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  •  I Don't See The Equivalency (10+ / 0-)

    Ozzie Guillen said nothing truly controversial yet the kneejerk reaction from the Miami Cubans (as usual) is to get apoplectic whenever someone is off their personal script of vendetta. The Marlins did what I expect a business to do -- care about dollars and cents. I just wish that more commentators would point out the stupidity of this entire controversy.

    This head movie makes my eyes rain.

    by The Lone Apple on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 06:24:24 AM PDT

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    •  So you think their reason... (6+ / 0-)

      ...for boycotting and protesting was stupid.

      That doesn't make it "bullying."

      Bullying is a violation of another person's rights. A bully violates a person's right to safety and security, and his or her right not to be verbally or physically assaulted.

      The protests and boycotts by the Cuban ex-pat community were, regardless of the reason, an exercise of  their rights—not a violation of Guillen's or the Marlins'. The Cuban community was under no obligation to buy Marlins tickets, nor were they outside their rights in protesting the statements.

      I don't agree with the protests or boycotts, but let's not play into the Right's hands by suggesting that the exercise of citizens' and consumers' basic rights when they feel offended by something a company or its representatives said or did is somehow an act of "bullying."

      They have their right to free speech and to choose where their money is going. We have our right to call their speech and choices silly. The Marlins have their right to discipline Guillen. In this case, the system worked exactly as intended.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 06:44:52 AM PDT

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    •  Not controversial? (1+ / 0-)
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      auron renouille

      Now that is just stupid.

      Of course it was controversial.


    •  It's the context (2+ / 0-)
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      v2aggie2, Armando

      If Guillen made these comments while White Sox manager there wouldn't have even been a news story -- the White Sox don't even play in Miami unless there's an inter league matchup. But for Guillen to say this while in the Marlins employ is equivalent to praising the KKK in the heart of Bedford–Stuyvesant or the employee of a Jewish deli saying "well, Hitler was a tyrant but he made the trains run on time." In fact, there's even precedent as MLB suspended Marge Schott for a year for comments she made about Hitler -- in a sense Schott was an employee or at least directly connected to MLB as an organization as she was the owner of the Cincinnati Reds.

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