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The shaming and ouster of former Oakland Raiders coach Jon David Gruden over the crude “locker room talk” he’s been found to have used in emails dating back to 2011 has Newsmax host Greg Kelly and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk crying foul.
During a segment Tuesday, Kelly acknowledged that Gruden’s 2011 emails, which were leaked to and published by the press Monday, contained slurs such as “f-ggot,” “p-ssy” and “queers,” but defended the use of the slurs on several grounds.
One, he noted that if Gruden “goes down … a lot of other people are vulnerable” because the use of such slurs is more commonplace than some would like to admit.
Second, he argued that the coach made his remarks while working as an analyst at ESPN, years before he picked up his latest job with the Raiders.
Third, he noted that the NFL is littered with “felons” who’ve “killed people, beaten wives, driven drunk, run over people and abused dogs … yet they still get to play.”
Earlier this month, these same Buccaneers signed Richard Sherman, who is currently facing criminal charges for domestic violence. https://t.co/rRuv6MAcYm
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) October 12, 2021
And lastly, he argued that the slurs Gruden is being relentlessly slammed over right now were commonplace in the recent past.
Watch part one of his lengthy commentary below:
The point that’s attracted the most attention — and led to headlines at Mediaite mocking Kelly — is the host’s remarks on past culture.
“Back then, the culture was different. … During his formative years, that f-word that rhymes with maggot was in wide use and circulation,” he noted during the segment.
As just one example, he pointed to its usage in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” an uber-popular 1982 coming-of-age comedy.
Watch (*Language warning):
Despite the film’s use of the slur, The New York Times, one of many outlets currently bashing Gruden, praised the film back when it was in theaters.
“CAN there be anything about life in high school, particularly life in a suburban California high school, that the movie-going public hasn’t already seen? Well, maybe there can. A little bit of it turns up in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ a jumbled but appealing teen-age comedy with something of a fresh perspective on the subject,” the Times wrote in a 1982 review.
Yet decades later, it was the Times that “exposed” Gruden.
“He denounced the emergence of women as referees, the drafting of a gay player and the tolerance of players protesting during the playing of the national anthem, according to emails reviewed by The New York Times,” the paper reported Monday.
“In the emails, Gruden called the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, a ‘f-ggot’ and a ‘clueless anti football p-ssy’ and said that Goodell should not have pressured Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Rams, to draft ‘queers,’ a reference to Michael Sam, a gay player chosen by the team in 2014,” the paper added.
What changed, Kelly wondered.
The Newsmax host went on to cite numerous additional examples of these sorts of slurs being used in the past, and even the present, without any issue.
Kelly pointed to its use in the 2011 film “Horrible Bosses” starring “America’s sweetheart” Jennifer Aniston, in legendary comedian Eddie Murphy’s extremely crude stand-up acts, and in the contemporary Netflix show “Queer Eye.”
The abundant sanctioned use of these slurs led Kelly to wonder why Gruden is being held to a different standard. He theorized that perhaps it’s because Gruden’s a white male, and in 2021 America, white males are public enemy number one.
“He’s white. He’s male. Those are two big strikes against you,” he said.
Watch the rest of his commentary below:
Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, echoed the same point about white males during the Tuesday episode of his podcast, “The Charlie Kirk Show,” though he argued that Gruden is being targeted specifically because he’s a conservative white male.
“Every single person listening to this right now has said things and texted things and emailed things that could destroy your career, including the cancelers. But let’s get to the bottom line here. Why is Jon Gruden not offered forgiveness?” he said.
“The real reason why they had to get rid of Jon Gruden is because he’s a white, Catholic, conservative male who speaks out, and they know that that cannot be supported and offered forgiveness. That’s the real reason this happened,” Kirk continued.
He added that the newfound war against Gruden is essentially a “revenge campaign against a certain group of people to try and purge society [of] the nonbelievers,” and pointed out that there’s a reason white males like Jimmy Kimmel and Ralph Northam have been forgiven for their arguably far more egregious offenses.
Kimmel repeatedly used blackface in his comedy acts in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and Northam reportedly wore blackface in high school.
Listen from the 39:25 mark below:
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