Sunday, September 23, 2012

Blue Jays Player's Gay Slur

Last week, Toronto Blue Jays player Yunel Escobar came out to play a game with a Spanish phrase painted in white over his eye black. The phrase, when translated, is widely interpreted as being an anti-gay slur. As a result, he was suspended for three games.

The interesting part is that there is now a debate over whether his suspension was too excessive, or not excessive enough. The Huffington Post has done a segment debating this issue here.

Apparently, while the phrase does come across as homophobic, it is also a very common phrase to be heard behind the scenes in major league sports.

Ultimately, though, as a high-profile sports player (who many kids in Canada look up to), I think you should be held to a higher standard of behaviour. I think that this suspension probably was not long enough - Brett Lawrie was suspended for four games for accidentally throwing down his helmet and it bouncing up and hitting the umpire. Are these two acts equal? I really don't think so. One was most likely an accident (who could intentionally get a helmet to bounce a certain way to hit someone?), while Escobar's was completely deliberate. Although, I won't get into Brett Lawrie here...

I should note that Escobar has apologized and is also taking part in community service that is aimed to promote "tolerance to others based on their sexual orientation."

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I can't wait until I can get to Cob's Bread to try...

Blogging Again?

I'm thinking that I should start blogging again. Just small tidbits. I was thinking of tweeting, but I'm just not up to date with all the Twitterisms unfortunately. So welcome back!

I guess a lot has happened in a year and a half! I actually think it may have been longer than that. Sorry, everyone.

So with this intro out of the way, I think I'm just going to blog about things I'm doing, things I've found that I like, that kind of stuff. I just feel like I should have more of an online presence as I get out of university and into real life.

And with that, This Blog Has a Porpoise is back!