Every so often, Richie Whitt, the sports columnist at the Dallas Observer and 105.3 The Fan radio personality, gives us another opportunity to wonder how he manages to draw two paychecks for spewing ignorant, sexist and only occasionally sports-related drivel for his dedicated legions of trolls.
Actually, I think I just answered my own question. Anyway.
Whitt drew heat earlier this year for suggesting Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis was a weenie-pant lady-man for taking parental leave because omg, how gay is it to have a wife and kids y’all?! Now, he’s reminding us that even though it is (ostensibly) his job to write about sports, the sports columnist doesn’t actually care about watching women’s sports because men “run faster, jump higher or hit the ball longer.” Unless of course the women athletes are hot, because again, hotness is the measure by which even the most talented and highest-achieving women are evaluated in a patriarchal society.
Sometimes HayLadies! contributor and Observer calendar editor Merritt Martin left the best comment on Whitt’s asinine piece:
“You know what I think of women’s sports. Why watch them when you can see men run faster, jump higher or hit the ball longer?”
— Well, for starters, because you are a sports columnist, not a men’s sports columnist. Second, because most women find it awesome when dudes don’t discredit the female gender just because women don’t sprint to the finish as fast as men. And you can take that any number of ways, good sir!
Hey-o! I’m here all week!
Literally, like, the entire week, every week. High-fives.
But whatever, Whitt, keep watching only dude sports. I, for one, am not sure proudly and willfully ignorant people deserve to experience this kind of joy, anyway: