What happened with Curt Schilling could teach republicans about what’s happening in their party right now, if they choose to look up from the chaos, and pay attention.
Here’s a middle aged white guy slash former professional athlete who, largely because of those descriptors, has been able to do and say whatever the hell he thinks and wants to his entire life. I genuinely believe him that he doesn’t understand why he’s being punished and that he doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong. He’s doing and saying the same way, and same things, he’s been doing and saying forever without consequence. I get why it’s weird, or uncomfortable or even baffling that what went essentially unnoticed two, or three, or five years ago, is suddenly a cause for not only negative publicity but losing his job. It has to be a weird experience to be a particular way for almost 50 years and then wake up one day and suddenly be unemployed because of it.
But here’s the thing: We no longer live in a world where it’s acceptable to be outright racist, and homophobic and sexist (thank goodness). Mainstream culture has tipped just enough towards progressive for us to collectively generate a value system that prioritizes inclusivity, and equality over the ability for people to say and do whatever the fuck they want without consequence (thank goodness, again).
Not only that, the doing and saying of all sorts of horrifying and offensive things is no longer insulated, or easily contained to a person’s intimate circle of college buddies or misogynist co-workers. It’s safe to assume that if you have even so much as a big toe in the ring of public life, everything you say and do will be broadcast everywhere, pretty much as soon as you say or do it.
By the way, now is not the time I intend to debate the myriad pros and cons of this fact of our modern, bizarre, life. For purposes of this unsolicited advisory, I just accept it.
The world will have moved on. And so should you.