Political Correctness is Killing Baseball

Marky Billson
4 min readMay 14, 2019

Believing the worst possible thing about everything and everyone might not be the best way to attract fans.

Nobody likes political correctness.

It doesn’t matter what side of the political coin you’re on. The right often speaks out against it, and Bill Maher, who may have started the trend for late night talk shows to lean to the left, christened his show that began the movement “Politically Incorrect.”

Political correctness becomes extremist witch hunting.

That’s the feeling surrounding the fan who flashed a gesture behind sportscaster Doug Glanville’s back while he was giving a report during a May 7 broadcast of the Chicago Cubs — Miami Marlins game.

The gesture was, depending on your point of view, either an “okay” symbol (perhaps telling Glanville he was doing a good job or that the Cubs were “okay”), trying to be modestly funny by playing the unfunny circle game, or, if you prefer to think along these lines, a symbol of white supremacy.

2016 Presidential Candidate Ben Carson

And so for a barely noticeable gesture, the Cubs have jumped to conclusions and banned the fan for life.

Its’ uncertain how one goes about banning a fan for life from Wrigley Field. Do they, from this day forward through the next 100 years, show his picture to ticket takers and say “never, ever let this guy in?”

Do the people who have stands on their homes on top of Waveland Avenue band together to hunt this person, whose face isn’t known but hand is, and ban him from their rooftops?

For those of you who aren’t aware, two years ago a message board created a hoax, repeat HOAX, stating the okay hand gesture was a symbol of “white power,” since one could make out a “W” and a “P” among one’s fingers while flashing it.

Jay Leno

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the hope was people “would overreact by condemning a common image as white supremacist.”

Mission accomplished.

The problem is this plan hasn’t caused society to use common sense and revolt against overreaction. It has…

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