It’s all about the Lin

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Jeremy Lin: Influential and snobby? Photo by Elton Lugay

NEW YORK CITY—New York Knicks’ point guard Jeremy Lin may be Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential, but to the Chinese media covering the gala, he’s nothing but a “snob.”

“I felt discriminated,” a Taiwanese journalist was steaming at the red carpet arrivals for the press. “I cannot believe he went straight to the center and left us as if we didn’t exist.”

She was not the only one furious. Many others in the Chinese media were upset that Lin – whose parents are Taiwanese immigrants — did not even acknowledge their presence. Not even with a smile and a wave.

Unlike the Knicks player, Victor Cruz of the New York Giants, gave interviews to anyone with a camera and a mic, and gamely danced on the red carpet.

The Time 100 gathering is “so unique,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz, not only because the magazine packs a luxurious hall with presidents, celebrities, achievers, head-turners and breakouts. Anyone from R&B
artist Rihanna to book author E.L. James whose “Fifty Shades of Gray” was a literary smash and made erotic fiction sassy and respectable.

“You get to meet people who are very different from you but who are the best in their areas,” Oz told The FilAm. “You meet leaders, musicians, artists in different categories, scientists like me—and all
of us have tips to the trade that we use. Working together, we can take it to a whole different level. The conversation is stimulating.”

Also, the primetime surgeon added, his boys “are excited to meet Jeremy Lin.”

Thoughtfully, he continued: “Lin didn’t make the list because he’s a basketball player. He made it because he’s a smart guy who broke into the NBA and broke stereotypes.”

Amy Chua, controversial author of the “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” said her inclusion in the list is “just luck.” “I don’t even deserve to be here,” she said almost dismissively as she walked the
red carpet.

Manal al-Sharif, a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia who launched a campaign that would give women the right to drive a vehicle, brushed aside any reference to being a “role model.”

“I’m still an outcast in society,” she said. “People say horrible things about me. I’m just a normal person who stood up for what I believe in.”

“It’s not about being liked, it’s about being influential,” said Savannah Guthrie, journalist, lawyer and friend of honoree Matt Lauer. “I’m proud of my colleague Matt Lauer.”

This year’s list also included President Barack Obama, actress Viola Davis, Adele, Kate and Pippa Middleton and Republican presidential aspirant Mitt Romney. But for one more night the obsession with Lin was an all-time high. “Everybody loves Lin,” said TIME editor Richard Stengel.

Tell that to the Chinese press.

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  • Diepor

    China is occupying his parents home country,maybe thats why he doesnt embrase their media.

    • Ross18

       agree…..how can the guy give a smile to a tyrant like china who thinks they own evrything.

      • Dilbert52

        HAHA wow!  yes make everything about politics please.  lol

        btw, he also didnt want to talk to taiwanese media, not just chinese media.  care to explain that then?

        and for a guy who hates china, why is he opening a basketball training camp there?  Lin embraces all asians, and he identifies himself as chinese, so you guys are wrong

      • Ross18

        yup keep telling that to yourself. goodluck.btw everything is about politics especially sports.

      • Dilbert52

        so.. you still didnt explain to me why he didnt want to talk to taiwanese media either?  and if he hates china so much why does he call himself chinese? lol

      • Ross18

        your still on this issue. moved on. New York will out soon in the playoffs even with Lin on the line up. this is just a one time fame so get over it. And i dont need to explain to you everything, try looking for the asnwer yourself. He’s from Taiwan n he’s called Taiwanese not chinese. there.

      • Dilbert52

        perfect excuse for not knowing how to answer back :)

      • Ross18

         i dont owe u any explanation, my comment is my alone.

  • palakasantayo

    Typical of a person who hates his origin. Very inconsiderate of his parents and culture he was brought in. Warning to the media… pay no attention to him, treat him as if he does not exist.

  • http://twitter.com/GPT607 GPT

    Lin is trying very hard stay low-key and avoid excessive spot lights.  His sensitivty towards not letting his popularity and media exposure to affect his Knicks team dynamics & NBA role should be understood and appreciated, certainly not translating to “snob”.

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    He may look Chinese but come on mga Pongas, he grew up American. He’s not conscious of his ilong dapa and singkit eyes anymore.

  • tadasolo

    Asian media should know the brutal reality of American media. It is highly competitive and combative and selective based on the advice of their agents to gain exposure and support their sponsors. If you are not in the circle and loop good luck to you. There is no sense in complaining and being childly sensitive and it is a sign of ineptness and incompetence more than a snub or racism. People used the race as a desperate attempt to gain attention

  • http://twitter.com/BlackieChanXXX Blackie Chan

    “to the Chinese media covering the gala, he’s nothing but a “snob.” …. Ummm NO. I’m pretty sure it’s because he’s NEVER been trained to deal with the media before.

    Jeremy Lin is not Tim Tebow, David Beckham, or Lebron James …. The other athletes have been interacting with the media since were teenagers. They have an army of publicists, agents, handlers fashion advisers, life coaches … etc. who’s job it is to make the client as attractive and marketable as possible.Lin doesn’t have all that support staff. Nor can he afford them with his < $680,000 undrafted NBA player salary.
     This is literally the first time Lin has been to a major red carpet event, he's not sure of how to act, or what to say. He gets out of the limousine, ducks his head down like a frightened child, and walks into the party. He does not look at the cameras, smile, or wave …. because he has not been trained to.

    He's playing it safe by trying to stay out of the spot light.

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