Yes, there is a man ironing while in a bathrobe in the middle of a closed down highway in England. But that’s not what we’re going to focus on here. We are instead going to focus on the professionalism of the reporter who covered this story for the news. You are about to hear a British woman explain in the most neutral of tones that “It’s all part of an extreme sport known as Extreme Ironing — or E.I. It sees people take an ironing board to a remote location and iron articles of clothing. According to the official website, Extreme Ironing is the latest danger sport that combines that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt.”
It feels so much less offensive when the British news covers YouTube videos than when CNN does it. Is that racist?