I am still pretty hyped up on the whole Jeremy Lin thing, and I still probably will be for a while. I dunno, I think the portrayal of Asian men in the media strikes a certain chord with me, which is why I am so proud to watch him dominate the courts. I guess a (very small) part of me sees myself on the courts, making crazy plays against big black/white guys.
Anyway, with all the in- words that you can slap an L in front of and throw into the buzz storm, the one word that bothers me the most is ‘Linderella’. There is nothing Disney-esque or feminine about Jeremy Lin, so why try to relate him to a weak princess whose only aspiration is to get married to a powerful man? I am sure whoever coined the term meant well, but this is one of the first times we get to see an Asian man rise to the top in a hyper-masculine environment so there are plenty of other male underdog stories they could have made a name-pun with. There’s no reason to associate his rise to fame and story with Cinderella, if anything I feel like it subtly de-masculinizes (I think I just made up a word) him.