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.
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!”
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.
Similar to the vast majority of American Indian arguments in opposition to the usage of Indian mascots or caricatures in sports, the term “Indian giver” is demeaning. It does not serve to honor American Indians well. Furthermore, similar to mascot usage, other ethnic groups would not tolerate inappropriate usage.
Last November when Ms. Jenner inappropriately used the “Indian giver” term, this publication wrote:
“Our discontent is not so much about political correctness, but rather right and wrong. The usage of the term “Indian giver”goes way beyond political correctness. It is just plain wrong to use the term in a 2011 America.”
Well, now it is 2012 and still wrong.
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: Don’t Go There, Matt – Don’t be an Indian Giver – Native News Network.