Spending time with your best friend.
Spending time with your best friend.
Hate travels fast in the age of Twitter. No sooner had Joel Ward’s shot found the back of the net late Wednesday than racist rants began spewing on the Internet.
Web sites such as Chirpstory and BlackSportsOnline collected dozens of the vile tweets. Most used the n-word modified by the f-word. A few issued death threats. And some combined both: “That (n-word) deserves to hang.”
“Shocking to see,” Ward told USA TODAY Sports, “but it didn’t ruin my day.”
Ward, who was born in Toronto of parents from Barbados, heard about the tweets while on the Washington Capitals’ flight back from Boston after his Game 7 overtime goal knocked out the defending champion Bruins. Teammate Jeff Halpern showed Ward some of the tweets and apologized that he had to see that.
“Halpern just took offense that people weren’t talking about the goal, (but rather) getting into racist remarks,” Ward said. “I think he was telling me he had my back.”
So did Caps owner Ted Leonis, who attacked the haters on his blog, Ted’s Take: “What these people have said and done is unforgivable. I hope they are now publicly identified and pay a huge price for their beliefs.”
The NHL issued a statement that called the comments “ignorant and unacceptable” and said the people who made them “have no place associating themselves with our game.”
Some self-policing tweeters attacked the racist tweets. By Thursday evening, 31 of the 40 tweets highlighted on Chirpstory.com had been deleted and 17 of those accounts deleted. One tweeted an apology, saying he was 16 and had made a stupid mistake.
“I think it is just kids,” Ward said. “It has no effect on me whatsoever.”
Some of the tweeters indicated they were Bruins fans, though it is hard to know how many are from Boston, a city with a fraught history of racial tension.”
Man, I love this picture, but the Sports Illustrated photo-gallery it’s been posted in made me want to punch a kitten. Hey, SI, thanks for labelling all female hockey fans ‘Puck Bunnies’
Hockey fans come in all shapes and sizes, buy few are as passionate as the league’s female fans (aka - Puck Bunnies). Whether it’s proposing to a player through the boards or painting their stomachs with the name of their favorite team, these ladies are not shy about expressing their devotion. In this gallery, SI pays tribute to the NHL’s Puck Bunnies.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1203/nhl.female.fans/content.1.html#ixzz1ocvAMtCQ
Really bros? Firstly, fuck you. Secondly, so what if I am attracted to a hockey player, does that make my interest in hockey any less sincere? Does it make my knowledge or opinions any less valuable? Whatever you like about hockey, whether it’s the skill, the violence, or the players’ amazing hockey asses, that’s fine. As long as every person there is enjoying themselves, who cares? This photo-gallery demeans female hockey fans, not by showing them having a good time, and expressing their attraction to hockey players (and seriously, look at that picture, those girls are having the time of their lives at a hockey game which is awesome) but by suggesting that this is the only role that women can play in hockey.
By labelling female fans ‘Puck Bunnies’, they’re separating female fans from male fans and making judgements about the way they can interact with the sport. Furthermore they’re insinuating that female hockey fans only appreciate the players, not the sport itself, and therefore are inferior to the ‘real fans’, who can either be men, or women who go out of their way to protest that they’re not ‘puck bunnies’.
So SI, this is bullshit. Not because there is anything wrong with any of these photos, but because you’re using them to perpetuate a damaging stereotype which prevents female sports fans, and female athletes from being taken seriously. And that’s not cool.
If you want to make a complaint to Sports Illustrated, they have a Contact Us form here. I would encourage people to contact them, because this misogynistic crap is not ok.