Uptown Sports Takes Stab At Gays on Twitter

Homophobia can cause folks to do some stupid things.

You know, like when  Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals. In Iran we don’t have this phenomenon.”

That comment caused a comedic stir amongst the American public – heck, even homophobes know how delusional that ignoramus statement was.

We may not be living in Iran, but stupid, along with homophobia, knows no borders.  Today, “Uptown Sports” tweeted their position on Sean Avery’s push to legalize gay marriage.

Cody: find new representation.

In the end, this will be more about stupid than it will be about homophobia (or bigotry, or “political/religious views,” or whatever you want to label this ugliness).  So much attention is being drawn to Twitter as a means to lose your job through making your employer look absolutely terrible (Google “Rashard Mendenhall” if you live in a cave).  It simply boggles the mind that a corporation with clients this elite would belch out such drivel for the public to see.

I don’t care what your position on gay marriage is: corporations have no place online or elsewhere to make incendiary comments about our fellow Americans.  If you agree, I whole-heartedly encourage you to visit their Twitter account and let them know how you feel about their little outburst.

Or maybe they just believe that no one will notice – surely, there cannot be any gays in the NHL, right?

Wrong.

Go Sabres.

UPDATE:  According to James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, agent Todd Reynolds was the man behind the tweet.  Reynold’s has defended his tweet as representing his own personal beliefs – too bad he didn’t use his own personal Twitter profile to do so.

UPDATE: President of Uptown Sports Don Reynolds, (Todd Reynolds’ father) has come out in support of his son, and decided to include a nod to bestiality in his logic.  Seriously.

“It’s sad. I mean, my personal position is that I do not support gay marriage, and I think it’s wrong, as well. It’s not politically correct to, I guess, give your opinion about a thing like that. It’s politically correct on the other side, for people to say, ‘sure, I support gay marriage.’ But the majority, I think, of Canadians would say that they don’t agree with gay marriage – that man and woman were created to be married, not man and man or man and horse, you know?”

This is getting ugly.

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14 Responses to Uptown Sports Takes Stab At Gays on Twitter

  1. Ugh, that’s one of my BIGGEST pet peeves. It doesn’t matter if you have hundreds of employees or you’re a one-person part-time gig in your mother’s basement – keep your religious/political/social viewpoints out of the view of your potential customers!!

  2. Jonahan says:

    Ouch… of course I disagree and I thought what Avery did was cool.

    But it does send a signal to be VERY careful with your business Twitter account. I tweet for a client and use Hootsuite to tweet to make sure their feed doesn’t get confused w/ my personal one.

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  4. B-dizzle says:

    “Homophobia can cause folks to do some stupid things.” Why is thinking homosexuality is wrong automatically a phobia of it? Such a statement could be understood to mean that you have an issue with others believing that homosexuality is wrong, while claiming to be taking some “high road” where you accept all behaviors as good and right—while actually not accepting others’ views that marriage should be strictly between a man and woman. You can’t have it both ways. You simply disagree with them. They aren’t homophobes. If anything, you seem to be so afraid of “offending” anyone that you will let the family be destroyed in the name of “equality”. What else is “equal”? Pluralistic marriage?

    “Corporations have no place online or elsewhere to make incendiary comments about our fellow Americans” — you take the comments as incendiary, others don’t. The company is within its right to do as it’s owners please. You have the same right to come out in support of Avery’s comments. It could be a bad business move, but you don’t solely write the story on the response to the corporation, consumers as a whole do. You have the ability to not purchase from that corporation. If enough people care, the company will lose business. But in the end, his clients might just care about good representation at the negotiation table. Or, they might even respect his principled views on marriage.

    • scottymcss says:

      Personal opinions must be shared with personal accounts. Not with the company account.

      • B-dizzle says:

        tell that to the unions, girl scout cookie purchasers, etc…..it’s naive to this that individuals that own corporations don’t influence the corporations’ policies.

      • scottymcss says:

        Never use the company twitter. Never use the company twitter. Never… you get the idea. Go ahead and Google “Fired over t” and see what comes up.

  5. B-dizzle says:

    It’s an 8 person operation, safe to say they are on the same page.

    • scottymcss says:

      That’s a completely unfounded assertion. In any event, all 8 need a reminder that what they say in public alters their clients’ relationship in business and media. They are agents, representing others. No one wants their representation going on weird rants.

      And again, personal beliefs are for personal accounts. That is the foundation of Twitter use in the business world.

  6. B-dizzle says:

    Not really a jump at all. It’s an 8 person operation with the owner being the president. You can be sure he wouldn’t have tweets like that going through without his knowing. They would have been deleted and not defended if there was an issue. That’s beside my point which was that if they want to promote their views at the corporate level, it’s up to the owner….no one else no matter how much you disagree with his statement, counter to what this blog claimed: “Corporations have no place online or elsewhere to make incendiary comments about our fellow Americans”. The policy is what the shareholders set it to be (and the owner is the only one). Call it a business gamble, but it’s their right….it’s called free speech….see Citizens United v. FEC. Let consumers as a whole determine if the comments are “incendiary”, not a blogger, not a gov’t bureaucrat.

  7. raincoaster says:

    Oh dear god, I can’t believe he’s digging a deeper hole. If nothing else, doesn’t he realize that on an account that represents other people he has no right to make such a statement?

    THIS is why people should have their own “blow off steam” personal Twitter accounts. When people like me use your corporate account as a bad example, you’ve gone too far:
    http://raincoastermedia.com/2011/05/09/social-media-drama-lesson-348948

    • B-dizzle says:

      The account doesn’t represent other people, it’s HIS company. The people I think you mistakenly believe he represents are actually HIS employees. He can do what he wants….if you have a problem with it, don’t buy his services (aka Use him as an agent) or create a competitor offering the services without that point of view— but outside of that, your only input can be discussing his statements on their merits (not claiming he shouldn’t be allowed to speak).

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