Jokes on You

In July a Boston radio host called Erin Andrews a “bitch” and went on a rant about how much he hated her.

Back in the day (like last season) when the Dallas Cowboys were not doing so well many on twitter often called them “cowgirls” which was cutting them down because they weren’t playing well.

The head of the Russian tennis federation not too long ago was suspended one year and fined $25,000 for comments made about Serena and Venus Williams; calling them “brothers” and saying they were “scary looking.”

Now we have Ted Bishop, who was the President of the PGA of America before he too got foot in mouth disease. He called golfer Ian Poulter a “lil girl” on twitter and on Facebook he wrote –

“Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C’MON MAN!”

Bishop was commenting on comments Poulter made about the Ryder Cup captains.

Bishop was not only fired from his role as President but will not be invited to future PGA invitations or Ryder Cups. It was reported that the PGA asked Bishop to resign and he refused.  He wanted to just apologize for what he said and the board ended up impeaching him.

Now to some this is just being funny – what’s the harm right? Well the harm is calling women bitches, making rude and crude comments about how a woman looks and using the word “girl” as a cut down is sexist, irresponsible and sad.

Look I love a good joke and I can tease with the best of them – but there comes a time when some things are just off limits and NOT funny. This is one of those times.  The sexist comments have to stop and I’m sure if a female sports host whether it was radio or TV made comments about a male athlete calling him a – ‘dumb jock, soft or telling him to man up’ – would get slaughtered on social media.

But when comments are made to a guy from another guy to stop acting like a “lil girl” or calling the Dallas Cowboys “Cowgirls” when they mess up it’s supposed to be funny and some of us who don’t like it get “stop being so sensitive.”

It’s not a matter of being sensitive – it’s a matter of wanting to be treated equally and taking notice that the jokes on all of you who think it’s “no big deal.”

Because of athletes like Serena and Venus girls and women can hold their heads up high. They are strong, tough and confident women who are also athletes who have dominated tennis and not just women’s tennis for years.

Because of Mo’ne Davis who is the first to win and pitch a shout out in Little league World Series history – girls everywhere now know it’s super cool to  “throw like a girl.”

There are PLENTY of female athletes who have not only made a difference in the past but those now who kick butt and make all of us proud.

Young girls who play sports learn things like –

  • How to be part of a team
  • Builds confidence
  • How to respect a leader (their coach)
  • How to be gracious about losing

We all bear the responsibility of empowering young girls and women. People have to learn that you just can’t make insulting sexist comments and not face the consequences.

A piece of advice – just hit “delete” next time.