Last night, the Cincinnati Reds long time broadcaster committed career suicide on the air.
Thom Brennaman was caught coming out of a break saying “one of the f– capitals of the world” during the first game of the doubleheader.
He was yanked off the air and the Red’s sent out a press release:“The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman.” “He was pulled off the air, and effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts. We will be addressing our broadcasting team in the coming days.”
Brennaman apologized while on the air and and openly said that he suspected his career was over.
As soon as he uttered that “horrific, homophobic remark” Twitter blew up.
Thousands of tweets poured forth demanding that Brennaman be immediately fired and saying that this was proof that the man was so evil that he did not deserve to be gainfully employed.
Brennaman was careless, unprofessional, and rude.
That deserves some sort of professional discipline.
It doesn’t deserve being “cancelled”.
I have long wondered why that since the advent of social media when one sins against the current cultural norms in any way, shape, or form it’s acceptable to demand that they lose their jobs and income forever.
People are judged by an incident, a word, without regard to the whole of their lives.
The Constitution used to protect the right to be wrong, even to be a peaceful jackass.
Now you will lose it all for one cultural faux pas…even if you committed this sin against genteel sensibilities decades ago.
You will be immediately “cancelled” if you simply affirm out loud two thousand years of Christian moral theology or the views espoused by the Koran on homosexuality.
Tolerance only flows one way on these matters.
America used to be the land of second chances…we delighted as much in the redemption of someone who failed as much as we did in shaming them in the first place.
Those days are long gone, because the days of having the remnants of a religious tradition that delights in redemption are almost gone.
There are still many who hold to those traditional values who have learned to keep their mouths shut or face the consequences.
They silently seeth…and we wonder why so many are so angry.
True “progress” relies on persuasion , not coercion.
Coercion works…until the coerced find their own weapons.
Then they make progress of their own.
Make your own application…