To: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Re: Blackhawks/Canucks Intermission
During an intermission of Friday’s game, your program ran tweets from fans with their thoughts on the opposition. You also chose to publish a tweet from fan that referred to the Sedin twins as sisters. By airing this tweet your brand has promoted acceptance of sexism and further, homophobic attitudes. You have encouraged insulting athletes by equating their skill with women.
Frankly, this was just lazy on your part to find content to fill twenty minutes. Instead of providing commentary on the game, your broadcast opted to be cheap. Twitter is a fantastic platform for people to broadcast their thoughts but you really should not be encouraging such offensive conduct.
I would have hoped your organization was bright enough to be aware of what happened when Blue Shirts United decided to run an article which talked down to women and devalued their intellect. It immediately went over poorly. The article ended up being yanked and brushed aside as if it never happened. Blue Shirts has yet to apologize for publishing it which is even more hurtful.
The You Can Play Project has been really aggressively tackling this problem in sports culture. Did you know that Chicago Blackhawk Duncan Keith supports this initiative? Way to keep up with your own city’s team and what they do outside of their sport. I imagine the Blackhawks do not appreciate your network’s going in the opposite direction of their efforts to make hockey a more accepting and open sport for athletes of all varieties.
I ask you to please re-evaluate the tweets to air on your program. It is really not difficult to come up with standards as to what is an appropriate tweet to share. Here, I will help you with some guidelines:
- Is this tweet racist?
- Is this tweet sexist?
- Is this tweet homophobic?
If you answer yes to any of those criteria: don’t air it. It is a real simple process. This shows that as a company you feel a responsibility to promote messages that are in line with your values. Further, you are dedicated to being a progressive brand that is inclusive.
I really do not want the reply to the decision to run this tweet to be, “relax it’s just a joke.” I am entitled to be offended and disgusted that who I am is being used as a put down. So please learn from this, do better and set an example.
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AHWWWW!!! I miss them so muchhh. Also, Chris Bruton is on twitter, guys!
So I don’t even care how wrong Cosmo’s list of Hot Hockey Players 2013 is. I really don’t. First all of it’s from the publication that has a long history of bad sex advice that has ranged from wrapping a scrunchie around your dude’s discostick (something about blowjobs) to putting a bunch of fruit in or around your kit and caboodle (it will probably result in a yeast infection). Second of all, just shut up. Seriously.
It was quite hilarious today to see various men up in arms on the issue. I’m a bit confused as to why it is acceptable for a man to ogle and leer at female athletes. Actually, I’m not confused at all. I got the answer. You’re mad that ladies have it in them to flip the script and eye your favorites. This doesn’t make female fans dumber. Okay, it is bad public relations coming from Cosmo. But the male gaze is so damned dominant and when women get their time to give the once over; people lose their shit.
I don’t know how many times I’ve said this, but SEXY ONLY GOES SO FAR. A hockey game is a really long span of time to maybe glance your favorite eye candy and that’s not a good return on investment if that’s all you’re there for. I’m better off watching Crazy Stupid Love and skipping to the good Ryan Gosling parts. Or watching Drive and skipping to the good Ryan Gosling parts. Or watching Blue Valentine and skipping to the good Ryan Gosling parts.
Oh hockey, yeah. I mean, they don’t even have to be NAKED and I am positively thrilled and delighted. And during playoffs? I’m just overcome with the urge to rub my face on bearded cheeks. Or hope for stubble burn along my inner thighs.
I admire hockey players for their various body types because Sidney Crosby’s ass is just the most magnificent thing ever. But also for the skills and things they can do with their muscles.
Cosmo routinely drops the ball with address female satisfaction between the sheets. They dole out plenty of ways a woman can make oral sex better for a dude. But nothing about what the man can do in return. In the words of Ms Jackson: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?
Baby, I’m not gonna question what revs your engine. I’m just gonna tell you to floor it. You enjoy these dudes, whatever your type, and use them to your liking. And if you’re looking to make like Ginger and spice up your life. I recommend shopping Babeland.
I know the LACK of hockey has meant writers in a bind for what to post. But this is just not cool. I’m posting it below so you don’t have to go to the source and up their page hits.:
Dear, sweet, adorable men of the world… why is it that you can never just ask for directions?
No, really. Explain it to us, because there appears to be something wrong with your species that you can’t simply admit you’ve taken a wrong turn and that you need help. And darlings, this NHL lockout is one giant wrong turn leading to nothing more than a dead end street and an empty gas tank.
If you’d only listen to us – the women in your lives, the females sitting in the passenger seat rolling her eyes as you attempt yet another “shortcut” – we’d be back on the highway in no time.
Because that’s what we’re here for.
The problem with so many of you XY chromosome-bearing beings is that you have this need to be right…even when you’re so, so wrong. And then it’s up to us to come in and clean up whatever mess you’ve made. The lockout is no different; it has brought out the worst of the stereotypical male testosterone-laced uber-competitiveness, made worse by the intense glare of the media microscope. A giant pissing contest that can only be solved by people who have no interest in such a disgusting pursuit – namely us, the women.
So many of us have the ability to compromise without worrying about the stigma of backing down or wimping out or whatever overly masculine phrasing you want to associate with said compromise. We may hold grudges but rarely do they manifest themselves in the form of cutting off the nose to spite the face. We can help. Because what this lockout needs, what it’s severely lacking right now, is a woman’s touch.
This may come across as a bitter male-hating diatribe; it’s not meant as one. We love you menfolk and all your little quirks. But the longer this lockout goes on, the more bitter we become, and with only the men (and these men, specifically) running the show, there’s nowhere else for our vitriol to go. We want this to end, and it seems like the only way for that to happen is for someone new to step in and fix it… and if that someone happens to have breasts, so be it.
I just have no idea how this is supposed to work. It’s wrong on so many levels. My response to the post was:
Men and women are the same species. Wikipedia.
I’m a bit confused as to what is going on here. Other than jokes from an airport cocktail lounge circa 1994. I don’t understand how a lockout trickles down to misandry and boyfriend hating. The lockout is out of my control as a consumer and fan, which is the frustrating aspect. The solution isn’t in our hands. And by design, we don’t get to contribute. I mean, we complain about how long this has been dragging on for. But that’s what happens when you have a system in place with procedure. The American government is a prime example of bureaucracy, red tape and having checks in balance. In theory, it is supposed to provide the steps to come to an informed decision and not taking the hasty express lane. It sucks, truly but it’s why so many major business and corporations have this in place, so everyone has their say.
But that has NOTHING to do with some dude getting lost and not asking for directions. Everyone wants to get to the same place but its a matter of what route serves the best for who is driving. And if the dude is running out of gas in addition to getting lost; well he just sounds like a prize idiot and perhaps finding someone smarter is the best solution. Maybe next time just take the keys and drive. You are Beyonce; you are an independent woman and he is replaceable.
Further, the NHLPA does have women in the room working on negotiations. I asked one day on Twitter and three women answered immediately and told me that there are in fact women holding positions above secretarial and something like 40 percent of the staff are women.
The lockout has nothing to do with cocks present. It has to do with DOLLARS up for grabs and what is perceived as fair and ideal from whatever position. There’s a lot of people fighting for personal interests. Those need to be set aside and the priorities need to be re-evaluated. Solving this has nothing to do with presence or absence of nail polish, high heels and lipstick. Because WOMEN don’t even have the same ideas on how they would fix this and divide assets.
It’s a bit of a ridiculous statement to chuck all men trying to solving this in the dunderhead category and to paint women in this shining savior light because I am different and therefor the superior being who holds the solution to this all.
This counter opinion to the CBA stuff and decrying shouldn’t (and isn’t) even be rooted in misogyny or misandry. That’s just some overdramatic literary device and saying “to bake an apple pie, first you have to invent the universe!” Like if this lockout truly has someone hung up on the opposite sex and causes a brewing of loathing and hatred, holyshitballs that person needs to re-asses their life.
The author of the post later backtracked and told me to relax it was just a joke. See, this is a huge problem. Women are not entitled to be angry about anything. They are told to calm down, it’s just a joke, you’re taking it too personal etc. No, if we’re gonna get this egalitarian business women need to have their emotions respected as valid instead of laughed off. If that post was joke, it flopped harder than Christina’s Bionic.