Newspaper Employee Fired for “Chinky Winky” and “Dinky Doo” Asian Slurs

From “proofreading error” to fireable offense.


Just a few days after Philadelphia Public Record publisher Jimmy Tayoun Sr. (pictured) shrugged off the Asian slurs that appeared in last week’s edition of his newspaper, chalking them up to a “proofreading error,” Tayoun has terminated the responsible employee.

In the August 21st edition of the free weekly tabloid, Asians seen in a photograph with City Councilman Mark Squilla were captioned as “Chinky Winky,” “Dinky Doo,” and “Me Too.” When we reached out to Tayoun about the caption on Friday, he told us that we were making something out of nothing. “Nobody is offended,” he said. “Stop trying to start trouble.”

But Tayoun was wrong. Plenty of people — Asian and otherwise — were offended, and outrage ensued, with talk of a boycott of the newspaper’s advertisers, which include car dealers and potential mayoral candidate Anthony Williams.

As we reported earlier, the newspaper was forced to issue an apology, and now, according to Daily News scribe Chris Brennan, Tayoun has fired the unnamed employee. “We don’t want to add fuel to the fire,” Tayoun told Brennan.

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  • disqus_JjYnU5MRNk

    So now Philadelphia gets to print the same slurs again without offending anyone? And theirs are headlines, not photo captions, which stand out much larger.

    • sticks and stones may break your bones, but context never hurts you.

      I really have no desire to read a newspaper article in three years, where I’m subjected to this: “After a raucous debate about the R-word, Jimmy called Sally a raging B-word. He responded by calling her an F-word-ing N-word. He then kicked her in her C-word.”

      It’s the news. I shouldn’t have to play scrabble.

      • Ray

        What is the R word and who is Sally? Let me know what your are talking about and does this relate to the above article?

        • “Russian Guyovich”

          Ray, Rich is saying in a news story or article using the full words in context to the story instead of censored, abbreviated media is important to understanding the story instead of dancing around being politically correct. What he wrote below is an extreme fictional example of a story to illustrate how difficult it would be to understand if words were censored.

          It is not really related to the story I think, but the editor wasn’t right putting in racist place holder names for three unidentified people in the photo, nor Jimmy Tayoun Sr. for dismissing the concerns and feelings of the Asian community.

        • cinesimonj

          Really? It’s too difficult for you to follow a comments thread on a website?
          Love the entitled self importance, by the way. I’m sure you get all the girls.

    • vfiorillo


      • disqus_JjYnU5MRNk

        I am serious. Why not simply report ‘racial slurs’ rather than perpetuate them over and over and over again. Your racial slurs are offensive, too. Hope you don’t get fired, too.

        • vfiorillo

          I get where you are coming from, but what was said is newsworthy. The specifics of was said is what led to all of this.

          • DaBag

            So keep the specifics in the body of the article, not the headline.

        • cinesimonj

          That’s just bizarre. And yeah – they’re totally ‘their’ racial slurs. They use them with the same malice, too! Really truly!
          Gawd. What a sad little plain of existence you must be living on.

  • freemdoom

    pretty sure every Chinese name in that caption was made up, not just the obvious offensive puns.

  • Kevin Kong

    Have you guys seen ?
    As a Philadelphian Asian-American, I am appalled.

    • Frank Weindel

      While I agree that what the Public Record published was offensive and also childish, I don’t see what registering an offensive sounding domain name and pointing it to the Public Record is trying to accomplish.

  • AK

    About time.

  • Agniel

    So the man says he fired the offender but won’t say who it is? Does he know of a bridge for sale in New York? Wouldn’t be surprising if it was him that did it.

  • Rocky Kev

    While I don’t think it’s acceptable to post slurs about any race in a public newspaper, I think it’s unfortunate that they fired him. Also, I think dinky doo is hilarious!