1. Related to my comment yesterday (I expected to get flack, but it never arrived) about how female commenters on Ethics Alarms tend to raise objections to the occasional pitched battles and harsh argument styles here, while the male participants largely take it in stride: I just saw an old interview with famed film director John Huston, in which he said, “One of the best ways to become friends with a man is to fight him.”
I don’t think a woman’s ever said that…or thought it. To be fair, neither have I.
2. Speaking of things women don’t do: Taunting, mocking, gloating and generally being what used to known as a bad winner is obnoxious, mean, bad sportsmanship (or course), a Golden Rule violation and wrong. Fans think its entertaining, however, so the various pro sports leagues tend to permit such antics. Football has, as with most matters, encouraged the most unethical conduct of the sort, but now the NFL’s officials have decided that on-field taunting is “out of hand.”
The new NFL rule: You can be an asshole, just not too much of an asshole. The league told officials to strictly enforce taunting rules, with automatic ejections of players who get two taunting penalties in a game. The player may also be fined or suspended, or both, depending on the severity of his transgression.
The renewed effort to enforce taunting rules will target “baiting or taunting acts or words” and “abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures” toward players, coaches and game officials, as defined by the N.F.L.’s unsportsmanlike conduct rules.
3. I suppose this could be an Ethics Quiz...I wrote about Dave Portnoy and Barstool Sports here. No doubt, this is a company built on guy-talk, locker room vulgarity, and pretty much the same stuff that got Donald Trump in trouble when his conversation with Billy Bush was recorded and leaked. A lot of people, yes, mostly men and sports fans, are entertained by the no-holds-barred banter and refusal to bow to political correctness. Yes, they may be Deplorables. But the company is a success and getting more successful; for example, Major League Baseball and Barstool Sports have had significant negotiations about having national midweek games on the site’s platforms. There is a market for political correctness and un-woke speech.
Barstool Sports has enough money, in fact, that it is sponsoring the Arizona Bowl. So because the company’s sports banter is unquestionably legal and functionally harmless, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted this week to cancel all funding to the Arizona Bowl to ensure that it would not be sponsoring past conduct and statements of Barstool employees. That’s a $40 million punishment because the Arizona Bowl dared to allow itself to be sponsored by a company whose personnel “have faced accusations of racism and sexism in the past.”
“This game should celebrate and showcase our community, but I believe that many members of our community will not feel part of the event because of the actions and words of Barstool employees,” said District 1 Supervisor Rex Scott. “The Arizona Bowl can make its own decisions about its title sponsor, but county government must consider other factors in considering whether to associate itself with that decision.”
There sure are a lot of ways the government can censor speech.
4. Democrats float a talking point to weather the Cuomo scandal, and it’s dishonest, insulting and stupid. I thought this essay by some hack on the Leftist cyber-rag “The Bulwark ” was so brazenly dishonest that it wasn’t worth writing about. His gaslighting thesis: Democrats police their own and get rid of the bad apples, but the Republican Party doesn’t. How anyone can say that about the party that continued to lionize Bill Clinton after as blatant and example of sexual misconduct in the workplace we are likely to see short of a rape, AND proceeded to nominate his wife to run for President, knowing that she worked with Bill to intimidate and discredit his accusers—AND when that same party nominated for its next Presidential candidate who was accused of harassment and sexual assault by former staffer, all while photos of him groping, kissing, hugging and sniffing unconsenting females of various ages while the women undersatndably hesitated to shout, as my sister once did to a handsy uncle at a fmily gathering, “Do NOT touch me again!,” at the Vice-President of the united States—well, the mind boggles. Great policing, there, Democrats! Then there is the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Justin Fairfax, who has was accused by two women in 2019 of sexual assault. His defense was that both consented to whatever it was he did to them. Hmmm…that sounds familiar. Where were the “police”? Oh, wait, Fairfax is black, isn’t he? Never mind, the rules don’t apply to him….
Having dismissed the Bulwark nonsense as inconsequential, I learns that MSNBC, which really is shameless, brought on former Democratic California Rep. Katie Hill, forced to resign in 2019 because of a sexual relationship with a staffer. She has claimed to be a victim of sexual prudery because the staffer was female. Never mind. Now she says,that when it comes to sexual harassment allegations Democrats are held accountable while Republicans get to stay in power. “I think we see now, there is absolutely no comparison,” Hill said. “It’s not even an issue. It’s excused. It’s basically pushed under the rug.” So far under the rug that Hill had no credible examples of sexual harassing Republicans who were allowed to stay in power, and, naturally, the MSNBC host never asked her about Fairfax…oh, wait, I keep forgetting, he’s black, so he doesn’t count.