Politics are taking over every nook and cranny of the culture.
Not even professional sports are safe.
But a former NBA star infuriated leftists with one bold statement.
Former NBA champion Stephen Jackson has moved from playing basketball to talking about the sport as the co-host on the Showtime-sponsored podcast “All the Smoke.”
Showtime, like all other entertainment media channels, has gone “woke,” so higher-ups at the network could not have been happy about what Jackson said on a social media stream.
Jackson went on a rant about University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, born William Thomas, who “transitioned” and dominated the women’s division, winning the NCAA championship.
Jackson said, “[You] got this white dude who’s scared to compete against men and knew he wasn’t better than men and go get a sex change just so he can be at the top and just so he can be one of the best in the world. But he wasn’t better than no men. You see what I’m saying?”
Criticism of Thomas and other trans athletes has become verboten in broader culture, even though the majority of Americans agree with Jackson and other people who have been attacked for a similar stance.
Jackson continued, “We not fixing to have our young women of all races work hard their whole life at a sport, put all this time in to be great, to win the medal, to be at the top, to be one of the best at their sport, and that all the work they put in, they get to the top and all of a sudden they gotta compete with a woman who has a sex change who’s really a man. We’re not about to do that. We gotta save women’s sports, and anybody that thinks that’s fair, you are sick. If you’re not as good as a man, you can’t compete with men, don’t think you can just have a sex change and go compete and beat women.”
Showtime has yet to comment on the issue, but other people who have spoken out in defense of biological reality in sports have been demonized.
Comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan was harassed by radical leftists for saying that trans women have a clear biological advantage against females in mixed martial arts fighting, something that any person with common sense knows.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been demonized for expressing that biological sex is real.
Rowling was not even invited to the 20-year reunion of the first Harry Potter film.
The three main cast members of the franchise have all spoken out against her.
Recently, actress Natasha Ward, co-star of the ABC firefighter drama Station 19, was forced to delete an Instagram post where she pushed back against biological males competing against women.
The battle continues, and neither side of the cultural debate appears to be backing down.