Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Charlie Pierce is shrill

Extremely shrill. Unfortunately, I expect the USOC, USA Gymnastics, and University of Michigan to survive with a person or two here and there losing a job but not much more than that.

Olympic gymnastics is a machine to make coaches and administrators rich by exploiting the unpaid labor, and abusing the bodies and psyches, of little girls and teenagers. Larry Nassar cashing in for sexual gratification on top of that is beyond the eloquence even of the great Charlie Pierce to adequately describe. But the institutions who enabled and protected him are largely indistinguishable from the Catholic church and Penn State football. Same damn thing. Keep the gravy flowing, that's all that matters.

Just because Nassar will only come out of prison feet first doesn't mean we've begun to seek justice.


Gay Boy Bob said...

Interesting issue

On one hand, there's supposed to be something pure and clean about amateur sports vs professional sports. That's why only amateurs are allowed to compete in the Olympics. But when they do, pro-labor political activists tell us that they're all exploited labor because they are unpaid.

Then there's the issue of underage athletes. Should they all be adults?

Cervantes said...

Actually Olympic amateurism is ancient history. The athletes nowadays are paid. However 95% of the elite athletes who compete in Olympic sports never make the Olympics or other professional level competition and are not paid. So you are an ignorant idiot. Also, your argument is completely illogical regardless.

Look up the Dunning-Kruger effect. You are too stupid to know how stupid you are.

Cervantes said...

Not only do they get bonuses for winning, they are allowed to do product endorsements and their associations pay prize money for winning tournaments.

And you sir are an asshole. I am deleting your gratuitous insults. You may have heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect? You are too stupid to know how stupid you are.

Cervantes said...

I might also add that many Olympic athletes are also supported by sponsors. For example, Home Depot gives them no-show jobs. Read what I wrote again. I did not say who pays them. I did not say they are paid a salary by the USOC. I said that amateurism is a thing of the past and that they are paid. That is true. And you are an idiot who apparently reads at a sixth grade level.

You are a moron. You are not worth arguing with because you are SO FUCKING STUPID!

So I'm not going to do it any more. I might as well argue with a toilet. Actually you're dumber than a toilet.

Don Quixote said...

BRAVO, CERVANTES! I thank you.