Ethics Dunce, And That’s Not The Half Of It: ESPN Host Sarah Spain

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.

7 thoughts on “Ethics Dunce, And That’s Not The Half Of It: ESPN Host Sarah Spain

  1. She’s just reading from the Lefty Catechism. As is everyone her age in all corners of the media. And in colleges and universities and in HR departments. These people have been marinated in this stuff. They are implacable and robotic. And not as smart as they think (or their degrees might indicate) they are. But boy, they sure are full of themselves.

    • What is more, at this point they also believe that no one is allowed to simply choose not to be involved in their causes. You either embrace their causes, or you get branded the enemy.

  2. Politicians of both parties, progressives, the media, and the tech oligarchs are dividing this country. No good can come from a divided people. By their incessant accounts, there are bigots and racists around every corner and under every rock. All white folk are tainted with the original sin of white privilege. There is no escaping it. All Lives Don’t Matter, only Black Lives Matter. The demand for equality has morphed into a demand for equity. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is championed far and wide. However, DEI is only available to certain groups. Conservatives, religious, and white folk need not apply.

    “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
    George Orwell – Animal Farm

    “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
    Martin Niemöller

    It is important for all to speak out and denounce the hypocrisy and oppression in our culture today. Virtue signaling and appeasement of radical activists will only intensify future radical demands. The time to go along to get along may be coming to an end. When will we learn?

    • I have to laugh, because the same persons who want to come for the conservatives today were saying “First they came for the Muslims – and then we said, “not this time motherf***ers!” at the beginning of 2017.

      These days it’s more like:

      First they came for the Second Amendment, and I said nothing, because they said they were protecting schoolchildren.

      Then they came for the Fourth Amendment – and I said nothing, because they said if you had nothing to hide, then you had nothing to fear.

      Then they came for the Fifth Amendment – and I said nothing, because they were just streamlining the process to get bad people out of society.

      Then they came for the First Amendment – and I said nothing, because they were just stopping the spread of disinformation and misinformation.

      Then they came for me – and I was disarmed, cowed and silenced,with no protection, so I had no choice but to go quietly with them.

  3. We need to put a stop to this trend. Nobody must get away with promoting the idea that declining to virtue-signal is the same thing as being an enemy of whatever the literal cause of the month is. When it comes to causes that people are already well aware of, raising awareness or “showing support” stops being a meaningful contribution, and yet those are all that many humans seem to know how to do.

    To get accomplish anything constructive beyond this point, people actually have to talk with each other. That’s why the way I support causes is by facilitating mutual understanding. The people who are yelling and calling names are only making things more difficult.

    I can’t add to Jack’s deconstruction of Sarah Spain, but I can point out that, “If you’re not with me, then you’re my enemy,” is the recently-dubbed Darth Vader’s line from Revenge of the Sith.

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