It’s nail-biter time. The Scripps National Spelling Bee final is tonight.
Taking place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, the annual spell-off is once again being carried on ESPN. And once again, the chance that a South Asian-American will be the winner, is very good. Seven of the 10 finalists are of South Asian heritage. In fact, South Asian Americans have won the spelling bee every year since 2008. Last year, it was a tie behttp://www.adweek.com/fishbowldc/?p=145437&preview=truetween Sriran Hathwar of New York and Ansun Sujoe from Texas. Earlier this week, WaPo explored why Indian Americans dominate the bee.
And this may be the year the social media abuse has slowed — not stopped — but slowed. In a quick scan following this afternoon’s semi-finals most of the tweets were supportive, but there was the occasional troll:
They call it the Scripps American National Spelling Bee but it should just be the Scripps Indian National Spelling Bee.
— Timothy Arndt (@arndtiawesome) May 28, 2015
Yoooo the Spelling Bee is on lets gooo. My money is on the Indian kids….again.
— Brian Bevan (@BrianBevo10) May 28, 2015
Watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee, aka, the Indian Super Bowl @harikondabolu
— Nisha (@_nishades) May 28, 2015
Once again the Spelling Bee competition is dominated by Indian-Americans. Seems remembering clients' names is having long-term DNA impact
— Bhak Sala (@bhak_sala) May 28, 2015