Vulgar Opinions: Good FSM, Sports Fans Are Embarrassing
“Haha, look at you racists!” we shouted at Boston as the dregs of their fans tweeted racial slurs in regards to Joel Ward after he scored the overtime goal that sent them golfing in last year’s playoffs. Little did (or do) we want to accept is that every fanbase has those types. I bet you can find them any given night Wayne Simmonds or Joel Ward or any other minority-anything player does…really anything of note. If it’s good, he gets it from the other fans, if it’s bad, he gets it from his own.
Hell, you don’t even need a minority, just look at the homophobic garbage that is being lobbed at Ryan Lambert for criticizing Sabres enforcer John Scott. It’s a shame, because for everyone involved in professional sports who reassures people, ‘It’s not like that,’ there are a hundred fans trying to make things very much ‘like that.’ Seriously, you can probably Twitter search every team and city with just about any (common) slur you want and come up with a bevy of results, most of them with atrocious spelling and grammar.
The sheer amount aside, I like the response by people on Twitter, that is to shine the spotlight on these people and expose them for who they are. If there is any better way to reassure Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Europeans, Gays, Lesbians, whomever, it is to say, ‘hey these people are an outlier, and most of us think that they’re jerks.’ That sort of thing only starts to go away when people, with no stake in the outcome, decide that they don’t want to put up with it. Good for them.