I’m a publicist in real life, which generally leads me to desire a talking ban on everyone until their comments have been approved. But that’s my dream world.
Last night, Duncan Keith made a probably sexist, definitely stupid remark to a female reporter after the Blackhawks loss to Vancouver. From Puck Daddy:
- Keith: “What did you see?”
- Thomson: “Well, there it looked like there was a penalty that went undetected. You seemed a bit frustrated.”
- Keith: “Oh, no. I don’t think there was. I think he scored a nice goal, and that’s what the ref saw. Maybe we should get you as a ref maybe, hey?
- Thomson: “Yeah, maybe. Can’t skate though.”
- Keith: “First female referee. Can’t probably play either, right? But you’re thinking the game, like you know it? Seeya.”
This woman has likely heard worse on her way from the car to the rink, and she even Tweeted jokingly about it renewing the rivalry. While I don’t think Duncan Keith hates women or any such nonsense, the part about her gender is so intensely stupid, so conversationally desperate that it makes me see red.
Also, in general it’s a good rule not to be a dick. Sure, he’s frustrated. The Hawks have only lost 6 games all year and he clearly has no idea how to handle the rampant devastation that results in crying himself to sleep on a giant fucking pile of money. Since a single game loss is so eviscerating to DK, so obviously a sign that he cannot perform his job, then no wonder he thinks this woman can’t do any job at all. Ridiculous, right? Let’s be equal-opportunity jerks, at least.
Sarcasm – it’s for everyone!
Continuing this trend, Tyler Seguin used the phrase “no homo” in a Tweet yesterday. Then he deleted it. Hahaha – as if that ever worked. From SBNation:
He has since apologized for the reference. It’s offensive, of course, but one of those phrases so widely used that I doubt he thought anything at the time. He should have. He wasn’t delivered by stork to the Bruins locker room yesterday, so he should know better than to put something in the kind of writing that you can never erase. Just because he used a discriminatory term in a casual way doesn’t take away it’s meaning – even if that’s not what he meant.
Tyler Tweeted two apologies… I’m going out on a limb to say he only wrote one of them. Left the period off the latest when cutting and pasting, for authenticity.
Then there is Matt Cooke. Increasingly demoted from true asshole status over the last few seasons, if this story from Puck Daddy is at all true, then he’s on the list today too. The source is so suspect that I believe Matt gets a pass.