The New York Giants are in the midst of an ugly season.
But none of their five brutal losses to open the year were as cringe-inducing as this 15-second exchange between broadcasters Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth during the Giants’ Sunday-night tilt with the Denver Broncos.
Oh, Al Michaels… no! pic.twitter.com/0w7mlRspNd
— @NYYDJ2 – Cole (@NYYDJ2) October 16, 2017
“I mean let’s face it, the Giants are coming off a worse month than Harvey Weinstein,” Michaels said, referring to the Hollywood producer who’s been the focus of several reports detailing alleged sexual abuse to actresses for decades.
Never mind that it’s just not a funny joke—there’s a reason Michaels isn’t a professional comedian—but that the joke commiserates with the producer (even in a joking matter) and calls his being exposed as an alleged serial abuser a “bad month” did not sit well with viewers.
Al Michaels made a Harvey Weinstein joke pic.twitter.com/eOYROQgXtL
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 16, 2017
Al Michaels here are the rules on making jokes about Harvey Weinstein…
— Yinka Ayinde (@Saxyprince) October 16, 2017
Chris Collinsworth after Al Michaels Harvey Weinstein Joke pic.twitter.com/NIuOq7qXFB
— Brock (@BrockOgami) October 16, 2017
Al Michaels is what happens when you surround yourself with people that routinely laugh at your bad jokes.#SNF
— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) October 16, 2017
Al Michaels just went full retire bitch
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) October 16, 2017
NBC Sports PR typing Al Michaels’ apology pic.twitter.com/FNCMdNJEGG
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) October 16, 2017
Wow. NBC responded quicker to Al Michaels’ Harvey Weinstein joke than they did to Harvey Weinstein.
— Jason. (@VegasRebs) October 16, 2017
Did Al Michaels just really say that?
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) October 16, 2017
Notice that even in Al Michaels’ bad joke, it is that Harvey Weinstein who had a bad week, not his rape victims who had a bad everything.
— Donald J Orwell (@DonaldJOrwell) October 16, 2017
Michaels later apologized for the remark by quietly sweeping it under the rug.
Al Michaels’ apology for Weinstein joke pic.twitter.com/QrIPTb6l2X
— That Dude (@cjzer0) October 16, 2017
The Giants improved upon their terrible season, winning 23-10 to up their record to 1-5.