So the Anaheim Ducks have a player named Corey Perry. The fans of their playoff opponent, the Winnipeg Jets, decided to chant ‘Katy Perry’ at him because, I don’t know women are bad and stuff and so is Corey Perry? Synonymizing “woman” with “bad” or “weak” is nothing new in sports. In fact, I’d say it probably makes up a majority of the trash talk in men’s sports.
It’s also super sexist because, well, do I really need to explain how using a gender as a synonym for negative things is shitty? I guess I do because men sure had some opinions on why the Katy Perry chants were not sexist. The chants were not sexist because:
They were a goof
The NFL has an (arguably) much worse problem with domestic violence than the NHL
Women didn’t leave the game
No reason, we should just commit violence against those who are offended
Here’s a good point to make you feel a little better about humanity
Women can’t play men’s hockey. This one is fun because it’s historically and provably inaccurate.
Because Katy Perry can’t play hockey  and also hi I’m transphobic too!
Look another decent person and the deluge of trolls that came to prove them right!
It’s not sexist because it’s a hockey game. (Or maybe the point is that sexism should be tolerated in hockey?)
Single worst take award!
It’s not sexist because of these other things that the article also pointed out are sexist.
Bonus double sexism!
It’s not sexist because…I’m going to…pretend it’s not sexist? What?
Bonus mega sexism!
Not sexist because women call other women names.
Not sexist because playoff tickets are expensive
Let’s just call the writer a girl
How does freedom of speech work again?
From the didn’t get it at all ward…
It’s not sexist because Corey Perry probably didn’t care.
Making me feel bad about my masculinity is way worse than making women feel unwelcome.
Bonus slut shaming!
Trigger: Sexual assault
Why does everything have to be about sexism?! *makes it political*
They are coming in faster than I can screenshot them and I’m stunned with the number of people that think this is about Corey Perry’s feelings and not about creating an unwelcome atmosphere for women, which as you can see by the comments, Puck Daddy is extremely adept at doing themselves.
“Don’t look at the comments” is akin to saying “I have this huge pile of shit in my living room, and I know it’s a problem and I could try to fix it, but I’m going to pretend it isn’t there instead.” Puck Daddy ironically, commits the same organizational failure as the Jets in allowing sexism, misogyny, and homophobia to fester in an area they are supposed to be exercising some kind of control over.
In addition to criticizing the Jets for their failures in managing their community, Puck Daddy would do well to look inward. There are plenty of tools at their disposal for making it a more welcome place, from the very easy: modding the comments (which they probably do on some level already) or axing them entirely, to the more difficult: firing the writer who coined the term “outrage hobbyists” thus justifying the hatred and harassment of those kind of activists.
It is seriously…
Not. That. Fucking. Hard.
With the homophobia that the Islanders allowed to proliferate throughout it’s crowd to the harassment from the Montreal Canadiens’ fans to the Kings not trying a little harder to keep an abusive individual out of their facilities to the Penguins’ partnership with a harassing radio host, it is long past time to take these organizations to task for their history of stepping back and complaining that they cannot possibly be in control of the acts that their fans (and arms of their own organization) commit.
Do you employ communications staff? Public relations staff? Community relations staff? Security? What the fucking hell are their job descriptions? You employ people specifically to deal with this stuff. MAKE THEM DEAL WITH IT.