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ESPN Radio Hosts Call Transgender Athlete “It” In Disgusting Rant

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By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Dec 11, 2012
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  • 10 Comments
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      If you do not like what they say then do not listen to it. However, they have the right to say it. The radio station and its fans decide who should be suspended not the gay community. Every single time we get all shocked and outraged by this kind of stupidity it just presents us as being unable to handle anything negative that is said about us. That is not the narrative I desire to espouse.

      Dec 11, 2012 at 11:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thedrdonna
      Thedrdonna

      @tdx3fan: I’m curious, what would you say is the narrative you’re trying to create? Why doesn’t it involve calling out people with broad media platforms who use disgusting, bigoted, or ignorant language? What do you propose to do instead? Sure, they have a free right to say whatever they want, and we have a right to express our disgust if that is what we want to do. If I saw someone today, on the street, using racial epithets, I would call them out. That sort of response doesn’t make racial minorities sound “unable to handle anything negative that is said about [them],” it makes it clear that there is rational, legitimate discourse, and the use of that kind of language is actively discouraging to that discourse.

      The Republicans didn’t listen to the people who said things they didn’t like this last election, and look at how well that turned out for them. Just sayin’.

      Dec 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Callum
      Callum

      The photograph of the two homophobes remind me of Rush Limbaugh, all fat disgusting pigs. They and the station may have a right to their opinions, but I would suspect the advertisers and ESPN itself would not want the adverse reaction a simple boycott of their product or brand.

      Dec 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • erasure25
      erasure25

      @tdx3fan: Just as they have the right to make disgusting comments, we have a right to call them out and demand their suspension or firing. They have no right to a job. Usually, decency wins out and broadcast execs don’t like keeping people who are vile and disgusting on their air. If we don’t complain, it sends a message that it is ok to spew hate speech about trans folks. It is not ok. Complacency gives tacit approval to bad behavior.

      Dec 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mooz
      Mooz

      @tdx3fan:
      You don’t belong to ‘us’. We’re the ones who will not shut up and play nice. Don’t try to silence us or blame us for being unable to handle anything negative. We’re handling this just fine. Don’t like it? Go and espouse your narrative somewhere else.

      Dec 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @tdx3fan: Wow, that’s an utterly dimwitted way of looking at things even by your incredibly low standards.

      Mooz put the right response to such idiocy quite superbly so I shall reiterate it. You speak for nobody, you don’t even have the worth too defend yourself, how pathetic.

      This is disgraceful and they should both lose their jobs over this. It is NOT acceptable under any circumstances to ever refer to someone who is transgender as “it”.

      Dec 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      @tdx3fan:

      How does that even make any sense?

      Dec 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FStratford
      FStratford

      @tdx3fan:

      You are an idiot. The company that owns ESPN – their employer – has always encouraged us to defend our selves through words or deeds. Who the hell are you to say what we can or can not say about a DISNEY company when Disney?

      Disney has NEVER said anything like “If you dont like it dont watch”, so why are you putting words into their (corporate) mouth?

      Again, who do you think you are that you can speak on behalf of Disney?

      Dec 12, 2012 at 3:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport
      jwrappaport

      @tdx3fan: Nobody is suggesting that they shouldn’t be legally allowed to say what they want – what we are saying is that we won’t put up with it, and that we will call out bigotry and hatred when we hear it.

      Dec 13, 2012 at 10:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      Gee, this is confusing, where are all the resident Queerty’s boycott queens? Why aren’t they posting that they will never ever ever again listen or watch ESPN again, never mind they don’t have a clue who are what ESPN is nor where they would find it. LOL, you know who you are, silly girls!

      Dec 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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