Deadspin owner Ted Cruz should really keep a closer eye on what’s being published at his sports website. Writer Lauren Theisen, for example, couldn’t comprehend why a Thin Blue Line flag would be displayed at a Pittsburgh Penguins game during a ceremony honoring the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 31, 2018
Are you going to be ok?
— losman (@losmansports) October 31, 2018
This was the event which triggered Deadspin:
We're honored to have Officer Mike Smidga, Chief Scott Schuber, and Officer Anthony Burke join us for tonight's ceremonial puck drop.
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/Rxlv8EBCxy
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 30, 2018
For those who don’t know, “Blue Lives Matter” is an explicit reaction by law enforcement to the Black Lives Matter movement, which aims to end racial prejudice in policing. It’s a rallying cry used by some of the most empowered workers in America as propaganda against vulnerable people who are simply asking not to be killed or abused by state actors, and its endorsement by the Penguins is a gross slap in the face to some of their most marginalized fans.
Or maybe they displayed the flag because …
Cops were shot responding to the shooting.
— Jerry Stizzy (@J_Stizzy1124) October 31, 2018
— Allan Bourdius (@UnrealAllan) October 31, 2018
4 cops got shot dumbass
— David (@D_Williams101) October 31, 2018
Because cops were shot and wounded as well? I'm not mad that they're trying to be inclusive.
— withaflourish (@cindycrittenden) October 31, 2018
“For some reason”
Supporting law enforcement?
— Iangreenest (@Iangreenest) October 31, 2018
Because #blue lives matter and the first responders should be honored
— Matty (@zoops007) October 31, 2018
You guys don’t get it … that flag is racist.
Hi idiots that flag existed before the BLM movement began. Try again, MORONS
— BlankSpaceLeft (@BlankSpaceLeft) October 31, 2018
This is garbage. Thin blue line has been around for a long time. This flag has nothing to do with black lives matter. I have a red one. Supports firefighters!!! This is exactly what's wrong with society right now. People are idiots!! https://t.co/f0m5gqJ7UG
— Jay Schall (@JaySchall) October 31, 2018
Snowflakes are out
— Swaggy Fee (@gcsports_talk) October 31, 2018
You guys are a joke
— Dan Waters (@dwaters12) October 31, 2018
This is a terrible excuse for journalism. @Deadspin is normally pretty good but this is just hate mongering
— Dan Fang (@Dan_fang71) October 31, 2018
Ugh @theisen95. I thought you’d be better.
— Hunter Hoehn (@hghoehn) October 31, 2018
That’s all I can say.
— Collin (@Wolfman930324) October 31, 2018
not douchey at all
— some guy (@jammyyoon) October 31, 2018
Deleted all my links to Deadspin and the other former Gawker sites I was following. After this bit of SJW lunacy that's it for me. Followed them for years but no more.
— Pupperbutt! (@ThanosIsForever) October 31, 2018
I’m generally a fan of Deadspin. I’m also pretty liberal but I’m also from the Pittsburgh area. You should print out this article on some sandpaper and shove it up your ass.
— Ted Goulash (@CrickRat) October 31, 2018
From the replies, it seems most Deadspin readers found the display sickening and inappropriate. Huh.
ASS=STOMPED: J.R. Salzman SHREDS Deadspin editor for calling gun owners 'cowards' https://t.co/b0q5MzvMuN
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 22, 2018