Major League Baseball honored “Spirit Day” on Thursday with every team in the league tweeting out an acknowledgment of the day, which exists for LGBTQ+ awareness, but two teams were roasted on Twitter for apparently omitting the meaning of Spirit Day from their message.
In the end, 28 of the 30 teams posted messages that explained the symbolic meaning of the day.
The New York Yankees, for example, wrote: “The Yankees organization is proud to join @MLB in celebration of #SpiritDay . Today, and all days, we take a stand against LGBTQ+ bullying.”
The Texas Rangers and the Atlanta Braves are the two teams who are under fire for their message, which online social justice warriors deemed an inadequate acknowledgment of the day.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 21, 2021
The cancel culture mob was upset that the two teams made no specific reference to the LGBTQ+ community in their tweets, instead opting for a general message against bullying and in support of inclusion.
While actions generally speak louder than words, or tweets for that matter, the woke Twitterverse wanted the Braves and Rangers to literally spell out an outright, blatant recognition of Spirit Day, which exists to push back against LGBTQ+ bullying, specifically for youth who identify within the community.
Some viewed the teams’ exclusion as an intentional attempt to hijack the day by changing the message to one of general “anti-bullying” instead of focusing on one, particular marginalized group.
This logic mirrors the argument that saying “All Lives Matter” is dismissive of the “Black Lives Matter” message.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) October 21, 2021
Today is #SpiritDay
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 21, 2021
The Atlanta Braves included a link to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, better known as GLAAD’s Spirit Day page, so that fans could learn more about the meaning of the day on their own.
The Rangers, however, did not include a link to further resources, instead writing, “Join us in taking a stand against bullying and in support of inclusion,” accompanied by a purple graphic.
“Each year, millions go purple for Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying. Pledging to ‘go purple’ on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — global and local brands and companies, world leaders, celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with youth and to take part in the largest, most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign in the world,” GLAAD explains the significance of the color on their website.
Coincidentally, Rangers COO Neil Leibman is the chairman of MLB’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee.
Twitter did not take kindly to the omissions:
Like the Rangers, the Braves go with “All bullying matters,” taking out any reference to LGBTQ+ persons AND waiting until their game got going to post.
Disgraceful. Cowardly. https://t.co/vpIQTiUQgk
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) October 22, 2021
Worth noting: According to this story, Neil Leibman, the COO for the Texas Rangers team that did not include LGBTQ+ in its message “in support of inclusion,” is the chairman of Major League Baseball’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee. https://t.co/Xk9LytZht7
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 21, 2021
Cannot believe the two Texas-based MLB teams (Astros and Rangers) blatantly left out the LGBTQ reference on the #SpiritDay posts. All other MLB teams referenced the intention of the day accurately. This isn’t a pile on, I just feel tremendously sorry for the LGBTQ youth In Texas.
— Dan Clark (@DanClarkSports) October 21, 2021
— Richie Whitt (@richiewhitt) October 21, 2021
— Peter Souders (@PeterSouders) October 21, 2021
Saying that you “stand against bullying LGBTQ+ youth” is not a political or religious statement.
— Chris Halicke (@ChrisHalicke) October 21, 2021
If anyone’s wondering why Atlanta is losing, here’s a probably/maybe unrelated update: they finally tweeted for #SpiritDay, 5 minutes before game time. No mention of #LGBTQ youth, but it did have the glaad link. Could’ve done better (and sooner), Atlanta. https://t.co/TzA7Mpm8dF
— queer #FancyStats 🏳️🌈⚾ (@queerfancystats) October 22, 2021
This is not it. Stepping up against bullying against LGBTQ+ needs to be included in this tweet. https://t.co/Bq2swCSqgx
— Clutch Sports: Braves (@braves_clutch) October 22, 2021
Spirit Day is specifically meant to take a stand against bullying against LGBTQ+ youth. It is a day meant to celebrate our LGBTQ+ youth and celebrate inclusion. The @Braves failed to mention or acknowledge LGBTQ+ youth at all. Do better. https://t.co/0VY5HF6JFO
— (((Jesse Olitzky))) (@JMOlitzky) October 22, 2021
The Houston Astros also did not specify the LGBTQ+ community in their first message but issued a correction after facing similar backlash.
Ironically, on a day devoted to standing up against bullying, the woke Twitterverse decidedly chose to try to bully these two organizations into changing their original message because it didn’t meet their standards.
All of this backlash over a tweet that leadership within the organization and the team themselves very likely never saw or approved one way or the other.
This backlash from the LGBTQ+ community comes the same week that social justice warriors tried to cancel Dave Chappelle (again) for his latest Netflix special where he says he is ‘team TERF’– trans-exclusionary radical feminist– and defends beloved ‘Harry Potter’ author, J.K. Rowling who was “canceled” for saying that biological sexes are real.
The radical left claims to “follow the science” and preach tolerance, but for those who deviate from anything but the pre-approved, exact messaging and talking points, watch out– the woke mob is coming for you.
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