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The Internet never forgets.
Earlier this week, ESPN ran a minute-long promo featuring Lia Thomas. It was part of their Women’s History Month celebration. Just one problem, though: Lia Thomas is a dude.
The entire segment paints a picture of Thomas as a pioneer for transgender athletes in Division I sports. It praises Thomas’ persistence and triumph through adversity. And it celebrates Thomas’ championship in the women’s 500 freestyle.
In case you missed it, here’s a refresher:
Nothing says “let’s celebrate women” quite like forcing women to celebrate a man.
So I guess they thought we all forgot about that fiasco when ESPN PR ran this Women’s History Month promo video Friday:
The video touts some of ESPN’s most prominent female personalities: Laura Rutledge, Mina Kimes, Lisa Salters, Suzy Kolber, Diana Russini, Kimberley Martin, Sam Ponder, Michelle Beisner-Buck and Wendi Nix.
“We reached out to some of our women for words of encouragement and advice on what it’s like to be a woman in the NFL,” the narrator says.
Credit where credit is due, ESPN. At least these women are actual women.
They go on to tell us who inspired them, why it’s important for them to pave the way for other women in sports media, blah blah blah.
But no amount of feel-good, rah-rah rhetoric is going to make us forget about their transgender hero worship.
It is telling, though, that the Lia Thomas tribute got the Sunday “Sportscenter” slot. These women got Friday news dumped with a social media video tweeted by ESPN PR — not even the actual ESPN account.
But hey — if you’re going to be awful, be truly, unapologetically awful.
Great point, Mister Side of Beef. Where are the transgender reporters? So much for inclusivity!
There’s one more glaring problem with Friday’s ESPN video.
That’s it. That’s the one.
How do you honor ESPN’s female personalities without mentioning Sage Steele?
Steele is tenured, smart, talented and — oh yeah — openly conservative. She doesn’t toe the company line when it comes to what opinions she’s allowed to have.
Steele also doesn’t agree with ESPN on the whole transgender thing. Earlier this month, she spoke out when USA Powerlifting was ordered to allow transgender women to compete with biological females after losing a discrimination case.
So the moral of the story is ESPN loves women!
But only the women who shut up and know their place. And the ones who have a penis.
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Thank you Miss Harding! Keep up the good fight with this nonsense!
“Women’s History Month” is idiotic in and of itself. Why not add a little more idiocy to the mix?
ESPN is part of the leftist Pravda arm waging the propaganda war against the country for the Marxist Democrats. Phuck ESPN
It’s part of teh distruction of “America.” You must destroy the culture. Outkick, I challenge you to keep this comment;
In 10 years, assuming the USA still exists, there will be NO “tackle football” in the USA — and ESPN will be leading the charge for it’s demise.
WRITE THAT DOWN, because old-school Bear Bryant/Bobby Bowden, smash-mouth football is what separates REAL American men from the rest of the world’s men — the fact we DREAM of being in that mix scares the be-jesus out of the rest of the world!
I’m betting that ESPN has an algorithm that tells them anyone who has ever clicked on OUTKICK more than twice … and all of “us” are automatically eliminated from ESPN’s target marketing. …. I cannot imagine “Bristol / Disney” trying to poach any OUTKICK viewers.
They lost “all of us” several years ago except for live sports events where we have no choice. I have not watched an ESPN in-studio show since Mike&Mike were CXL…. 8-10 years ago?