The latest outrage to grip a small segment of Twitter was NESN’s Kacie McDonnell, an old friend of this site, using “guinea tee” to describe the shirt a guy was wearing while shoveling mayonnaise into his face at a minor league baseball game. I have to be honest here, I’ve heard a few things in my day having worked construction, landscaping amongst former jail bait, etc. and I’d never heard “guinea tee.”
Turns out Italians don’t take too kindly to the terminology. Had no idea. The top result on Urban Dictionary for “guinea tee” is:
A white, ribbed, sleevless tee-shirt. Known also as a wife-beater singlet or a muscle shirt. Worn primarily as an undershirt, as its name implies, generally worn as a normal shirt on any given day by Itallian-Americans (Guineas, or the New Jersey sub-species of ‘guidos’) from Brooklyn, hence the name; “Guinea Tee“. Usually found in its natural habitat along coexistant species such as the baseball bat, Mets hats, and copius amounts of hair gel.
A quick check of Kacie’s IG shows us that she was in Italy just over a year ago. Seems like she loves the country and the people. I’m sure there was no harm meant here. Just a Philly girl letting one fly.
Kacie McDonnell on NESN just said “guinea tee,” that is goddamn ridiculous. Can NESN do anything right at all? pic.twitter.com/OtO4v0k1B4
— JPS (@rsfpt) June 18, 2019
Of course Kacie had to apologize for her choice of words and the 5 or so people she offended on Twitter who probably go over to Facebook to argue politics and call people names. But, it’s the era of the apology so here it goes from Kacie:
”… before we get to tonight’s Social Drive (sic), I’d like to take a minute to apologize to our viewers in particular those who I offended by an insensitive comment in my report last night. There’s no excuse for my use of hurtful words and again for that, I am truly, truly sorry.”
BTW, if you haven’t been keeping up with Kacie on Instagram, she’s still going strong with Eric Hosmer all these years later and just goes about her biz pumping out the content.