You’ll recall Ronan Tynan, the Irish tenor who used to sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch at Yankee Stadium. You’ll also recall that Tynan ran into some trouble back in October, getting sacked from his Yankees gig as the result of some comments he made to a realtor about Jews looking at apartments in his building. Will Leitch of New York Magazine caught up with Tynan recently and has the singer’s first public comments since the incident. It’s been a rough time for him.
I suppose my sympathy for the guy is dependent on whether his comments at the time are, as he claims, the result of a misunderstanding or a misguided attempt at a joke or, as was reported at the time, constituted some sort of racial slur.
Limited sympathy at best, of course, because as even Tynan said at the time, he was being stupid. And though we may not particularly like the overly-sensitive world in which we live, the fact is that in this day and age, even casual remarks by barely public figures can turn into public relations issues if it even smells like it touches on race.