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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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31.

Joao    

Sue the sh1t out of those white boys, sounds like they need a reality check.

722 days ago
32.

lynn    

Unfortunate colors, if anything, that is one hell of an orange. Luckily I've already got a pink Go, Speed Ricer, Go! shirt.

722 days ago
33.

jay    

my boy used that line in a battle 2 or so years ago.....check out rugged vs everybody knows on youtube its funny ****

722 days ago
34.

TMZ sucks     

what ever happened to Americans freedom of speech?? We sure as hell make sure the illegal's get all they want and need to the cost of others but then a simple little t-shirt its a damn crime???? america is F'd at this point!! keep it going o'dumbass!!

722 days ago
35.

Dawn    

Have a sense of humor!!!!! People are way to serious, when we have bigger issues. My neighbor calls me a "Cracker" all the time and I laugh at her and with her! I am sure if someone heard her saying that they would gasp. We laugh! (she is Mexican)

722 days ago
36.

Kenneth Ezzell    

"no one should profit from racism.." well some should tell that to Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, & Louis Farrakhan

722 days ago
37.

hohoh    

Make a shirt that says NIGGGGGERRRRRRRR on it.

If you can say N I G G E R on a shirt then no problem

722 days ago
38.

Carl    

If they are going to do something offensive it should at least be funny, which this shirt is not. It is just stupid.

722 days ago
39.

It's Dave    

TMZ, you no funny. You no funny at all!

Seriously, Asian stoner teens would love that shirt. You know the difference between Caucasian stoners and Asian stoners? Asians stoners still get straight A's.

Make all the fun of Asians that you want, you'll still end up calling them Doctor eventually.

722 days ago
40.

Ih8Taxes    

Freedom of speech people, even it does offend some others.

722 days ago
41.

buzz kill    

Damn thats funny, I wish I had one.

722 days ago
42.

JMP    

It is called humour - some people should go get it! It is awesome!

722 days ago
43.

LDB    

I raughed.

722 days ago
44.

Honeys Booboo    

How about "The Real Housewives of Hymietown"?
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Or perhaps "Jewsy Shore" ? (Gym, Tan, Latke)
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"Keeping Up with the Kegglesteins"

722 days ago
45.

bthenryjr1    

The shirt is funny! Baker and Nguyen understand the satire in shirt as do all of the skateboard community. it's the uptight pinheads of the Asian community who forgot what it's like to laugh. The Asian American Justice Center needs an enima and loosen up there spinkter and laugh a bit. No racisim is in the shirt, just humor

722 days ago
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