Conor McGregor once again resorts to bigoted insults, at UFC 202 press conference
Conor McGregor is capable of speaking intelligently about matters of race, culture and ethnicity. Like, for example, when he gave the world a little history lesson about the discrimination Irish people have faced throughout history and still do.
Unfortunately, when it comes time to promote fights, McGregor all too often speaks of the race, culture and ethnicity of others in a cruel and bigoted way. He did so once again, Thursday at a press conference to promote his rematch next month with Nate Diaz.
A reporter asked McGregor how his preparation for Diaz has changed since he lost to him in their previous outing. For some reason, Conor chose to mix in ugly epithets in with pragmatic answers.
“This time I’m preparing for a tall, lanky, ugly, Mexican Southpaw,” McGregor said.
Of course, Nate Diaz is, in fact, an American. He also happens to have a Mexican heritage.
The point is, however, that this is becoming a sad and disturbing pattern with McGregor that the UFC should start taking seriously. At a press conference to promote their previous fight at UFC 196, McGregor also tried to use Diaz’s Mexican-American ancestry as an insult.
“He’s like a little cholo gangster from the hood,” he said, back then.
“Cholo” is one of those words that people can certainly use to describe themselves if they want, but is offensive if someone from another race or ethnicity uses it. McGregor clearly has a thing against Diaz’s Mexican heritage, and I can’t imagine that he’d take kindly to Diaz or anyone else turning McGregor’s own Irish heritage into an insult.
McGregor’s bigoted hate speech goes further back than his insulting Latinos and Diaz, of course. When he was promoting his fight with Jose Aldo, McGregor likened Aldo’s fellow Brazilians to medieval serfs who would murder and enslave.
One would hope an Irishman would have a bit more sensitivity to the subject of people being conquered and abused by invaders. Conor McGregor is an often thoughtful public figure who in many ways embodies everything a martial artist and athlete should be.
When it comes time to promote fights, however, McGregor becomes a bit more two-dimensional and cartoonish. That, in and of itself, isn’t necessarily anything bad.
Unfortunately, McGregor keeps on bringing racial stereotypes and hate speech into that fight promotion. He should stop.
If he doesn’t, his employers and the rest of the media should at least stop giving him a free pass on the bigotry.