Yesterday, Ethics Alarms noted the fact that the Tampa Bay Rays had decided to brand themselves during “Pride Month” as LGTBQ boosters with yet another rainbow themed patch meant to go on player uniforms, and that five players had chosen to duck the pandering. Around the same time I was writing the post, ESPN hostess (I bet she hates being called that rather than “host.” Tough.) Sarah Spain went on a rant in which she called the Rays players who decided not to go along to get along “bigots.”
Nice. Also Stupid. Also unethical.
“[This] is what tends to happen when frivolous class isn’t affected by things. That religious exemption BS is used in sports and otherwise also allows for people to be denied health care, jobs, apartments, children, prescriptions, all sorts of rights. We have to stop tiptoeing around it because we’re trying to protect people who are trying to be bigoted from asking for them to be exempt from it, when the very people that they are bigoted against are suffering the consequences you say trying to be bigoted.”
Wait, this woman’s a host and the best she can do off-script is that gibberish? I could talk better than that after a closed head injury.
Naturally, nobody spoke up to tell Spain that she was full of malarkey, or worse still, made little sense. But she was sounding off on “Around the Horn,” an old panel sports opinion show that used to be irritating because the panel was a bunch of ancient sports scribes who referred to the “internets” and hadn’t had a fresh idea since Mickey Mantle was playing, and now it’s irritating because it’s stocked with woke social justice warriors who don’t know the difference between sports and defunding the police. Imagine, not one of the “experts” assembled besides Spain—host Tony Reali, J.A. Adande, Bomani Jones, Elle Duncan and Clinton Yates—saw anything to argue with as Spain claimed that if you don’t let an employer twist your arm into supporting its virtue-signaling exercise of the moment as dictated by the marketing department, it means you are prejudiced, cruel and want to hurt people.
ESPN is now owned by Disney, so you know what drum beat its “talent” marches to. Truly, however, Sarah Spain is just engaging in woke bullying, like so many others. Right: choosing not to wear a patch denies gays et al. “health care, jobs, apartments, children, prescriptions, all sorts of rights.” Tell me another. Who believes that? Spain deserved to be laughed off the set, for the idea is ludicrous. The problem was created by the Rays, as I noted in the earlier post: the team’s great, big, sloppy kiss for trams militants and their pals created an oppressive environment where a player not choosing to actively endorse non-conforming sexual proclivities could be accused of objecting to them. How is a player supposed to say,”Sorry, I don’t feel one way or the other about what people do in the bedroom, what operations they want and organs they want to discard, who they marry, or how kinky they are, as long as they aren’t constantly shoving it all in my metaphorical face and demanding that I applaud”; how can they take the position, “You all can ‘be yourselves’ as long as you let me be myself, and for me, that means not letting peer pressure and political correctness dictate my public views,” without being tarred as a bigot by self-important leftist scolds like Spain?
Apparently they can’t, which is reason enough to label Spain the intolerant bigot and bully she is, and not to go near ESPN or anything else poisoned by Disney.