We had our first child eight years ago, Gwendolyn, and I remember how excited (read: terrified) I was about being a first-time dad. During a family gathering, I had my daughter strapped to my chest and in the middle of a conversation with my mother and sister, a rank odor floated out of my precious newborn, so I began to talk with them about the best way to change her dookie-dump. First thing they did was laugh and say how funny it was to hear their 6’4” macho son/brother talk about diaper changing strategies.
Because given our family, it WAS funny.
My father is from a generation consisting of diaper-fearing cave men, so the idea that a modern man would actually show interest in a previously female chore made two of the women in my family crack up in my face.
Unapologetically, I might add.
So when I read what Cam Newton had said to a female reporter, about how it was “funny to hear a female talk about routes”, the first thing I thought to myself was, yeah, that is kinda funny. My whole life I’ve been trying to get the women I’ve coupled with to show an interest, ANY interest, in one of my favorite professional sports, and not once did any of them ever try to love the NFL.
So when one finally does, it’s kinda funny.
Not ‘how dare this woman think she can understand a man’s game’ funny, but more of a ‘wow, you’re the first woman I’ve ever heard use the phrase ‘truck-sticking’ at all, let alone correctly, and it surprised the crap out of me’ funny.
Men changing diapers, women understanding football, these types of advances ARE funny, along with being essential to our society’s sexual evolution, because they are pleasantly unexpected, and the surprise of seeing the opposite of what you have come to expect is the very core of what is humorous.
But apparently not to SOME feminists.
Cam got hammered in yesterday’s news cycle, and as a result has lost valuable sponsorships (read: big $), and the TV talking heads jumped all over this poor guy.
So what did this filthy rich jock, this ‘sickening’ and ‘sexist’ animal do next?
Watch the video. It was the most sincere, heartfelt, perfectly unscripted and well-worded apology I’ve ever heard, and trust me, I know – I’m married, so I’ve had to make plenty of them.
“I’m a man who tries to be a positive role model in my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. And I…take ownership to everything that comes with that. And what I did was extremely unacceptable.”
Take note, fellow wrong-doers, that’s how an apology is done.
Which brings me to my final point – why is this athlete setting a better example than our president? How is it that, when it comes to apologies and personal accountability for unacceptable words toward women, this 28-year-old just executed a perfect slant route past the 66-year-old leader of the free world?
If you were looking for someone to shame in this situation, SOME feminists, look no further than DJT.
Notice he didn’t tweet a single word about Cam’s faux pas, not even a
Shameful what some ungrateful millionaires will say about women. Sad. #grabherpussyinstead.
What Cam said was regrettable but somewhat understandable. What DJT said was unacceptable and borderline criminal, yet there he is in the White House, our PGIC . And not one of us expects to hear an apology from Trump for those words, ever. His followers voted him in so apparently they are fine without one, but God help Cam Newton if he were to have done the same. When athletes are held to a higher standard than the American President, we all need to take a good look, because THAT is funny.
On a final note, my sister and my mother have yet to issue me a formal apology regarding diaper-gate 2009, not because they’re against that kind of thing, but because it was a total non-issue and no sponsorships were lost. As my eight-year-old daughter grows into a woman, sadly plenty of guys she’ll date will do her wrong. But I’m hoping, praying, that every time it happens, she’ll understand the fundamental difference between a man like Cam Newton and a little boy like DJT.