Let’s be clear: There are no anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-black, anti-white, anti-insert-your-favorite-color/flavor-here, anti-woman or anti-any-group-on-Earth comments here. But PC media bullying says there is, and in the Orwellian world in which the PC-crowd runs, well, as George himself said, “Some are more equal than others.”
At its core, the virus of Political Correctness is a viewpoint that certain groups are allowed to say certain things, and certain groups are not. Certain groups are legitimate subjects for jokes, certain groups are not. Which group is fashionable at any particular time changes depending on elitist opinion in concert with political winds.
The strangest thing about Political Correctness: Political Correctness does not tolerate diversity of opinion, and the people who are preaching “tolerance” practice no such thing.
It’s impossible for the PC-crowd to disagree without smearing the opposition. Smear them and they’ll call you a “McCarthyite”. But when the PC-crowd smears you, it’s fair game.
The feeling that the PC virus engenders is one of fear: Fear of being smeared. Fear of being misrepresented.
To challenge a totem issue of the PC-crowd is to be tarred a racist, sexist, a homophobe. What’s worse, as evidenced by the spineless corporate weasels at Rogers Sportsnet, you could lose your job for simply stating an opposing view.
“I’m a little disappointed in some of the response,” said Reynolds according to the Canadian Press. “If you oppose a viewpoint, you’re immediately targeted by some people as a hater, a bigot, intolerant, homophobic and many other terms. That’s obviously not the case for people who know me. I don’t hate anyone and I’m certainly not a bigot.”
Reynolds is absolutely spot-on right about his treatment.
It’s not enough for Avery’s supporters to engage in an argument with an opponent. The opponent must be smeared, branded a bigot or something similar that reeks of “untouchable” and fired if possible, as in the case of Damian Goddard, an anchor at a popular Canadian sports TV network.
“I completely and whole-heartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage,” said Goddard on his personal Twitter account.
Since we live in a tweeter-licious age, the TV network joined the fray, the virus of political correctness striking fear in their corporate hearts.
“Today’s tweet from Damian Goddard does not reflect the views of Rogers Sportsnet,” an entirely fair statement from Rogers. But that wasn’t enough. The next day, Goddard was fired for his views.
THE SPINELESS CORPORATE SNAKE:
Entirely motivated by fear, Mr. Rashford and the gutless corporate suits he represents know that this is entirely politically motivated. Rashford issued a tepid statement on behalf of his bosses. In a statement, Sportsnet spokesman Rashford said: “Mr. Goddard was a freelance contractor and in recent weeks it had become clear that he is not the right fit for our organization.”
First sign of a corporate coward: Rashford states that “in recent weeks” Goddard was “not the right fit.” Yeah, sure. This is entirely attributable to events of recent days, not weeks. That’s obvious.
Second sign of a corporate coward: Rashford relays that Goddard was “a freelance contractor” so that he can worm his way out of association with the subject of his smear.
Rogers Sportsnet is bound by the concept of free speech and inquiry; of objectivity, but I don’t see any of Avery’s supporters being fired, nor should they be. It’s a double standard.
It’s worth noting that neither Mr. Goddard nor Mr. Reynolds said anything hateful toward gay people. No matter to the PC cops: Goddard lost his job. Fear wins. Shut your mouth if you have something unfashionable to say.
Goddard’s firing is an absolute shame, executed by people who hide behind the Trojan horse of a “Tolerance” that they do not practice. I pray that Goddard has a good lawyer, because Rogers deserves a fight.
Sad to see Sean Avery’s brave act against intolerance be upstaged by intolerance itself.
So much for tolerance.
Avery’s PSA can be viewed online.
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