The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
Everybody by now has seen enough about the Ray Rice domestic assault fiasco and the resulting circus to know where this thread is coming from. As is
usually the case with modern humanity, a current issue is hitched onto and whipped in the media until it is run into the ground and lies dead, which
is what we're seeing right now.
What bothers me isn't Rice's indefinite ban, whether the NFL saw the video or did not see it, or even anything directly addressing this specific
case itself. What bothers me the most is the hypocrisy we're seeing not only manifested, but endorsed and groomed to the point where anyone who
disagrees with it is immediately set upon by the wolves as well. Case in point, two news items from today:
Insensitive comments? Wait... when did "insensitivity" become a crime? I mean the Ted Robinson thing is beyond ridiculous right out of the gate
because he's a radio personality who is paid to generate discussion and provide opinionated commentary. Stating the damned obvious "Who in the hell
would marry a man who just cold cocked her in an elevator?" is not insensitive, it is in fact the question EVERYONE probably had pop into their head
upon reading the story in the first place. Paul George, on the other hand, made a similiar point from the flip side, and I think it was a valid
statement: "If his wife won't take beef with getting beat up, why is it anyone else's business?" "Insensitive" or not, there is legal
groundwork for that stance in about half of the states... Those states require charges be pressed BY the victim and do not allow the state to press
the charges directly. Paul George is to be criticized and made to appologize for an opinion which alligns with half the nation's legislative logs?
Then there's this hypocrisy:
12 years ago Cardinal's pitcher Chuck Finley was beaten severely by his wife, Tawny Kitaen. This beating occurred because Finley didn't strike her
to defend himself, then he filed charges. What was the aftermath?
Jokes were made at Finely's expense, of course!
He, meanwhile, faces constant heckling for the rest of his career and the distinct possibility that despite nearly 200 wins and more than 2,000
strikeouts, he will be forever remembered as the 6-foot-6 pitcher who got beat up by the chick in the Whitesnake videos.
Top three things Finley might have said to so enrage his wife: 3. "I feel so happy for Halle Berry. Now there's a player's wife who could
actually act." 2. "No honey, I don't think that dress makes you look fat. I think it makes you look fatter." 1. "Oops! Sorry, dear. That must
have been the video from my bachelor party."
Now, imagine if the assholes at ESPN started cracking even the slightest of jokes about Janay Rice... Can you fathom the backlash if Stewart Scott had
said "Hmm, I wonder if Ray caught Janay picking Adrian Peterson in her fantasy draft?" But tell me that "joke" wouldn't allign perfectly with
"No honey, you don't look fat."
This blends perfectly into hypocrisy number 3, which is likely to be fairly controversial because it lays humanity's warts bare for the world to see.
Gender equality is a social and physical impossibility. This is a clear cut situation of having to choose between either having a beautiful cake to
show off or eating the cake and enjoying its taste, and you cannot do both. Either women are the equals of men physically and emotionally (as NOW
would often have us believe) or there is a clear "inequality" which requires laws and positions to compensate for these differences (as NOW would
also have us believe... only sans the real
underlying rationale being expressed)
The bottom line here is this, if you're opposed to gender inequality, it MUST go both ways. If you'd get suspended or fired for cracking a Janay
Rice "joke", you should lose your job or be suspended for cracking a Chuck Finley "joke"... At the same time, if you believe a male domestic
abuser and his defenders should see real punsihment, then you should feel the same way about a Tawny Kitaen or an Emma Roberts or a Whitney Houston
(who admitted once that she routinely beat the hell out of Bobby Brown, who in turn was emotionally
abusive). Where was the outrage when Jay Z
was hit by his sister in law in an elevator and caught on camera awhile back? Oh, that's right... the "outrage" came in the form of late-night
talk show hosts cracking jokes about him and his manhood.
Now, just in case I haven't stirred the pot enough, I will close with a New Testament passage.
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's
I'm not suggesting that it is wrong to have a negative viewpoint on Ray Rice, or even to feel he has no place in the NFL. That incident goes above
and beyond a mote (mite) in the eye. I am, however, suggesting that most of the peripheral jabbering circulating around this issue is hypocritical
nonsense and will remain such until society as a whole cleans their own house... then let the mote removals commence.
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.