NHL player Ivan Provorov, a Philadelphia Flyers defenseman, has declined to wear a “Pride”-themed warmup jersey as mandated by the team and the league, which has been pandering hard to the LGBTQ mob.
“I respect everybody’s choices. My choice is to stay to true to myself and my religion.” Provorov says. He is a member of the Russian Orthodox Church, which holds a traditional position on gender and sexuality. Flyers coach John Tortorella has defended Provorov’s position.
He should. The “Pride” jersey is a political statement, and no American—or Russian!—should be required to make any political statement against his or her will. The NHL is out of line, unethical, and wildly so.
Naturally, wokism being what it is (totalitarian), Provorov is being attacked by activists and members of the media, because so many people are weenies and will fold like an origami swan if anyone criticizes them. NHL Network’s E.J. Hradek said that if the player will not “assimilate” —that is, knuckle under to the mob– he should instead go fight for Russia in Ukraine. “If it bothers you that much, there’s always a chance to leave, go back to where you feel more comfortable,” said Hradek. “I understand there’s a conflict of sorts going on over there, maybe get involved.”
Proverov is a better American than Hradek.
The player is showing fans and citizens of this country, particularly academics, school administrators, timid comedians and anyone else who doesn’t quite grasp the concept underlying “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” how responsible citizens, cognizant of their individual duties to the society and culture, need to respond when enforced conformity beckons.
And thus, with this Ethics Hero designation for Ivan Provorov, Ethics Alarms hereby officially announces a new honor, the Bite Me, honoring those bold and essential people whose response to being bullied, pressured and threatened into submissiveness is to say, “Do your worst. I believe in what I am doing, and I don’t grovel to mobs.”
I must make one thing clear: the Bite Me will not always we awarded to someone who is in the right. However, the refusal to be intimidated, and the elimination of the impulse to emulate Winston Smith when unpleasant consequences loom for staying true to one’s own beliefs and principles—the insistence on individualism rather than seeking approval from the majority or a powerful crowd—are crucial to the survival of the American spirit.
The Bite Me also has an official song…
Pointer: Willem Reese