posted on May, 4 2015 @ 02:49 PM
originally posted by: MagmaCumsLoudly
What does it say about society that the literal criminal, arguable misogynist and proven recidivist woman beater could not only draw such
crowds to a boxing match, but that he was permitted to continue in the sport after such a dubious societal track record? Are females really held
in such low regard in today's world?
I think the issue is you're talking about a sport that has a history of fixing, drugs, abuse of competitors, and involvement in organized crime and
then using that to construct a narrative about society. Furthermore you really need to look at the actions of other sports ...
If someone were to assault people based on race - punching everyone they saw who they did not like base purely on their racial
derivation - would they be allowed to continue in a vocation where they're clearly a role model for impressionable youth? If someone clobbered the
elderly because they were ageist, would they be accepted as influential members of society?
I'm not sure about the ageist part, but racist statements and assault charges (although this is slowly changing) are still plentiful enough in many
sports that I'm almost certain you can't make this claim. The Nasty Boys almost killed Ken Shamrock (wrestling) and I don't believe they were
charged. Melvin Costa has Nazi tattoos and fights for King of the Cage. This person campaigns for white heritage month. Tito Ortiz was charged for
battery with serious bodily injury in 1998. Paul Gascoigne has been arrested piles of times (soccer). Brock Lesnar is a known to be against
homosexuality, and so is Manny Pacquiao for that matter. Alexander Gustafsson was imprisoned for assault, but has an active career. Scott Hall
actually killed someone. Yes, killed. MVP did 9 years for kidnapping and robbery. I can go on and on. Fact is being good at a sport, especially a
fight sport, doesn't necessarily make you a well rounded human being with in depth political opinions and why should it?
On the other hand many sports have banned competitors for life due to horrible crimes they've committed. The UFC have refused people like Benjamin
Brinsa due to Neo Nazi ties. The UFC recently (2014) included provisions to investigate people's criminal history before hiring them. Some American
footballers have been banned for life due to crimes. Blah blah ... I don't even follow sports.
I could go on and list all these incidents one by one, but you can look all this up. Given the UFC only just
changed their hiring procedures
and most other fight sports haven't I don't think its anything to do with gender in particular. If anything male on male violence and assault claims
are overlooked in these sports as are several other crimes such as drink driving. For example, no one in the main stream press cares about Alexander
Gustafsson or the near death of Ken Shamrock. There isn't a pile of articles demanding boycotting of Kevin Nash who was arrested for assaulting his
son. Scott Hall was at wrestlemania 31. Who cared? But how many people know that 'War Machine' went on the run from police after beating expartner
pornstar Christy Mack? More it seems.
In conclusion, there are hundreds if not thousands of racist, sexist, violent, egotistical sports (and sports entertainment) stars with all of the
intelligence of a brightly colored brick sitting in a sand pit. Gendered violence and racism are starting to be paid attention to in this space as
we've seen by some recent changes and articles such as
by and large these sports will attempt to ignore vast criminal histories if it means a significant pay day. It's really nothing to do with the value
of women in society but the value of money and the cultural meaning of crime within each sport. In many sports sexual and gendered assault is one of
the few things that can cause a speed bump in someone's career. If Scott Hall had murdered a woman I don't think the person would have had a several
decade long career.