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If I were a fan of the Chicago Cubs, today would be a day I might need a major reconsideration; one which has precious little to do with baseball. That’s because today is the day all questions about those who run this organization were removed. Top to bottom, the management of the Chicago Cubs is filled with hypocritical assholes.
The reasons why are summed rather nicely in this tweet.
The @cubs fell for an Internet prank about the okay sign being a white power gesture & banned a fan for life for flashing it. Then the same day they paid Addison Russell millions of dollars to play baseball for them even though he beat his wife. Read this: https://t.co/Zdy68bT2QY
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) May 9, 2019
First of all, the whole bit about the “OK” sign being a symbol of white supremacy is a hoax. That’s been documented time and time again, and again if you scroll through the response to Clay Travis’ tweet, and even yet again if you go to Travis’ article on this subject, where he extensively quotes the Anti-Defamation League’s exposure of this internet prank.
Here’s Exhibit A:
“The 4chan site is an anonymous discussion board with an outsized cultural impact on the internet. It has been responsible for everything from the “I can haz cheeseburger” cat meme to the concept of Rickrolling. There is little that 4channers like as much as a hoax, and in recent months, they have served up a number of fakeries with white supremacist themes to largely credulous online audiences.
The “OK” hand gesture originated as one of these hoaxes in February 2017 when an anonymous 4channer announced “Operation O-KKK,” telling other members that “we must flood Twitter and other social media websites…claiming that the OK hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy.” The user even provided a helpful graphic showing how the letters WP (for “white power”) could be traced within an “OK” gesture. The originator and others also suggested useful hashtags to help spread the hoax, such as #PowerHandPrivilege and #NotOkay. “Leftists have dug so deep down into their lunacy,” wrote the poster, “We must force [them] to dig more, until the rest of society ain’t going anywhere near that s***.”
That should pretty much tell you where we’re headed here. The fun part is that it takes almost no time researching the “OK” gesture to come across this. That also should tell you how much research the Cubs put into this matter before their knee-jerk reaction.
It only takes two nails to seal the Cubs’ stupidity coffin here.
It is important to realize that the “OK” gesture is a nearly universal hand gesture and most usage of it is completely innocuous. Even when used as described here, the fact that white supremacists, the alt lite and many Trump supporters all use the symbol means that one cannot assume that anyone who poses with such a gesture is intending or exhibiting an association with white supremacy. Only if the gesture occurs in context with other clear indicators of white supremacy can one draw that conclusion.
Case closed. The Chicago Cubs banned a guy from Wrigley Field for a “racist” gesture which in no way, shape, or form is racist. Then, they issued a statement which in part said “…ignorant and repulsive behavior is not tolerated at Wrigley Field.”
Who do these assholes think they are kidding? Wrigley Field is two or so hours from my front door; I’ve been in the “Friendly Confines” more than once. Trust me, I’ve seen stuff far worse than gestures, even ones that are meant to convey unmistakably negative messages. I’ve seen a woman giving some dude a blowjob in a men’s room stall during a rain delay, various acts of drunkenness complete with public vomiting and/or urination, and multiple straight-up fights both in and around Wrigley.
So, not only are the Cubs completely full of shit, they are monstrously tone-deaf. That’s Game Two in this double-header.
The very same day they banned a fan for fake racism, the Chicago Cubs gave a wife-beater multiple millions of dollars to play baseball.
Before I go any further, let me make something crystal clear. I firmly believe everybody has a right to earn a living, and I have huge problems with organizations which aren’t law enforcement doing law enforcement duties. In other words, I’m not a guy who thinks domestic abusers like Addison Russell shouldn’t be playing baseball because the Chicago Cubs or Major League Baseball suspended them; he shouldn’t playing baseball for a while because his ass is doing hard time. But that’s a rant for another day.
Specific to this case, it boggles the mind that in the very same day the Cubs as an organization completely over-reacted to an issue largely because of their concern for public perception could also give an admitted domestic abuser a massive payday and be completely clueless to the optics of that situation.
But that’s the blinding power of hypocrisy. What else explains the inability to see the folly in banning a fan who did absolutely nothing wrong while simultaneously taking that fan’s money to pay a guy who admitted beating the shit out of his wife?
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