Thursday, February 26, 2015

Grantland Shining Its SJW Credentials

Grantland is Sports for SWPLs, but recently they've moved leftward as Sports for SJWs. Yes, they are social justice warriors and care about sports. Not really. For a site supposedly dedicated to bringing back long form journalism, the pieces are still flighty and protect The Narrative. A recent laughter was the interview they did with trans* athlete Fallon Fox. This is not sports reporting. This is SJW propaganda and activism. The cause is trans, and the activism is acceptance and promotion. 

Fox was a man, had a sex change and now is a woman. As a woman, he wants to compete in MMA fights against women. Now in regular human world, he'd be laughed at and then politely declined. In our weird world, Fox has had a few fights, but UFC has not called her. The interview starts with pushing the "why won't UFC sign you" line, which leads to discussion of how they might not be accepting and it is BS man. Ther eis bizarro talk of the "transition" and how Fox really is a woman, not just a guy who hacked off his junk. Fox tries to deny that there is any advantage to being a trans woman who would compete against ciswomen (this is ridiculous), but then goes on to talk about how fast she is. Remember, no advantage folks. 

There is a lot of talk about the sexism and the promotional side of the business possibly discriminating against her and other butch fights. The great unspoken: this is prison culture. This type of fighting is prison fighting. Why are they promoting this for women in any way, shape or form? I liked the old UFC, and even today, it is cool because you can train for months, but one kick or punch and it's over. A huge help UFC received was the corruption of boxing. While the great American heavyweight died with Tyson's career, boxing also became so corrupt that people hated it. The middle and light weight matches were fun, but without the pull of a great heavyweight division or charismatic champ, boxing lost an edge. UFC and the MMA culture filled that void. 

Something that is a bit quirky for this situation is Grantland itself and the journalist. Grantland did a long form essay on a trans* golf putter designer and received a huge media shit storm for "outing" that person who eventually committed suicide. Grantland ended up scourging itself publicly with apologies from multiple people. How much of this interview is a make up to that LGBT community? The journalist mentions being a friend of Fallon Fox, so we do know the objectivity here. There is none. If people worry about reporters becoming cozy with subjects for access journalism, what do we make of the journalist already being friends with the subject? Pitiful.

It is still a piece of prison culture from the ring presentation to the style. These men (and women) are master technicians and in great shape. It's still a sick sign of what we have exported out of our prisons. Now why would anyone pay to see two women do that? On top of this, how fast do we have to devolve where the largest sports media organ in the US is pushing for a trans* fighter to be allowed to fight? Broken down to its core, the SJWs at Grantland want to see a man who mutilated his body and took hormones to feel like a woman to be allowed to pummel women. That is not sports journalism. That is writing for the social cause du jour. I'll pass because if I wanted to read about trans* people being super cool and "just like us", I would watch Hollywood garbage.


Camlost said...

I like a lot what Bill Simmons says about sports (especially the NBA). His article on the "Malice at the Palace" was a classic. However, he's a kool aid drinker and Grantland is way over the top with the liberalism so I've stopped reading Grantland almost entirely as of late.

Yeah, they can cry all they want but Dana White is not going to bend on this. He's been very clear. He'll never let a tranny man fight against women in his UFC, regardless of what body parts they've allegedly had treated, chopped, shaved or hormoned away.

And Dana White is smart enough to be firm on this without making any excessively inflammatory or slur-filled comments. Joe Rogan has been going off on Fallon Fox for quite a while, too.

If tranny fighters are so great and have so much to offer the world then they should start their own fighting league, right? Surely there's 200k to 300K Brazilians who'd love to chop it off and fight as women, considering their "fluid" weirdness on gender and sexuality.

nikcrit said...

Grantland is Sports for SWPLs

I didn't know aobut the site and first heard about it here; you ran something on David Lynch and I recalled reading a great long-form-list-type piece catering to "Twin Peaks" and other David Lynch in general, and upon Googling key terms to re-find that article, only then i realized it ran in Grantland. (I'm assuming it wasn't a reprint/repost).

It'd be nice to see some more long-form journalism platforms, preferably hard-copy as well as in the ether; I still read the New Yorker and feel a extra charge and dimension when holding the hard-copy version and taking in its classic font. Old school indeed, us three-dimensional readers.

Anonymous said...

I don't see Bill Simmons as a true kool aid drinker, more of a progressive for the shekels guy. he talks like one of the guys, and if the guy wants his articles on the front page of espn, he's gotta go prog.

He's never been close to realtalk of course, his whole life revolves around noticing things about sports without noticing terrible things about race (both on and off the field), a near impossible task that hes managed. but I get the feeling he privately must have thought that tranny golf debacle was ridiculous but 7 figures was enough to make him swallow his normal guy-at-the-bar sensibilities and kneel before the altar of progressivism.

the rest of the writers are true boner-for-obamas, but I cant shake the feeling that Simmons is just too normal of a dude to not be put off by the more extreme recesses of leftism. I'm sure he votes democrat, but he seems like more of the old school unions-and-schools democrat type than a "gay sex for all!" democrat.

Camlost said...

@ Anonymous

Yeah, I agree with your pretty astute observations on Bill Simmons. He's managed to carve out a big niche for himself while walking some very fine lines (and toeing some political lines, as well).

I suspect that he'll write a big tell-all book fleshing out the full body of his real thoughts on many things when he either retires or gets himself fired from ESPN or from those NBA countdown and draft coverages events that he telecasts.

The Dude said...

OK, so what about me? I pork women, dress like a dude, have male equipment, short hair and muscles. But (this is the important part) deep down inside I am just a frilly little girl.

To you I am a cis-gendered white male, but I have decided I am really a pre-conversion bull dyke lesbian transsexual.

The only thing I have a problem with is that "conversion/transition" thing.

I mean, really. Why should I be obligated to bob my tallywhacker to be a real, official, Government-approved transsexual?

Isn't it enough that I know I am a little girl deep down inside?

Why should I crop my Johnson when I will just have to go out and get a strap-on like the other bull dykes do?

Why can't I be a girl and keep my original equipment?

Son of Brock Landers said...

The Dude - BRAVO!!!

peterike said...

Remember when back in the 80s, Mike Meyer's playing his weirdo German character Dieter would be totally creepy with his "Now I'm as happy as a little girl" schtick? How sick! Now that would be massively offensive to... you know, the usual. Imagine the twitter storm.

As for Grantland... yeah, sports. Whatever.

@ Nikcrit: "I still read the New Yorker and feel a extra charge and dimension when holding the hard-copy version and taking in its classic font. Old school indeed, us three-dimensional readers."

Indeed! I read it as well, though selectively (forget the political crap in Talk of the Town). The long-form reporting is often fantastic, and actually will sometimes push PC boundaries in ways other magazines can't. Some is insufferable, admittedly, but by and large the magazine is well worth it. And totally have to read it on paper. I can get it on my Kindle but.... blah.

Dan said...

Maybe this transgender sports trend is not for men to be upset about.

If men like Fallon Fox can own a women's space like that, isn't that a humiliation for women?

On the flip side, the number of biological women who threaten mens' sports is zero.

The comical thing is, feminists are themselves too SJW-y to attack this at its root, which is to mock the whole charade as a lie.