I love you guys. You make me laugh every single day and I dig that about you.
But I’m not firing me for asking this question:
(No one fires themselves, btw but I can’t wait to see how many people blindly rejoice at the headline without reading the post. It’s a game. SHHHH)
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— Dean Blundell (@ItsDeanBlundell) October 15, 2020
Now, the neat part about this post is I wrote it a couple of weeks ago. It went out because our buffer fucked up and pushed it out to socials otherwise my day would have been way different but it’s been out for weeks and NADA.
- Hailey Salvian is (by all accounts) an excellent reporter for the Ottawa Senators.
- She posted a DM from a Sens fan who disagreed with a hockey take suggesting gender discrimination when there wasn’t any
- She deleted the tweets after I asked her what was discriminatory
- I published a post asking if that kind of thing is touchable in 2020
If you read the post, in no way did I insult Haily Salvian or call her names. I didn’t say she was a bad journalist and also wondered if maybe she’s just sick and fucking tired of dealing with sexist assholes.
I came back from an hour-long walk to thousands of Tweets and notifications from thousands of people who took issue with me asking
‘Where are we at with hockey reporters faking gender discrimination’. The reason I asked the question? Gender discrimination is a heater right now and rightfully so. So imagine the conversation starter when a woman alleges gender discrimination when there doesn’t seem to be any? Should I post a blog wherein no way am I talking about gender stereotypes but instead wonder if we can even question a woman of fake gender discrimination in 2020?
We addressed the whole kerfuffle in the Pod yesterday if you have a few minutes.
Dean Blundell Show – LIVE – Wed. Oct. 14 – Guest: Chris Trew https://t.co/ZmEo6pv4I9
— Dean Blundell (@ItsDeanBlundell) October 14, 2020
I run a blog and a network of 22 podcasts and the entire business plan is based on clicks just like every other content related platform so of-fucking-course I’m going to post a controversial, thought-provoking story about a specific example by way of tapping into social rage. I’d be a terrible business person NOT to.
It would be fucking awesome to work at a digital property that didn’t care about driving traffic, though. No pressure. It would be like working at TSN.
Anyway, here are a few interactions we had with Twitter’s White Knights and people who want to make the world a better place one ‘go fuck yourself’ at a time. It’s social warrior poetry.
you’re a piece of fucking garbage. end of story.
— Alyssa Turner (@aturnz11) October 14, 2020
My dude, go fuck yourself. Infinitely better use of your time than writing this, tbh!
— Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) October 14, 2020
— MRob 🖤 (@MarissaRoberto) October 14, 2020
Total pussy move, Brucie. You don’t tag me in a post about me roasting me for a story you haven’t read? You’re way dumber than Al Strachan says you are you. Plus, Bruce has never asked a thought-provoking question in his life. He just tweets that human beings are worth nothing when I know that’s not true. Bruce is just angry he and his buddy Steve don’t have any jam left in their pencils. They’re constantly glomming onto public outrage hoping to find a reason to live. It’s OK Bruce, you’re still worth something. You’re just pissed you weren’t trending because that matters to fuckstains who live on soapboxes.
Here’s the thing: I don’t care. I’ve been called worse by people I like so imagine how little I care about a bunch of hockey writers who sewer me to make time with all the lady’s who follow them so they can look woke as fuck. It’s like clockwork. If any of these cats read the story they would know I didn’t attack Hailey or minimize her career. I didn’t demean women or women in sports. I didn’t suggest all women feign gender discrimination. In fact the opposite.
Wrongfully accusing someone of discrimination is bad. Period stop. Did I throw a match into a hay-filled barn in August? Maybe, but I wanted and still want to know when we’re going to judge people on the merits of their individual actions as opposed to starting a Twitter gender war.
I don’t feel bad for white guys. We have it coming. All of it. I don’t give a fuck about the personal attacks from Twidiots telling me to kill myself. In fact, I liked watching men and women rally around a human being while encouraging another human being to commit suicide. The problem is no one really needed to.
Twitter did what Twitter does and certain fuckwads hijacked portions of the post, Tweeted their anger to a mob of pandemic laden do-gooders who don’t care much for questions.
This thread captured the spirit of what the conversation should have been before some of you right-fighting, white knights decided to paint me as a misogynist.
Dan, I feel you. I mean, you went a long way to get a quick social media bump today but, calming the fuck down and hashing something out is old school.
The world is a marketplace of ideas, not an opportunity to pad your social resume.
I bet Hailey is terrific at her job and it’s also not the point. The point is we can’t all agree but can we at least have a conversation about things based on their own merits? Or, no. Are we banned from suggesting a woman can be part of the conversation? Was all that hate-tweeting today an endorsement of framing someone for discrimination based on that person’s gender?
Women have had it up to here with men so they’re allowed to falsely accuse someone of things from time to time?
If that’s where we are, I’m cool. I was just asking a question. It wasn’t about women in hockey. It was about someone misrepresenting discrimination and can we talk about it when a woman does it. But sure, tell your 30 followers whatever story you like.
I’m just here for the clicks. A LOT of clicks. Like A LOT.
I’m not going to not talk about stuff because some fuck stick at The Athletic says so and definitely, won’t be killing myself so we can agree to disagree or you can stop being a bunch of pussies looking for social media strokes.
PS: Bill Burr was outstanding on SNL this week.
What do you think about what Bill Burr said ?
— Leon James (@MightiJamie) October 12, 2020
PPS: Bruce Arthur is scared of me and I like it.