ESPN announced Wednesday night it has fired outspoken baseball analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling after his reposting of a meme widely interpreted as anti-transgender on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
“Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated,” the network said in a statement.
The meme showed a picture of a male character wearing a wig and women’s clothing, with the caption, “Let him in! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
Schilling is said to have added the comments, “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves” and “Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
Here’s the meme image he posted:
OK, that’s a provocative image, and Schilling was unwise to post it in this LGBT-McCarthyite environment. But is so bad it merits firing? Besides, I’m pretty sure that a rather huge number of people, especially ESPN viewers, share disgust with how if you aren’t on the Trans Bandwagon, you are basically a neo-Nazi. And honestly, is the commonly held opinion below now the sin that dare not speak its name?:
“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
The reader who pointed me to the story said:
I mean, that guy (Schilling) seems like a d**k. But was it even that bad? A firing offense?
That’s what I don’t get. I wonder if he had not embraced that meme, if his political opinion would have been enough to get him fired.
I like this:
Someone should start a sports network that focuses on sports. I bet it would be HUGE.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 21, 2016
Another reader writes:
The witch hunts will continue!
What I also found peculiar is the testimony from his son:
“And while I will say he’s not the most well informed in the modern LGBT+ culture, i can assure you he’s made great strides to understand people today. If he were a bigot he wouldn’t have allowed my Trans friends to stay over, he’s respected pronouns and name changes- never once have I heard him say something to me that I thought he should keep quiet about.”
So now trans is a totally common thing among children? I thought this is supposed to be <.5% of the population yet his son is making it sound like they are a significant chunk of his group of friends. Were there all these trans people in our early years growing up who were being oppressed from their true selves?
Meanwhile, Britain is warning its LGBT citizens about traveling to Mississippi and North Carolina, which suddenly have become Mordor With Magnolias. The reader who tipped me off to that says:
They are going to get the entire world against the South over something everyone agreed on ten years ago.
This is called Progress. Sit still for long enough, and they’ll find a reason to smear you too.