Major League Baseball is the latest organization to be impacted by the cult of the progressive left. The time-honored practice of hazing athletes by having them wear tutus and other women’s clothing is now verboten because of fears that it might offend the loud minority of special snowflakes, who as with everything else, look for harmless new things to be offended by.
MLB players aren’t having it and have publicly vocalized their disgust and disappointment toward the organization on Twitter.
Per a new provision in the MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement, players can no longer participate in hazing rituals that have any chance to cause offense. The Associated Press reports that the new anti-hazing and anti-bullying policies ban players from “requiring, coercing or encouraging” players from “dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.”
The move was done “in light of social media, which in our view sort of unfortunately publicized a lot of the dressing up of the players… those kind of things which in our view were insensitive and potentially offensive to a number of groups,” said MLB Vice President Paul Mifsud.
While the move is certain to delight social justice warriors who don’t even watch baseball, former major league player Kevin Youkilis expressed dismay at the move.
“Seriously?! Had to wear a Hooters outfit going through customs in Toronto and wore it proudly bc I was in the Show,” wrote Youkilis on Twitter.
Fellow MLB player Vernon Wells also shared his disgust in a series of tweets.
“Getting softer and softer… SMH,” he wrote. “Most of you people do the same thing for Halloween but it’s ok for you to do it because it’s funny. Save it. It’s not about being demeaning.”
“Your self confidence or self worth is not based off of what someone else feels, does or says about you,” added Wells. “If you’re not comfortable with who you are, that’s on you. Quit blaming other people.”
“I dressed up as a Hooters employee,” he said. “I rocked it!”
Previously, players were photographed wearing dresses, gowns, and even cosplaying as Disney princesses and superheroes like Wonder Woman. The policy will also affect players who are willing to participate in the hazing ritual.
Union general counsel Dave Prouty said “Times have changed. There is certain conduct that we have to be conscious of,” echoing the shrill wail of the crybully: “It’s 2016!”
As Wells says, the ritual isn’t about mocking women or any threatened minority, nor has it ever been. If anything, it helps players feel comfortable in their own bodies regardless of what they wear.