One is tempted to label the Kevin Pillar controversy “Fag-gate,” except that “fag” has become one of those words, like Voldemort, that one dares not utter. Even in news reports that involve that revolve around it.
During a May 17 game against the Atlanta Braves, Blue Jays centre fielder Kevin Pillar struck out and, for whatever reason, apparently called Atlanta pitcher Jason Motte a “faggot.”
In about 99 per cent of all mainstream media reports, Pillar’s exact insult was not reported. Rather, “homophobic slur” or “anti-gay remark” was used by self-censoring news outlets to describe it.
Now, maybe the utterance of “faggot” isn’t necessarily nothing. But it certainly isn’t the crime of the century. Yet for at least a solid week, the Kevin Pillar incident was being endlessly rehashed in the sports pages and even the op-ed of mainstream media outlets.
The jump-the-sharknado moment came via sports columnist Steve Simmons in the Toronto Sun who penned a column item entitled:
“Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins showed true leadership dealing with Kevin Pillar situation”
The Kevin Pillar “situation”? You’d think that Pillar was the architect of a hostage-taking crisis.
What hypocrisy. I have a strung hunch that these holier-than-thou media pundits utter far worse slurs during, say, a road rage incident, but I guess if the camera doesn’t capture it then it never happened...