Gregg Easterbrook, my favoritest columnist, was fired from ESPN.com. He is the author of TMQ, the most authoritative football-related humor column of all time. His problem? Read this apology. And the problem didn’t even occur on ESPN.com. Easterbrook has since apologized (rightfully so). Some of you may ask why this is different from Rush Racist (I refuse to disgrace this site by using his full name).
ESPN and it’s corporate parent Disney, in all their tail-tucking splendor, has fired (instead of accepting an apology) a great writer/thinker who has no history of racism because it previously hired (and fired) a man who had a long history of sexism, racism and dumbism — who went on to offend many on national television via ESPN. If a kleptomaniac steals candy, that man should be treated differently than a criminal-record-free man who forgot to pay for one. Since Easterbrook criticized the producers of Kill Bill (Miramax ergo Disney ergo ESPN) this seems more like a case of Disney’s corporate vendetta.
So, this is my protest:
1. Boycott ESPN.com ’till Easterbrook returns.
2. Sign a petition to ask for his return.
3. I ask you to do the same.