38Pitches — Is it Twitter’s fault? Hell no. For those of you saying “Just block it” or “get off twitter,” stop reading now. …
The boys that have gotten bad fallout from this. Do I feel bad? No. Do I sympathize? No. Whatever is their result is 100% on them. No one asked them to do it, no one forced them to do it, they made sexually aggressive and sexually explicit comments at and to my 17 year old daughter and even when given a chance (which I did in every instance) to back off and move on, they did not.
For all you tough guys out there who piss and moan with the “just turn it off” or “just block.” Why on earth would I allow someone with zero honor, zero integrity and zero morals to dictate even 1 minute of my life? …
The world we live in, while it has changed, the rules honestly haven’t in many cases. Twitter? It’s here to stay, it’s here and is part of a social network this generation has grown up with, and will live with. You can “turn it off” you can “block everyone” or say “I don’t let my kids do it.” That will not make it go away. It’s part of their lives, and by relation, yours. …
You don’t need money, you don’t need celebrity to out these toolboxes. Just a desire to take a bully in front of the public. Nothing a phony tough guy is more scared of than being outed I bet. Let’s find out.
Once again I have to applaud Curt Schilling here. And admit I’m astonished at the backlash against him for the crime of not taking the cyber-bombardment of virtual rocks and garbage being hurled at his daughter with a smile on his face like a weirdly large percentage of the population is saying he should.
And I’m not just talking about the creepshows he outed. I have friends who are ripping him to me. Hosts of other talk shows I used to be on. The fellas at my alma mater, Barstool Sports. We had a few callers and dozens of texters on Dale & Holley Tuesday arguing Schilling brought this on himself. Or who at the very least are arguing he had no right to take on this fight because he should have known he was “exposing” his daughter to these Cro-Magnons when he wished her the best on the Internet.
Fine. I’ll acknowledge that. He should have known and probably did. But because he should have expected it doesn’t mean he has to accept it.
And to Schilling’s point, why is it incumbent upon him to stay off Twitter? Because it’s a bad neighborhood so therefore he should stay away from it and keep his daughter out of it as some have suggested? What if he can clean up the neighborhood? What if he’s got the legally registered, carry-permitted .44 Magnum of 117,000 Twitter followers and the guys trying to mug people in the alleys are basically unarmed? Explain to me why he’s not justified in doing what he can to stick his metaphorical hand cannon in their faces and bring them to justice. Tell me where he’s wrong to carry out a public vendetta against the trolls instead of just deleting all his social media apps? The best part about free speech is it’s a two-way street. Even in the nastiest part of town.
Is the argument that he’s wrong because he’s a public figure and a polarizing personality and therefore it comes with the territory? Where do you draw that line? Is Barack Obama “exposing” his daughters to Internet lowlifes every time they make a public appearance, and if some deranged racist/misogynist pedophile threatens them, well … that’s just the way it is, get off Twitter then, Mr. President?
And how far are we willing to take the victim blaming? Let’s pretend we live in world of land lines, and it’s still pre-caller ID (work with me here) and a woman gets a pervert call. Do you say she shouldn’t blow a rape whistle into the phone and report it to her carrier because she knew the risk she was taking and if she doesn’t like it she should get rid of the phone?
Because the Luddites who are saying Twitter is useless and unnecessary and “just people telling you what they had for lunch” are missing the fact that it is transforming the world. Like it or not, social media is how the human race communicates, whether it’s your middle schooler, ISIS or retired ballplayers. And we can either tolerate the roaches who crawl around on the floor or we can start stomping them.
As the priest says in “Boondock Saints,” “We must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.” Curt Schilling has made his choice, and it’s the right one. Good for him.