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In a very interesting plot twist, it turns out the Washington Post op-ed writer who blasted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and called the use of the Buccaneers’ name “problematic” because it is “romanticizing ruthless cutthroats” has an interesting tattoo and selective outrage.
“While this celebration of piracy seems like innocent fun and pride in a local culture, there is danger in romanticizing ruthless cutthroats who created a crisis in world trade when they captured and plundered thousands of ships on Atlantic trade routes,” Jamie L.H. Goodall wrote in the Post op-ed.
Goodall, who received a PhD in history in Pirates in the Atlantic/Chesapeake/Caribbean from Ohio State University, says she can be found at the Maryland Renaissance Festival “dressed as my alter ego: Torienne, Ship’s Scholar of the crew Mare Nostrum,” according to her website.
“I drink and I know things,” she adds.
And she herself romanticizes pirates, as you would have seen on her Instagram account before it was deleted along with her Facebook page. Her Twitter page is still active, but it’s locked.
“It takes these murderous thieves who did terrible things – like locking women and children in a burning church – and makes them a symbol of freedom and adventure, erasing their wicked deeds from historical memory,” Goodall wrote for the Post. “These were men (and women) who willingly participated in murder, torture and the brutal enslavement of Africans and Indigenous peoples.”
It’s like Jamie didn’t think people would go looking into her past to see what her story is. There is no need to get into some philosophical battle with PhD nerds over this story. Let’s pretend we’re having garage beers here. Jamie clearly thinks it’s horrible that Tampa Bay uses Buccaneers as a nickname because her politics tell her it’s supposed to be bad, and when you’re woke there are no days off. You have to be fully outraged at all times, even if you have this as a shoulder tattoo.
Now Jamie will fade off into Internet history, and she’ll go back to romanticizing pirates. Her work here is done. Football teams aren’t allowed to romanticize pirates, but Jamie is.