Big news in the sports world recently, Curt Schilling has been fired by ESPN because he shared a meme with his comment "men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much."
And Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks has been suspended for a playoff elimination game for using the word “faggot”, he also has been fined $5000 and will be forced to undergo sensitivity training. That’s what hockey needs, sensitivity. You get five minutes for blasting away with your fists, but say the word “faggot” and the whole building is torched. TSN actually pixelated his lips when replaying the words!
Apparently, one of the commentators there argued, it was okay to threaten someone’s life, but not use the f-word.
The rule has been around for a few years, but I was unaware of it until now.
Later Shaw put out a statement apologizing:
“I am sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks that I made last night while in the penalty box. When I got home and saw the video, it was evident that what I did was wrong, no matter the circumstances. I apologize to many people, including the gay and lesbian community, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, Blackhawks fans and anyone else I may have offended. I know my words were hurtful and I will learn from my mistake.”
It reminded me of Dr. Matt Taylor’s crying apology after being attacked by feminists for his shirt after landing a space craft on a comet.
Dennis Miller, comedian and conservative talk radio host, commenting on Facebook, put it this way:
“Even Orwell wasn't prescient enough to hatch the phrase "mandated sensitivity training."
With a quick search around the net you can find all the tough guys commenting about how wrong it was for Shaw to use those words. Guys like Kypreos, Laraques and, to his everlasting shame, Don Cherry. Do you figure if you were to put that video of Cherry telling Maclean that it was okay for Don to kiss a player but not for guys like Ron, into today’s atmosphere there would be a similar reaction to his homophobia? Tough guys, true truculence.
See, I am a Catholic, that means I believe in traditional marriage, but it also means that I do not talk the way that Shaw did. To put a real fine point on it, I do not even swear. I have gay relatives and gay friends, they know my positions, and I know their positions, and that does not stop us from getting along.
But this issue is really not about decorum.
Anthony Esolen wrote a fantastic article on this topic a few days ago. The thrust of the article is that the whole bathroom business and gay goose-stepping is about power. The left gets to decide what positions are acceptable, what words are acceptable and if you do not fall in line, there will be consequences. The tolerant left demands conformity, it demands submission. Sure, you can do what you want with your genitalia, with him, her and/or zer. But you better not have any judgements about what other people do, unless they are overly heteronormative. You can judge those kind of judgements.
This is true across the board when the left pursues a political agenda: there are no “climate-skeptics”, just deniers; no pro-assimilation advocates, just xenophobes; no concerned inquirers into the safety of gay male sexual behavior, just homophobes. And that really gets to the bottom of the issue doesn’t it? The only thing you are allowed to question, is your own sexuality.
ESPN and the NHL are counting on the cost of caving to the Rainbow Regiment being lower than the cost of their fan base who advocate for an open society, where people do not have rules about what syllables you can utter in what order.
Shaw later added, “I’ll never use that word again, that’s for sure.”
People who want fight back against this type of tyranny really only have one choice: stop watching and stop buying their products. It was easy for me to stop watching the NHL during the regular season, I have played recreational hockey with a number of former NHLers and other Pros, they have told me they only watch in the playoffs.
But being a huge hockey fan, I think I own around ten NHL sweaters and countless other products and have watched at least a game every night of the playoffs so far, the decision to stop watching all together is tough. But I will do it. This is not about words, but about fighting totalitarianism.