Former Major League Baseball star Lance Berkman is under fire for having common sense.
The 2011 World Series hero for the St. Louis Cardinals spoke out against Proposition 1- Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, saying it will allow men and boys who identify as females to have access to women’s and girl’s bathroom and locker room facilities. Or as one social media user put it, “how did this become a question?”
The ordinance is on the city’s Nov. 3 election ballot and is meant to protect access to public accommodations regardless of a person’s race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or gender identity.
Berkman, who spent the majority of his career with the Houston Astros, took on the measure in a radio ad released Thursday by the Campaign for Houston, according to KPRC-TV.
“Vote no on Proposition 1. No men in women’s bathrooms. No boys in girls’ showers or locker rooms. I’m Lance Berkman. I played professional baseball for 15 years, but my family is more important. My wife and I have four daughters. Proposition 1 — the bathroom ordinance — would allow troubled men to enter women’s public bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. This would violate their privacy and put them in harm’s way. That’s just wrong. We must prevent this potential danger by closing women’s restrooms to men rather than waiting for a crime to happen. Under Proposition 1, if restaurants, businesses and sports facilities don’t allow a man into a women’s restroom, they would be subject to penalties and fines. This proposed ordinance says that it will stop discrimination. But in reality it discriminates against people who believe, like me, that members of the opposite sex should not be forced to share restrooms or locker rooms. Join me to stop the violation of women’s privacy and discrimination against women. Vote no on Proposition 1. No men in women’s bathrooms. No boys in girls’ showers or locker rooms.”
The “troubled men” part of his ad got the ire of many but Berkman defended it to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explaining he didn’t mean the comment towards men who identify as women.
“That terminology didn’t apply to transgender,” he said “I reserve the right to have my opinion. But I don’t think there is anybody in America that wouldn’t think a child molester is troubled. That language refers to that scenario or a voyeur – somebody who goes into a women’s bathroom and just likes to look at people. That to me is troubled. … To me, you’re introducing tremendous risk for a very little reward. It’s not like we’re preventing somebody from voting or depriving of a basic right that we in America consider your basic freedoms. We’re talking about just, hey, if you’re a guy go to the bathroom in the guy’s bathroom and if you’re a girl go to the girl’s bathroom.”
It seems pretty simple but liberals often have trouble with common sense.
“I don’t say this to demean any segment of the population no matter how small,” he said. “You can pick at nits and say this is discriminating or that’s discrimination, but you drive yourself crazy and certainly I wouldn’t want to be painted or perceived as a guy that is discriminating against any member of our population.”
Social media crusaders didn’t care about his explanation. They just went on the attack.
Shame on you, Lance. How to undo a spotless reputation with a burst of bigotry and stupidity RT @outsports F… http://t.co/hIgnNFithx
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 25, 2015
Terrible. Astros should have nothing to do with him. http://t.co/MKATDQvRFC — keithlaw (@keithlaw) September 25, 2015
Lance Berkman needs to take a moment and reflect on some basic human traits like “empathy” and “critical thinking.” http://t.co/NJW97TJQs1
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) September 25, 2015
Lance Berkman offers up tired, anti-trans scaremongering in Houston political ad. https://t.co/8RyhL0erZc — Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) September 25, 2015
Many others, however, stood with Berkman and for common sense.
Lance Berkman thinks cross-dressing men shouldn’t be allowed in the ladies’ room. And it’s a controversy. That’s where we are today.
— John Rabe (@johnrabe) September 25, 2015
Tolerant liberals mad at Lance Berkman for not wanting dudes in women’s bathrooms, a view most people hold. lol. — C (@Cdubbleyouf) September 25, 2015
Lance Berkman stands up for sanity in Houston. No boys in the girls bathroom. (How did this become a question?) https://t.co/50Yk0T3O24
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) September 26, 2015
This just in–Lance Berkman has an opinion. It may differ with yours. Get over it. What I want to know is can he hit tonight? #STLCards — Dan Buffa (@buffa82) September 25, 2015
@ChrisWarcraft Hello ! Chris ! Lance Berkman is 100% right. Now go back to your fantasy world and stay there.
— Susan Reid (@re89415195) September 27, 2015
Kudos to Lance Berkman for speaking up for what is RIGHT rather than what FEELS good. #truth — K and A (@gryffinclaw13) September 27, 2015
Thank you Lance Berkman for having the #courage to stand for what’s right even when it’s not popular. http://t.co/3mlNVNwH21
— Crystal Brothers (@ServingJoyfully) September 27, 2015
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