OutKick’s Clay Travis pointed out that on Thursday, ESPN will raise the trans flag at its Bristol, Connecticut, campus in recognition of Pride month, claiming that it is a “direct attack” on employees who do not support transgender athletes.
He made a video addressing the issue and sent out a tweet with a photo of a computer screen showing the details of ESPN’s LGBT-friendly flag raising. He railed against the company’s brazen support of men who claim to be women, transgenders in women’s sports, and for its utter lack of support for anchor Sam Ponder.
Ponder has been criticized by the left for her views concerning the trans community and her support of NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines who has turned activist, protesting against transgenders in women’s sports.
Columnist Nancy Armour called Ponder’s support of Gaines “plain old bigotry” in a hit piece publsihed on USA Today.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) May 31, 2023
“Don’t be fooled by the people who screech about ‘fairness’ to cloak their bigotry toward transgender girls and women, the transgender girls and women who have the audacity to want to play sports, in particular,” Armour said in the 800-word column. “This is, and always was, about hate, fear, and ignorance.”
Ponder clapped back, tweeting, “Biology is not bigotry. Loving people does not require the absence of boundaries.”
Biology is not bigotry. Loving people does not require the absence of boundaries.
— Samantha Steele Ponder (@samponder) May 31, 2023
Travis is solidly in Ponder’s camp on the issue and he is hammering ESPN over pushing the whole transgenders in women’s sports line.
“ESPN will host a trans pride flag raise on campus tomorrow as part of pride month,” Travis proclaimed in the tweet. “It comes as the company advocates for men to play in women’s sports and refuses to support @samponder, who was called a bigot for supporting women only in women’s sports.”
This flag is not the usual gay pride flag, it’s newly designed to incorporate trans rights and feels like a direct attack on any employee who doesn’t support men in women’s sports.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) May 31, 2023
Travis bluntly asserted that ESPN raising the trans variation on the Pride flag is a “direct attack” on Ponder and any employees of the company who don’t agree with transgenders in athletics. He basically called it a stepping stone to authoritarianism and totalitarianism.
“This flag is not the usual gay pride flag,” he explained, “it’s newly designed to incorporate trans rights and feels like a direct attack on any employee who doesn’t support men in women’s sports.”
Bobby Burack over at Outkick also had a lot to say on the issue: “Ultimately, ESPN opted to use its cultural influence to support gender appropriation. ESPN is no different than Bud Light and Target, two companies that have lost over $5 billion in market value amid consumer backlash over its promulgation of gender ideology. Sports fans will have to make a similar decision regarding ESPN, a brand that mostly certainly prioritizes political messaging over consumer interests.”
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