Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer revealed in an interview with NBC Sports’s Joe Posnanski that not only he is a Star Wars fan, but The Phantom Menace is his favorite of the series. Posnanski felt it necessary to snark about it on Twitter, beginning a 2016-style media beatdown of anyone who fails to conform to their “correct opinions.” Next was a jock site called Larry Brown Sports that felt it was a headline worthy story to mock Bauer. Then back over at NBC Sports, Craig Cacacrappa or whatever his name is, also felt it worth several pixels beating up on Bauer. And Jason Lukehart at Let’s Go Tribe, an Indians fan site, decided to proclaim Bauer’s choice as “questionable.”
Gee, and they wonder why I despise the media so much. It’s full of despicable excuses for human beings.
Bryan Young called this bullying and gatekeeping. There’s no reason at all for anyone to pile on a young man for his taste in movies. I mean, WHO CARES? But we have a media today that feels it is appropriate to shame, harass, and destroy anyone for any reason. Just a few days ago, some outlets thought it was appropriate to dig into some Reddit posts by a guy who asked a question at a presidential/townhall debate and “expose” them. It was totally not newsworthy and meant to do nothing more than to humiliate the man. Unfortunately, the Gawker/Mic/Buzzfeed/etc. mentality is to do just that, humiliate and ruin anyone who doesn’t conform to what they think you should believe, act, say, etc.. And not only is that wrong, it’s frightening. It isn’t just the posts themselves that are problematic, they invite a bunch of mean-spirited comments and people take them as license to go after the target directly. On one site, a commenter said Bauer must have autism. I have to wonder how many trolls and bashers went after Bauer on social media.
In response, Young asked people on Twitter to send him their TPM memories, fan art, cosplay, etc.. If you’re so inclined, he’s at @swankmotron. He also tweeted to Bauer that he’s welcome on the Full of Sith podcast. Bauer might be a little busy right now but if you’re on Twitter, you can send some support to @BauerOutage.
Now what would be great is if Bauer is invited to appear on The Star Wars Show, Lucasfilm’s official YouTube program, to talk about his love for the saga. If Lucasfilm wants to put its money where its mouth is with being all anti-bullying and maybe show that they care about prequel fans too, this would be a great way to do it. And of course, we’ve got his back here!