growin up.”

Chinese. Tattoos.

What a classy guy. Lin is a Harvard graduate and has faced adversity in the NBA for being Asian.

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This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

PAT: It's Pat. Pat Gray. Jeffy for Glenn on the Glenn Beck Program. He's back on Monday. 888-727-BECK.

You know, in addition to the political correct speech that we are now bound to and is so evident in that Cam Netwon -- again, I'm not a big Cam Netwon defender, normally. I'm not a big fan of his. But, you know, his flippant comment to the female reporter, just not that big a deal.

JEFFY: When is it a big deal, Pat, when someone puts you down in front of other people?

PAT: Well, when it's really insulting. And that was not -- it's about football. Who cares? Who cares?

Whether women love football or don't love football, who cares? It's about football. Right?

JEFFY: Right.

PAT: You know, had he said something disparaging about her appearance or they shouldn't make the same money as the male reporters around her, okay. You could understand that. That's offensive.

JEFFY: Normally, women are pretty stupid. But you're not.

PAT: Yeah. But it's about football. Relax. But not only are we dealing with all of that right now, but we got this cultural appropriation thing, which is completely out of control as well.

Jeremy Lin, who is Asian-American. He's been in the news before, because the ESPN reporter a few years ago, you might remember, said the chink in his armor of the game was -- and then went on to describe whatever the problem was with his game. Well, he was talking about the chink in the armor, as the expression that there's something wrong with your armor. There's something wrong with your skill set. Not that he was being called a disparaging name for Asian people.

The guy got fired. So that same Jeremy Lin now is being accused by former NBA forward -- who also played for the New Jersey Nets. But they're the Brooklyn Nets now. Kenyan Martin tore into him in an Instagram video because Lin has decided to wear dreadlocks. And that's apparently verboten. I guess only black people can have dreadlocks.

He said -- here's what he said in his Instagram video. Do I need to remind this damn boy that his last name is Lin? Like, come on, man. Let's stop with these people. There's no possible way he would have made it on one of our teams with that BS on his head. Come on, man. Somebody need to tell him like, all right, bro. We get it. You want to be black. Like, we get it. But your last name is Lin.

Wow. So you can't have a certain hairstyle if it resembles a race that normally -- I mean, isn't that also stereotyping? Isn't that kind of racist to say that only blacks can have dreadlocks?

JEFFY: Yes. I mean -- and that's a lot worse than the Cam Netwon. I'll tell you that.

PAT: A lot worse. A lot worse.

JEFFY: I wonder if the yogurt company cancelled his deal.

PAT: Check this out. The response from Jeremy Lin. Just so classy. Keep in mind, the guy went to Harvard. He's pretty smart. He knows how to defend himself. He said, hey, man. It's all good. You don't have to like my hair. And definitely entitled to your own opinion.

Actually, I'm legit grateful for you sharing it. At the end of the day, I appreciate that I have dreads and you have Chinese tattoos.

(laughter)

So this cultural appropriation nonsense --

JEFFY: Thank you.

PAT: -- is coming from a black man with Chinese tattoos up and down his arms.

JEFFY: Thank you.

PAT: He said, but I appreciate the fact that you have Chinese tattoos because I think it's a sign of respect. And I think as minorities, the more we appreciate each other's cultures, the more we influence mainstream society. Thanks for everything you did for the Nets and for hoops. Had your poster on my wall growing up.

Is that a classy, smart, biting response all at the same time?

JEFFY: Wow. Yes, it is. Tremendous.

PAT: Great. I knew I liked Jeremy Lin. Just a classy response.

JEFFY: Although, I will say, that's why I stopped wearing my hair in dreads a few years ago. Because, you know, I'm not big on the dreads.

PAT: So you would have them now?

JEFFY: Yeah, I'm not big on the dreads.

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