ESPN has a new competitor in the Sports News Wokeness Olympics. This week, the magazine announced that former gymnast Rachael Denhollander is this year's Sports Illustrated's Inspiration of the Year Award.
And it's hard to argue with that designation. Denhollander was the first woman to publicly speak out about USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, whose pathological sexual assault spanned decades and affected the lives of 332 young women.
There's nothing blantantly "woke" about Sports Illustrated's choice here. What is questionable is the person they chose to present the award: highly suspect Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Something tells me there's a hint of false equivalence here. Ford's uncorroborated and dubious accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh pale in comparison to the avalanche of proven accusations against Larry Nassar. Are we supposed to be taking social justice guidance from Sports Illustrated, a magazine that has, by feminist standards, objectified women for decades and enforced unreal body standards?
Blasey Ford had the following to say about the designation:
Good evening. I am honored to speak with you from afar about a woman I admire so much, a woman who suffered abuse as a vulnerable teenaged athlete who found the courage to talk publicly to stop the abuse of others. Her courage inspired other survivors to end their silence, and we all know the result. Rachel Denhollander, I am in awe of you, and I will always be inspired by you. In stepping forward, you took a huge risk and you galvanized future generations to come forward even when the odds are seemingly stacked against them. The lasting lesson is that we all have the power to create real change and we cannot allow ourselves to be defined by the acts of others.
At this rate, Dominos Pizza will be telling us how to choose the appropriate gender and Discount Tire will demand that we vote for Bernie Sanders. Wouldn't the world be more enjoyable if we could think for ourselves?