Matt Lauer tells Meredith Viera not to be an ‘Indian giver’

by 6 years ago

We’ve railed on NBC for their mistimed Olympic coverage, opting to air things in tape delay as opposed to live. It resulted in the network accidentally spoiling a Missy Franklin gold medal race last week. But that flub was minor in comparison to what occurred this morning on the Today show.

After a segment with fashion designer Stella McCartney, Meredith Viera presented the crew with special Olympic underwear. Underwear designed by McCartney herself (don’t ask). A few jokes were passed back and forth before Matt dropped this horribly racist term.

“No, no, no they’re mine, don’t be an Indian giver.”

Ugh.

As if we haven’t beaten up Native Americans enough, now Matt Lauer’s making jokes at their expense. You can expect an empty apology from the peacock sometime later today.

In somewhat related news, I’d feel remiss if I didn’t reference the Seinfeld, “Cigar Store Indian” episode.

WINONA: I like your place. It’s very unassuming.

JERRY: Well, why would I assume. I never assume. Leads to assumptions.

WINONA: (laughs) Oh, by the way. That TV Guide I gave you, I need it back.

JERRY: Why?

WINONA: Well, I’m doing a report on minorities in the media, and I wanted to use
that interview with Al Roker.

JERRY: Well, it’s too late. I gave it to Elaine, and she’s already on her way to
give it to George’s father.

WINONA: Jerry, I really need it back. It, it is mine.

JERRY: You can’t give something and then take it back. I mean, what are you…
(catches himself)

WINONA: What?

JERRY: A uh, a person that uh…

WINONA: A person that what?

JERRY: Well, a person that gives something and then they’re dissatisfied and
they wish they had, had never uh…

WINONA: And?

JERRY: …give, given it to the person that they originally gave it to.

WINONA: You mean like, an Indian giver?!

JERRY: I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with that term.


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