Former Major League Baseball Pitcher Curt Schilling Should Have Been Fired Already â€“ What’s Taking ESPN So Long?
Curt Schilling, once a Major League Baseball great and respected ESPN analyst on Monday shared on Facebook a despicable transphobic meme. It reads: “Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
This is the meme that Schilling saw worth his time to not only share, but comment on, and comment supportively on, which Outsports posted to Twitter:
â€” Outsports (@outsports) April 19, 2016
Schilling claims he “only” commented on the meme, and didn’t post it, but Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler, who originally reported the news, has a screenshot from Schilling’s Facebook page that shows otherwise, as does USA Today.
Not surprisingly, Schilling is virulently defending his comments, and his anti-trans position, as well.
â€œA man is a man no matter what they call themselves,â€ he wrote on the above meme, as Outsports andÂ ThinkProgress documented. â€œI donâ€™t care what they are, who they sleep with, menâ€™s room was designed for the penis, womenâ€™s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.â€
That wasn’t the end.
On his “Official Blog,” Schilling, who is 49, wrote a post to “all of you out there who are just dying to be offended so you can create some sort of faux cause to rally behind,” insisting all he did was make “a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period.”
Six months ago, Schilling was suspended, briefly, for a tweetÂ comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis. In his same blog post he defended that tweet too. He attacked those offended by it as “gutless cowards” andÂ called it the “meme that some of you clowns and more of you spineless looking to be offended folks turned into something it was not.”
ThinkProgress’Â Lindsay Gibbs notes that “Schilling really and truly believes that he is a victim in all of this. He has shown no desire or effort to learn, evolve, or make amends for his comments.”
USA Today’sÂ Andrew Joseph says “Schilling may not have been the original poster of the meme â€” he technically shared it. But he still posted and endorsed the message it promoted.”
“And after all the outrage,” Joseph concludes,Â “heÂ stillÂ doesnâ€™t realize whatâ€™s expected of him as a sports broadcaster.”
Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler says ESPN “has to” fire Schilling.Â
â€œWe are taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of reviewing it,â€ ESPN said Tuesday.
“Maybe making the matter even worse,” Zeigler writes, “one of ESPN’s MLB editors is a trans woman: Christina Kahrl. How does the company tell Kahrl anything but, ‘We reject this message and this man’?”
Image via Wikimedia
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Former Dem Senator Hilariously Nails Perfect Impression of ‘Pouting’ Trump at G7 Because Nobody ‘Likes Him’ There
During the “Overtime” segment of HBO’s Real Time, former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) made fun of Donald Trump before he arrived at the G7 summit in France, saying he will pout his way through the weekend because the other world leaders loathe him.
With host Bill Maher asking how the Trump will conduct himself, Heitkamp immediately went into a very recognizable arms-crossed pout, which caused the audience to burst into laughter.
After the two posed as Trump and German leader Angela Merkel from the last get together, Heitkamp had a few things to say about the president.
“Pouting, the president will pout,” she smirked. “Because people don’t like him. and he knows they don’t like him. And when people don’t like him, he pouts.”
“It’s embarrassing, it’s not just ridiculous,” she added. “And it’s dangerous, it’s dangerous with everything that is going on.”
Host Maher added, “He shouldn’t even go, he doesn’t even want to be there.”
‘A Monumental Fraud and Failure’: Trump Had a Plan to ‘Blow Up’ the G7 and Give the ‘Middle Finger’ to Our Allies: Report
President Donald Trump’s plan was to bully our G7 allies on a range of issues by touting the strong U.S. economy. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote Friday morning, “Trump will proclaim his ‘America First’ agenda a smashing success, and throw that in the faces of our European allies.”
That plan will have to be changed now that his trade war with China just exploded.
China imposed tariffs of $75 billion of U.S. goods on Friday. Trump launched a tweetstorm causing the DOW to drop more than 600 points (at several times during the day more than 700 points.)
The president apparently found wiping out the value of millions of Americans’ 401(k)s amusing:
The Dow is down 573 points perhaps on the news that Representative Seth Moulton, whoever that may be, has dropped out of the 2020 Presidential Race!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019
And just an hour after the markets closed, Trump once again took to Twitter, announcing he is increasing tariffs against China on $250 billion of goods.
“Trump’s appearance [at the G7] will in reality demonstrate that the very nationalist agenda he will be touting is, thus far, a record of deep fraudulence and failure, covered up with lies,” Sargent added. “Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, particularly the trade war with China, is a key reason the U.S. economy is now at greater risk of tipping into recession.”
“It’s important to appreciate just how heavily Trump’s political mystique relies on the constant middle finger he gives to allies and international leaders. It’s central to the story he told in 2016 and the one he’ll tell in 2020.”
Last year President Trump promised winning trade wars is “easy.”
When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018
Read the entire piece at The Washington Post.
Trump Administration Urges US Supreme Court to Declare Firing a Worker for Being Gay Is Legal
The Trump administration has just urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that firing an employee simply because they are gay is perfectly legal. The request comes in the form of a 34-page amicus brief, which was not required, but voluntary.
The brief, signed by Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco, tells the Court it is the opinion of the administration’s Dept. of Justice that a “plain text” reading of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do9es not protect gay people in the workplace from discrimination, including firing for being gay, as The Washington Blade, which was first to report, notes.
“The question here is not whether Title VII should forbid employment discrimination because of sexual orientation, but whether it already does,” the brief says. “The statute’s plain text makes clear that it does not; discrimination because of ‘sex’ forbids treating members of one sex worse than similarly situated members of the other — and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, standing alone, does not result in such treatment.”
President Trump has also stated he will not sign the Equality Act, which would specify that the Civil Rights of Act of 1964 does protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.
The Supreme Court will hear three cases related to anti-LGBTQ discrimination on October 8.
The move is consistent with the entirety of the Trump administration’s policies and actions.
Just ten days ago the Dept. of Justice tried to strong-arm the Equal Employment opportunity Commission to set aside up to eight years of findings and rulings and support the DOJ’s position firing LGBTQ workers is legal.
One week ago the DOJ in similar fashion urged the Supreme Court to rule that firing transgender workers is legal.
And on August 14 the Trump Dept. of Labor moved to prioritize the rights of so-called “religion-exercising organizations” over those of LGBTQ workers. The DOL offered a new proposal that appears to be a roadmap which faith-based organizations claiming to have religious beliefs or moral convictions can use to protect themselves from charges of discrimination.
As NCRM has reported previously, the Trump administration is the most anti-LGBT administration in modern U.S. history.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
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