I'm not sure what name
To call Yunel Escobar
I've got just one thing
To tell Yunel Escobar
Tu ere coño
At least one "professional" baseball player has his intolerance, literally, written all over his face. The Center For American Progress reports:
The Toronto Blue Jays losing at home to the Boston Red Sox was only the second most surprising thing to happen at the Rogers Centre on Saturday.
That award goes to Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar, who entered the field wearing eye black with the words “tu ere maricon” written on them, Spanish for “you are a faggot”.
Major League Baseball’s front office is investigating the incident. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays organization released the following statement in response:
The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game. The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter.
Many equality advocates remain unsatisfied. Outsports.com writes, “just saying we “do not support discrimination” means nothing if you take no action against a public slur like this.”
To date, the Blue Jays have not joined at least nine Major League Baseball teams in supporting LGBT youth with an “It Gets Better” video.
Escobar will be speaking to the media Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
The Blue Jays have reportedly suspended Escobar for three games. His salary during that time will be donated to GLAAD and the You Can Play Project, which helps gay athletes.
I'm not a Spanish speaker, so when I was looking for what slur to throw back at Escobar I wasn't sure I was getting it right. Google Translate tells me that "intolerante" translates to "bigot". But that hardly seems an appropriate response.
Any other ideas?
Thanks to my fellow ChicagoNow blogger Holly Lipschultz and her husband Jeff, I've found an appropriate slur to use, so I've updated my haiku and the title of this post (which was originally "Tu Ere Intolerante").
According to a page of Cuban slang, coño means "bastard" or "shit" ... or, according to Jeff, "cunt"
I can live with that.
But I'll still take other suggestions.