Kobe Bryant Asks Chinese Fans What “Da Tie” Means, Gets Mocked

Kobe Bryant Asks Chinese Fans What “Da Tie” Means, Gets Mocked

Kobe Bryant, who is known for connecting with his fans through social media, miscalculated when he posted his most recent Weibo, making himself a target for the jokes of thousands of netizens. The post said “It’s been awhile since I’ve last been on Weibo. I see there’s some new web lingo. Can you teach me some? What does “da tie” mean?” “Da tie” means to miss a shot, and netizens took the question as an opportunity to take jabs at Kobe, saying things like “It’s what happens when you shoot” and “It means you are an MVP.” It’s not clear weather the post was written by Kobe himself or a PR team.

Source: Netease

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  • Here’s a dichotomy I’ve found quite fascinating.
    So many Chinese are afraid of Blacks or claim to dislike dark skin, but they love them if they can bounce a ball and jump well?

    • James

      I think like or dislike is too broad of a word for it to be a dichotomy

    • Alex Dương

      Same reason why I went to middle school in Georgia with whites who wore Confederate flag t-shirts but knew the lyrics to all the popular rap songs at the time: people aren’t always consistent.

      • Amused

        Beautiful, succinct analogy.

      • Are you saying that those Confederate flag T-shirt wearing White Georgians liked singing along with Eminem, the Beastie Boys, Vanilla Ice or are you insinuating they were racists/anti-black?

        • Alex Dương

          I went to middle school in the early 2000s. From what I remember, Li’l Jon, Outkast, and 50 Cent were very popular at the time where I lived. Eminem was popular too, but you had to be a “proto-hipster” to publicly like the Beastie Boys. No comment on Vanilla Ice.

          Being Asian American in south Georgia meant that I wasn’t treated as white, but whites did not mind speaking about blacks in my presence. It was not uncommon to know someone who valued his Confederate heritage recite word-for-word the lyrics to “Roses” and also talk about “n—–s.”

          Part of what makes us human is inconsistency.

          • Vance

            I have always had the impression that Asians in America were as politically incorrect as the Whites because of their high levels of success, sometimes even higher than the White majority. I am curious to how well this impression matches your experiences. Realizing the whole time that these generalizations are just that and te each is their own individual.

          • Alex Dương

            I’d be very happy to give you my thoughts, but to clarify, what do you mean by “as politically incorrect as the whites”?

          • Vance

            It seems to me that Asians are not really considered a “dis-advantaged minority” for purposes of “affirmative” action measures and laws. People have lost their businesses for making naive statements that appeared to belittle African-American people. I have not heard of any kind of repercussions against people who have belittled Asian people. Have you heard of any? In your experiences, are the above statements fairly accurate?

          • Alex Dương

            For the most part, Asian Americans are not considered “disadvantaged minorities” in affirmative action. I say “for the most part” because there is variation in average socioeconomic status by Asian American subgroups – ethnic Hmongs, for example, aren’t as well off on average as ethnic Koreans – but I don’t think it really matters in practice. I don’t hold affirmative action committees in very high regard; if they don’t realize or don’t care that affirmative action results in white Hispanics and the children of African immigrants disproportionately getting benefits, I doubt they will care if an Asian American is Cambodian or Chinese by ancestry.

            I agree that people can make naive statements about black Americans and quickly find themselves in hot water while they can make equally naive statements about Asian Americans and face no consequences whatsoever. I think there’s at least two reasons for this. First, there is no Al Sharpton equivalent for Asian Americans. (On balance I think that’s a good thing.) Second, I think not enough Asian Americans are willing to stand up for themselves. I think the situation is getting a lot better than it was before, though.

          • Vance

            Thanks for your perspective. While I know many Asians, mostly Filipino, they are mostly immigrants. I was interested in the view of someone who grew up in this country. So this was insightful. Most Americans do tend to lump all Asians into one group and cannot tell a Filipino from a Chinese from a Hmong, etc. I also agree things are getting better over time. While concentrating on problems yet to conquer, people do tend to forget the immense improvement we have had here in race relations. And no, the Asian-American community does not want an Al Sharpton.

          • Bing

            well said man.

    • 42

      so you were saying? chinese afraid of blacks? they love their african brothers!


    • DC

      afraid is probably not the appropriate word….

      • OK – Maybe – What word would you suggest?

        • DC

          aversion sounds about right..

        • swat

          It’s all about the passport.

          Prejudice over Black Skin < American Passport

          It is a no brained resolution if you ask me. el oh el.

          • What a lot of the Chinese tell me is that it is easier for them if they marry another Chinese person.

            There are more and more “wealthy” Chinese and they see the future as theirs. These are people I know, so I’m sure there are millions that disagree and live differently, but they tell me 20 years ago, finding a foreigner was the ideal, but today it is not what most Chinese want.

            I can see their point – overcoming differences in any relationship is a challenge. The Chinese mind and culture is very different (IMO).

            Maybe this is why Black/White unions are so prevalent in the USA today. It is not about skin color, in these cases, but about assimilation, people of the same cultural and socio economic standing/level

  • Jahar

    Is that last sentence really necessary? “Still unclear whether or not he killed some babies before making this post.” Also, weather?

  • ChinaPrat

    Who translates this shit? Weather vs whether

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