Political correctness isn’t just running amok. It’s greased up, body-shaven and sprinting-with-the-wind-in-its-best-track-shoes amok.
Sportscast giant ESPN this week removed an announcer from an upcoming University of Virginia football game because – get this – his name happens to be Robert Lee. You know, like that Confederate-guy-in-the-statue Robert Lee.
Is that just not insane? Must it not have even George Orwell doing a face-plant up there?
ESPN has purged itself of conservatives and conservative viewers for years now. But kicking Robert Lee off a broadcast because of the name’s resemblance to someone who lived 150 years ago is beyond head-shaking. The liberal PC hall monitors at ESPN, who apparently feel they must regulate all of American society, have driven the increasingly liberal family of sports and entertainment networks completely off the rails.
In the process, reports indicate they’ve lost viewers in droves. A study earlier this year showed big drops in Republican viewership across ESPN’s channels, as its political bent makes it like trying to watch water polo on far-left MSNBC.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the network laid off 100 employees earlier this year to stem the bleeding.
Its latest loony decision to remove Robert Lee from his announcing chair – and move him to the less conspicuous Youngstown State vs. Pittsburgh game – is as kooky as anything the left has done. And that’s saying something.
Absurdly, ESPN tried to blame others for the understandable backlash to its nutty move, writing that “It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation, and we regret that who calls play-by-play for a football game has become an issue.”
Of course, that presupposes that it wasn’t ESPN itself that made it an issue in the first place. The kicker? Announcer Robert Lee isn’t even that dreaded white supremacist that the name apparently evokes at ESPN: he’s Asian-American.
To quote actor Bill Murray in the movie Tootsie, we’re getting into a weird area here.
And that’s an understatement.