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Skateboard Company

Backlash Over

Asian Slur T-Shirt

8/2/2012 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A major skateboard company is being accused of putting "racism for sale" ... after selling a shirt featuring two Asian men under the words, "Gooks of Hazzard."

The company under fire is Baker Skateboards ... which is owned by skating legend Andrew Reynolds ... who's been featured as a character in several of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video games.

Baker is currently selling the "Hazzard" shirt on its website. The shirt features two Asian men in a car named the "General Li." One of the men is pro skater Don "The Nuge" Nguyen -- who's sponsored by Baker.

The shirt also features a tagline, "Good Orr Boys" ... a play on the stereotype of an Asian accent.

But while it appears The Nuge approves of the shirt, the Asian American Justice Center feels differently ... a rep for the organization tells us it's "unacceptable for Baker Skateboards to create a depiction of Asian Americans which uses racial slurs and perpetuates racist stereotypes.”

The org. adds, "Baker Skateboards, and the outlets that sell this shirt, should be aware that use of the term 'gook' on their apparel is offensive and quite simply amounts to racism for sale. No one should seek to profit from racism.”

We reached out to Baker Skateboards -- as well as Don “The Nuge” Nguyen -- so far, no word back from either.

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Me go pee pee in your Coke.

779 days ago
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joecrabs    

The true test? Make one that says "What Jew talking about, Willis" and see who complains.

779 days ago
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779 days ago
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chzbrgrmachne    

Where can I buy this shirt? I have several Asian friends and they would rock this 7 days a week!

779 days ago
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Steinberg    

That is a silly shirt. Anybody that wears that should get punched in the face just on principle, racism or not.

779 days ago
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campy    

Well what's wong with that?

779 days ago
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EggsOverEasy    

Duh TMZ, they made the shirt so that everyone would freak out and talk about it like you are.. They made a dumb t-shirt and got about 5 million dollars worth of free publicity.. nice work TMZ. lol

779 days ago
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the_truth_hurts    

too funny...this country is too up tight these days....

779 days ago
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Partyboy    

Dude, Baker Skateboard is 100% Raw Skateboarding. They put Skateboarding on the MAP with Baker2g. Andrew Reynolds is a LEGEND and a Smart Business Individual/Tea, Owner.The Shirt has No meaning to Racism at all. The clothing brands features a Team Rider and gets his name out to the public. These Guys are Great Individuals who mean no harm to Reality. The Kids Wear It. Its Fashion. Get Over it. Ain't no one Making a big deal in public. People would actually like the product. 4.D
@LXMMA12

779 days ago
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Partyboy    

Dude, Baker Skateboard is 100% Raw Skateboarding. They put Skateboarding on the MAP with Baker2g. Andrew Reynolds is a LEGEND and a Smart Business Individual/Team, Owner.The Shirt has No meaning to Racism at all. The clothing brands features a Team Rider and gets his name out to the public. These Guys are Great Individuals who mean no harm to Reality. The Kids Wear It. Its Fashion. Get Over it. Ain't no one Making a big deal in public. People would actually like the product. 4.D
@LXMMA12

779 days ago
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eicarr     

Something to wear to Chick-A-Fila

779 days ago
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bryan    

They stole this from The Damn Show who did this skit on a DVD years ago

779 days ago
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sniffle24    

People are way too sensitive. I mean, THAT IS really how most Asians talk and that's completely fine, cause we shouldn't be expected to speak a language we weren't born into, perfectly. People will complain just about anything.

779 days ago
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two cents    

"Why you no eat more vegetable? You been here four hour!" LOL Racism or not, it's hilarious.

779 days ago
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Fat Mike    

Almost as bad as TMZ's old story where Miss Thailand complained over not getting paid by the organisers. TMZ's headline read "You no pay me"
Hypocrites!

779 days ago
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