According to Fox News, the National Football League has gotten pretty girly. The NFL won't show a pro-gun commercial during the Super Bowl, but everyone knows that tough-guy NFL fans love guns, so what gives? Fox News co-host Andrea Tantaros would also like to know why players wore pink during October. And how about all those people complaining about bullying and head injuries? As Rush Limbaugh noted in October, "the chickification of everything is taking place."
Tantaros complained on 'The Five' yesterday that the traditionally masculine sport of football has gone soft. "The NFL ... I understand they're under fire, they've got the pink cleats and the Ravens talking Obamacare. It's a more feminized, softer NFL," she explains. Nothing prissier than health care, that's for sure. Breast cancer awareness: also pretty girly. She continued,
"Why don't they just put away the pigskin, bring out the Nerf ball, play in a bouncy castle ... Maybe change the name Dallas Cowboys — since cowboys use gun[s] — to like, the Tabby Cats."
We're pretty sure that everyone (on the Internet, anyway) loves cats, but okay. Her point is that ominous outside forces like "the media" and "elitists" are forcing the NFL to deny its gun-loving fans the pleasure of seeing a commercial. If the PC feminist brigade hadn't taken over America, we'd probably be able to watch Manning loft a perfect 40-yard bomb and then shoot it in the air.
Limbaugh tried pitching "Fatherhood Awareness Month" to the NFL, he claims, to counterbalance all that estrogen stuff going on. He also thinks that the caps players wear under their helmets to prevent concussions are just an excuse to keep their hair looking nice. "It's to prevent helmet hair," he says.
Josh Bernstein at Right Wing News lamented earlier this month that the Richie Incognito harassment scandal is further proof of the "feminization" of the league. "Only in the 2013 version of today’s NFL can a 6'5" 300 pound grown man be considered a victim of bullying," he sighs. All this sensitivity has made it harder for players to physically hurt each other, which in Bernstein's eyes is a shame:
Back in the old days you could clothesline a guy and try to knock his head off. If you tried to make a leaping catch over the middle as a wide receiver you knew you were going to pay for it. The NFL back then had guys that would play with broken fingers, broken toes, even broken arms or legs. Now if one of these high priced Pre- Madonna’s [sic] has a hang nail or pulls a hamstring they are out for the rest of the game.
Next thing you know they'll be putting actual women on the field.
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