Curt Schilling's Anti-Transgender Meme Is Problematic For This Reason
ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling isn't exactly known for being a shrinking violet when it comes to voicing his opinions, good, bad, or ridiculous. I say we go ahead and file his latest inflammatory blunder under the bad, and definitely the ridiculous. Schilling reposted a wildly anti-transgender meme on Facebook this week, and already, it's caused quite a stir on social media sites.
Schilling reposted an image of a man wearing a revealing, body-hugging outfit, and some heels with the caption, "Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or you're a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving bigot who needs to die!!"
So what made him speak out again? On Monday, the retired Boston Red Sox pitcher decided to kinda-sorta weigh in on North Carolina's infamous "bathroom bill", a law passed by North Carolina governor Pat McCrory which initially made it illegal for transgender people to use the facilities for the gender with which they identify. And despite the fact that the bill has not exactly turned out swimmingly for Governor McCrory, with his reelection numbers dropping dramatically all the time, Schilling was all, "Meh, let's give this a whirl and see what happens." Presumably he felt that we were all waiting with bated breath for his exalted opinion, but this is only conjecture.
Curt Schilling put this "meme" up on Facebook. Not sure why he felt the need to drag John Kruk into it. pic.twitter.com/4Almb02i6j— DJ Gallo (@DJGalloEtc) April 19, 2016
While Schilling wasn't the original poster of the meme, sharing the image (as anyone alive in the 21st century knows) is the online version of nodding vigorously in agreement. And just in case his audience wasn't sure about how Schilling viewed the meme, he had this to say in the comments section below, according to The Washington Post, which managed to capture a screengrab of the statement:
The major concern with this sort of anti-transgender bias, particularly when shared by a celebrity, is the permissive nature behind it. The sense of entitlement that Schilling could encourage and incite with this sort of fear-based meme.
Curt schilling is getting booed for posting an anti transgender meme? Are you kidding me? He should be applauded for it.— Derek Fry (@DaddyFry_Derek) April 19, 2016
Luckily, these sort of responses appear to be few and far between. Whatever outcome Schilling might have been hoping for by sharing the blatantly anti-transgender meme, it's clear even he has been caught off guard by the vehement response.
I want to make sure my child never has to use the same bathroom as a Curt Schilling.— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) April 19, 2016
It's like Curt Schilling saw that new book claiming Ty Cobb wasn't a racist and decided he'd take up the mantle of baseball bigotry.— Curtis Harris (@curtismharris) April 19, 2016
Say what you want about Curt Schilling but don't say he isn't fully committed to the offensive Facebook guy thing. That's his brand.— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) April 19, 2016
Schilling posted a response to detractors in a blog post on Tuesday. I will let this particular bit of narcissistic "man-splaining" speak for itself.
I don't think we talk enough about Curt Schilling being such a Curtis. Like look at this guy, total Curtis. pic.twitter.com/fFLaIxhUqL— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) April 19, 2016
Schilling uses two of my favorite means of explaining away bigotry: "I just shared the meme, it's not mine! You can't blame me!", and the ever-popular, "Ask all my Muslim friends, they will tell you I love Muslims!"
To be fair here, everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps Curt Schilling will eventually see the error of his ways and apologize. After all, he moved on from sporting his sort-of-epic mullet, didn't he?