It seems censorship is being disguised as self-defense in the ongoing war to prevent folks from saying just about anything. The latest battle entailed John McEnroe’s recent assessment of tennis-sensation Serena Williams. McEnroe regards her as “[the] best female player ever” but also added she’d come in at roughly 700 if rated in the male-player arena. Liberal misandrists had a field day with the latter comment. For clarity’s sake, see the following NPR, McEnroe interview with Lulu Garcia-Navarro:
“Garcia-Navarro: We’re talking about male players, but there is, of course, wonderful, female players. Let’s talk about Serena Williams. You say she is the best female player in the world in the book.
McEnroe: Best female player ever—no question.
Garcia-Navarro: Some wouldn’t qualify it; some would say she’s the best player in the world. Why qualify it?
McEnroe: Oh! Uh, she’s not—you mean, the best player in the world, period?
Garcia-Navarro: Yeah, the best tennis player in the world. You know, why say female player?
McEnroe: Well, because if she was in, if she played the men’s circuit, she’d be like 700 in the world.”
Of course leftists jumped on the hate train and slapped the tennis legend with the “sexist” moniker after he made an honest statement, which apparently stemmed from a women-hating disposition. Unsurprisingly, mainstream media chose to unleash the nitpick needles upon his NPR spot being released.
Even CBS This Morning was aboard the animosity mobile, as the cast ensured they didn’t leave out their curiosity for McEnroe’s would-be-evil words that spited Feminism. However, as expected from a legend, McEnroe didn’t fold.
“I’m just waiting; would you like to apologize?” Co-host Norah O’Donnell asked.
“Uh, no,” McEnroe replied wisely then elaborated on the tennis industry’s idiocy when juxtaposing male and female performances.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) June 27, 2017
[Source: Twitter/CBS This Morning]
Applause for McEnroe—he didn’t let the media put him in submission simply for providing statistics (misogyny had nothing to do with it).
Furthermore, misandrists obviously manipulated McEnroe’s words, pulled them out of context to perpetuate their collective man-hating cause. Don’t forget about his prefacing Williams to be the “best female player ever—no question.” His addendum of the 700 rating was in reply to Garcia-Navarro challenging him. Ultimately, it’s beyond ridiculous for liberals’ retaliatory assessment of McEnroe’s words to be “unnecessary.”
Additionally, when carefully looking at the entirety of McEnroe’s statements, there’s absolutely nothing demeaning about Williams’ 700 rating if she played the men’s arena. The Daily Wire actually provided context to support McEnroe’s statistic:
“Looking at Williams’ Universal Tennis Rating (UTR), which is the assigned, numerical rating to all tennis players—both men and women—ranging on a 0 to 16.39 scale, the female athlete rates at 13.36, whereas dominant, male, tennis players like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic rate at 16.26 and 16.27 respectively. The scale places Williams on-par with average, men’s college players (ranks about 97th out of the top 125 college men’s singles) and nowhere near top-world-ranked men.
Furthermore, in 1998, Williams actually played a set against a male, tennis player ranked 203 in the world—Germany’s Karsten Braasch. She got her butt handed to her in embarrassing fashion, taking a 6-1 loss as her opponent smoked cigarettes and sipped beer in between change-overs.”
There’s also the scientific fact males and females are built differently. It’s unfair to Williams when going up against a man—it’s genetics (re: Psychology Today: “Men are on average taller than women, have more muscle mass, stronger bones, tendons, and ligaments, have bigger hearts, a greater lung volume, and a higher red-blood-cell count.”)
Mainstream media’s anti-McEnroe effort is seriously disturbing—he spoke to facts (not opinions). More, with liberals having such disdain for bullying, shouldn’t they be supporting McEnroe’s refusal to cower in the face of quasi-oppressors—or is this more of their post-modern relativism? Either way, the misandrists continue to romanticize the notion of men and women having no, biological differences.
More to McEnroe’s credit (and sportsmanship), during his CBS spot, he did assess Williams to rate fifth when combining men & women—but they’d seemingly refute that as well. How exhausting…