Tuesday, February 10, 2015

CRAIG'S LIST: ESPN AND "PRONOUN GATE" - CRAIG SHELTON - 2/10/2015

Act 1: Lauren Holtkamp vs. Chris Paul


CRAIG'S LIST: ESPN AND "PRONOUN GATE"
Written by: Craig Shelton
Date posted: 2/10/2015


The NBA has had three full-time women referees in the history of the league. By all reports, Lauren Holtkamp is unfazed on being the NBA's third full-time female referee in league history.

On Thursday, February 5th, after the LA Clippers blowout loss to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers,  LA Clippers point guard, Chris Paul, became the latest pro athlete to find himself in the petty cross-hairs of the ESPN media tank.


The drama was in Act 1 and like it or not, Lauren Holtkamp, had been cast in the starring role in ESPN's latest production.

During the game in which the Clippers were hit with five technicals,  Holtkamp hit Paul with a technical foul to which Paul was vocal in his post game comments saying among other comments, "....if that's the case then, this might not be for her."

ESPN couldn't wait to jump all over Chris Paul for the use of the pronoun "her" when  referring to  Holtkamp.

So now we're managing and policing the use of pronouns America? So now a woman can't correctly say "he" when referring to a MAN, and a guy can't say "her" when referring to a WOMAN?

GET THE "EXPLETIVE" OUT OF HERE!!!!!


Don't mess with Lauren!

I'm sorry to tell you ESPN,  but "Pronoun Gate" did not deserve any time on your broadcast. It was not news. It was not a controversy. There was no conspiracy or crime against humanity. There was no "intent" ESPN, none at all.
 
Women don't get to choose how they're criticized professionally anymore than Black presidents or Black quarterbacks do. Life is what it is. Once you're in the game, Black or White, male or female, you might get dunked on. But at least you're in the game.

Craig Shelton
#HSO / #HMW


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