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@Alakawak @WryEraseBoard you're totally right. Even I'm annoyed by me at this point. I feel kind of silly about how much I've overreacted to this whole thing. I get a little overzealous in my pursuit of perceived slights against minority groups, to the point where those groups probably wish I would just shut up. As for the blog, it is totally lame but it's a hobby and it's mine. I figured it was a better use of my time than anonymously posting insults on message boards and other blogs.
1 year, 6 months ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter
Here's my last and final common sense argument in this whole thing. If someone walked up to you and said that you were "phegley", would you think they were saying you were "fugly" or calling you gay? Honestly with this dude.
I said the same thing twice at the end of that post so let me clarify my point. I tweeted him with my complaint. @acarddaysnight. He responded. Deleted his response and then blocked me. I tweeted sportscenter. Didn't name him. They knew who I meant. He responded to my tweet with his own tweet addressed in theory and appearance to me personally, although I never received a notification or message that I had been tweeted because he had blocked my twitter account. It doesn't show up in my twitter feed. I wouldn't have known about it if I hadn't checked to see what he was up to before Logging into my own account. I am blocked and therefore can't respond to his tweet to me, which he knew I wouldn't be able to do, by virtue of his block of me. So basically he and sportscenter are complicit in trying to deflect my criticism but at the same time act as if they have addressed it. In other words, he posted a fake tweet to a blocked account for the sole reason of defusing a possibly embarrassing situation, with some help from the sportscenter twitter crew. Why would anybody do that unless there was some merit to the original complaint? The fact that he revised his original response to my intiial tweet, which have both been deleted from his feed, and reposted it the next day is kind of fishy, no?
And so the strange coverup over this fugly/phegly nonsense continues. If you go to Dario Melendez's twitter feed you'll see that he responds to a tweet I sent @sportscenter that doesn't mention him by name and addresses it to my twitter account with the same argument. That Phegley rhymes with Ugly - (which it does only in the loosest sense that every adverb in the englinsh language rhymes with ugly). In the truest example of missing the point, he emphasizes that Phegley's name is pronounced "faig". Here's the kicker. Asshole posts this supposedly open tweet to my account, but I can't respond to his obvious bullshit because my account is blocked from even opening up the conversation thread. I know this seems like I'm beating a dead horse but think about what the illusion they are trying to pull over your eyes. That he's responding to me directly when I can't respond back to him to create the appearance that there's an open dialogue when in fact I've been blocked from defending my point of view.
@mdpetry With all due respect, I didn't infer anything. I heard something. You're the one who had to jump through hoops to determine intent. I'm the one who reacted to what he said. He said Phegly. As in fagola. A derogatory slang term. If he had wanted to say fugly, he should have. Why would he have to make a pun on a slang term that he could just say outright. And here's the kicker. In our mini-tweet battle, he tried to pull off the Fugly argument too, saying that Phegly's name rhymes with ugly and calling me ignorant. Here's the weird part about this. I would totally have eaten crow if he had just said he was going for fugly. But phegly doesn't really rhyme with fugly, except in the same way that most adverbs rhyme with other adverbs, anymore than the most useless member of the Addams Family Puggsly rhymes with my favorite documentary filmmaker Richard Yeagley. Also, when the root of the adverb you are trying to riff off of is actually used as a derogatory term for gay people, it doesn't matter what your intent was. It's irrelevant if he has never heard the term Fagola or Faig used as a slam (although I'm pretty sure that it was used thusly in a little watched show called the Sopranos). It's ignorance like that that makes ESPN Sportcenter so dangerous.
So I'm watching ESPN's flagship news program Sportscenter and I'm not sure but I'm pretty sure that Anchor Dario Melendez just lost his job. You be the judge of this partial transcript from his reading of the Tigers-White Sox game today.
"To the sixth, bases loaded, same score for rookie Josh Phegly (batter golfs one into the seats). . . and Nothing Phegly about that!!! His first career grand slam . . . "
I'd love to hear his defense of what is obviously an attempt to riff on the phonetic similarity of "fag" and "Pheg" (ala the derogatory "fagola") to set up the even more offensive punchline that would seem to suggest that a "Pheg" couldn't hit such a manly home run. (Note-I Tweeted him and he responded. Shameless plug alert. The rest of this story on my blog that shares my user name)