Re: Homophobic Slur Garbage
posted at 9/28/2011 2:22 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Homophobic Slur Garbage
what a sad commentary on our society. that might be YOUR reality, but it's certainly not mine. i teach in a school, and observed a student mocking the special education students walking to lunch. i nearly lost my cool and my job in an effort to show this dispicable teenager(senior) the error of his ways. the fact that you find it OK for ADULTS, and even gretzky to behave in this way is incomprehensible. shame on gretzky for ALLOWING this behavior on his team. if he speaks up against these belittling behaviors towards the less-fortunate, it would have ended. period. children emulate the actions of their elders and like it or not sports heroes. the world does not exist in a vacuum. these things are not mutually exclusive. to say there is a right time and place for bigoted, and hateful behavior is sending the wrong message. seeing as how i was spot on with my previous post, it's no wonder you can't understand how hurtful these hateful actions/words can be to those UNLIKE YOU. you know gays, non-whites, women, muslims, handicapped...just to name a few.
Posted by adkbeesfan
adk - First off, I respect and appreciate your opinion. It's obvious that you are a passionate in your beliefs and that is to be admired.
It's important to note that my REALITY is much like your REALITY. But, to say that I find this type of behavior to be OK is wrong. I think any reasonable person knows that it is wrong. I'm merely saying that this is what exists in pro sports, like it or not. I have also experienced my fair share of hurt,abuse and ridicule throughout my life so I think I have a reasonable understanding of what it's like to be different.
In a perfect world these types of behaviors would not exist and everyone would get along fine. But, we all know thats just not the case. There is a distinct double standard when it comes to 'real life' and pro sports. It's the 'ugly side' to the game that is not talked about but, let's face it, people still love thier sports whether they want to accept it as the truth or not. I'm guessing you may love to eat sausages but do you really want to know how they are made.
Yes, the words/actions are hurtful and we would NEVER use them in everyday interactions with people. In sports they are a tool used to throw people off their game and gain a mental edge. Will you stop watching Bruins hockey knowing that this behavior exists EVERY NIGHT ??? Will You ????? Im guessing you will continue to watch.