What do Mary Tyler Moore and Derrius Guice Have in Common?

Lou Grant. They have Lou Grant in common.

This is the script from the very first episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Lou: How old are you?

Mary: Thirty.

Lou: No hedging! No 'how old do I look'?

Mary: [smiles and shrugs her shoulders] Why hedge?

Lou: Yeah.

Mary: How old do I look?

Lou: [pauses] Thirty. [opens booze bottle in his desk drawer] What religion are you?

Mary: Uh, Mr. Grant, I don't quite know how to say this, but, uh, you're not allowed to ask that when someone's applying for a job. It's against the law.

Lou: Wanna call a cop?

Mary: [sweetly] No.

Lou: Good! Would you think I was violating your civil rights if I asked if you're married?

Mary: Presbyterian. [Lou stares at her] Uh, well I, I, I decided I would answer your religion question.

Lou: Divorced?

Mary: No.

Lou: Never married!

Mary: No.

Lou: Why?

Mary: Why?

Lou: Do you type?

Mary: Mr. Grant, there's no simple answer to that question!

Lou: Yes there is! How 'bout 'no I can't type' or 'yes I can'?

Mary: There's no simple answer to why a person isn't married.

Lou: How many reasons can there be?

Mary: [nervously] 65.

Lou: [exasperated] Words per minute. My typing question!

Mary: Yes.

Lou: Look, miss! Would you try answering the questions as I ask them?

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That episode first aired in 1970. When a 30 year-old unmarried woman was known as a spinster. When an older man asking a younger woman inappropriate questions during a job interview was the norm.

The reason it's funny to me today is because it was forty-eight years ago. Things were so different. You could get away with so much more back then. [opens booze bottle in his desk drawer]

Parents smoked in cars with the windows rolled up. No one wore a seat belt.  You just threw the kids in the way back of the station wagon with the window rolled down and hoped for the best.  There was no internet, only Encyclopedia Britannica. A Twinkie was considered a treat and not a form of child abuse.

So much has changed. Yet so much remains exactly the same. If not worse.

When I woke up this morning I had no idea who Derrius Guice was. Which is really weird since I'm such a huge fan of the sports. Go team.

But now I know exactly who he is. And I now know what a combine is. It's been quite the day.

According to Wikipedia, Derrius Guice is an American football running back for the LSU Tigers. He is the only player in Southeastern Conference history with three career games of 250 or more rushing yards.

I could have sworn there was another player in the Southeastern Conference with three career games of 250 or more rushing yards. But that's not the point of this story.

For those of you not in the know, there was a combine last week. From what I gather, a combine is some sort of interview process for the big draft. So NFL teams ask prospective players about stuff. Why, I'm not sure.

Now I'm no Virginia McCaskey. But I would assume said questions would be about, oh I don't know, football. Or at the very least super sporty stuff. Like do you think Tom Brady deleted his balls on purpose? And do you think it upset Gisele?

But no. Derrius Guice was asked by an NFL team if he was attracted to men. And this is where I stop understanding football. Again.

What difference does it make who he's attracted to? Why are they asking him this? I mean the only real thing I actually understand about football is that it doesn't matter at all what your sexual orientation is. If you're good at football, you're good at football. And isn't that all that matters when you're looking for players?

It's 2018. And I can't believe I'm comparing an episode of Mary Tyler Moore to an NFL combine. This is so disgusting. How are there still people in positions of power behaving this way? Please make it stop.

I'm really hoping the NFL steps it up and makes it known that this type of discrimination is not okay and will not be tolerated. Or I may have to just stop watching the World Series every year.

***Today's post is dedicated to the Executor and Fran. Happy Women's Day! Thank you for always being so supportive in the Women's Right Movement. Without trailblazers like you, I'd probably be a thirty year-old spinster without the right to vote. #metoo+youtwo

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