America’s PC Plague – an epidemic of raging abject human stoopidity that has been roaring across the fruited plain for the past seven years – has flared up recently in Wisconsin.
We purposely do not highlight every outbreak of this epidemic we come across. If we did, that is all we would do. Anyone who Hoped The Insanity Might Change underestimates the toxic venomousness of its Gestapo-esque proponents.
Officials of The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association are “recommending” that fans at their high school sports events cease using chants that might melt a fragile snowflake. “Snowflake” being a new term to describe those among us with the fragilest of psyches – i.e. high school stadiums / gyms must become “safe places” where “snowflakes” will not feel threatened.
“Aiiir Baaaall” and “Na Na Na Na Hey Hey ….” made the recommended VERBOTEN list along with, yep, you guessed it “U – S – A … U – S – A”.
Despite having a no-nonsense Governor in Paul Walker, Wisconsin has earned a reputation as a Sanctuary State for Politically Correct Lunatics. Headquartered in Madison – “The Chapel Hill of The Cheese State” – there is pretty much nothing too ridiculous for its nitwit faction to target.
Are you thinking “What about the Cameron Crazies?” Duke is both (1) a writhing snake pit of PC Lunatics…. and (2) synonymous with the most snowflake-unfriendly student section on Earth. …. Oh My…. What To Do? …. What To Do?
Students advised to stop chanting ‘U-S-A, U-S-A’ and ‘air ball’
The wussification of Wisconsin has begun.
Last month the state’s governing body for high school athletics declared that chanting “U-S-A, U-S-A,” is unsportsmanlike behavior.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association also directed schools to stop fans from booing, or chanting “Air Ball,” “Season’s Over,” “Fundamentals,” “Scoreboard,” and “Over-Rated.”
“Any action directed at opposing teams or their spectators with the intent to taunt, disrespect, distract or entice an unsporting behavior in response is not acceptable sportsmanship,” the WIAA wrote in an email obtained by the Post-Crescent. “Student groups, school administrators and event managers should take immediate steps to correct this unsporting behavior.”
I should point out that a spokesman for the WIAA told television station WISC that the sportsmanship guidelines are a point of reference and “not a requirement.”
“It’s up to each school or district to create their own sportsmanship conduct policies and enforcing them with appropriate consequences,” the spokesman told the television station.”
Wisconsin’s football stadiums, basketball arenas and wrestling mats have become safe spaces for the perpetually-offended generation.
Vince Lombardi must be rolling over in his grave.
Oh, you should see the 40-page sportsmanship manual complied by the fragile snowflakes at the WIAA.
Take, for example, the section that frowns on “booing of any kind.”
“If errors in judgment is (sic) made, all are human and we must accept that. Individuals do the best to execute in a way they’ve been trained,” the WIAA wrote.
They also took issue with the “Na Na Na Na – Hey Hey Hey Goodbye” song. They called it “taunting and disrespectful.”
The WIAA found the “U-S-A” chant to be problematic, too – along with “any acronym of derogatory language or innuendo.”
Their guidelines became national news after a high school basketball player got in trouble for posting a profane message about the sportsmanship rules on her Twitter account.
April Gehl, an honor’s student and basketball standout at Hilbert High School, suggested the WIAA should (let me put this delicately) eat excrement. http://www.postcrescent.com/story/sports/2016/01/08/prep-athlete-suspended-tweet/78525606/
Based on national media coverage, her opinion was shared by many. Nevertheless, April was suspended for five games. Her family does not plan on appealing the decision.
Paul Ackley is the athletic director at McFarland High School. He told WISC that he supports the recommendations.
“If a kid gets an answer wrong on the white board, they’re not going to start chanting, ‘You can’t do that,’” he said. “This is not Division I athletics. This is an extension of the classroom and it’s education-based.”
What in the name of Bear Bryant is going on Wisconsin?
Granted, you don’t want the children hollering out profanities and running around the gym buck-naked. But, these guidelines are not so much about sportsmanship as they are about political correctness.
We’re talking about high school basketball. It’s not a croquet match.
In 2014, former NBA star Dennis Rodman participated in a bizarre basketball game in North Korea. Remember how the fans sat quietly in the stands and only applauded when instructed to by the government?
Take a good look, America. That’s the future of high school athletics in the Badger State.
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is “God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.” Follow Todd on Twitter@ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.