ESPN looks like it might be taking their first steps towards growing a backbone after issuing a statement distancing itself from the tweets of Jemele Hill, the SportsCenter host who accused President Donald Trump of white supremacism and called him ” the most ignorant, offensive president” of her lifetime.
“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate,” the network announced in a tweet of its own, although they did not specify if any disciplinary actions might be taken.
This middle of the road response, with ESPN stopping short of outright firing Hill but still disavowing her actions, has lead to the network taking flak from both sides as a veritable firestorm erupted on Twitter minutes of the statement was posted. Curt Schilling, the former MLB pitcher and ESPN analyst who was himself fired by the media giant for posting a number of conservative memes, tweeted “she didn’t get fired [because] disney and ESPN are fine w/liberal racism vs conservative logic. Only naysayers to that are liars,” while Hill defenders such as Colin Kaepernick sent out messages of support, tweeting “we are with you @jemelehill” shortly after ESPN made its stance known.
The White House, for it’s part, wasn’t silent on the matter, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made clear what she thinks should happen to Ms. Hll, telling members of the media “I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.”
While many would have liked to see Hill lose her job, the decision to distance themselves from such an inflammatory statement shows that, at least on some level, the culture war is finally starting to swing in the right direction. It is no longer acceptable to outright bash our President and his supporters, and while not as severe a punishment as some might have hoped, it is certainly a harbinger of good things to come, and will hopefully set a trend for other networks too to reign in their more radical members and ensure that all Americans can simply enjoy their television shows, free of any unnecessary political interference.
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