Chick Writer Going Nuts Over Tristan Thompson Giving A Kiss To Sideline Reporter UPDATE: It Was A Dude Writer
Yahoo - Tristan Thompson scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds with no turnovers in nearly 30 minutes of action on Friday night. The Cavaliers big man returned to the power forward position and was probably the team’s best player in its 108-102 exhibition loss to the Dallas Mavericks at home. Following the contest Prior to the contest, FOX Sports sideline reporter Allie Clifton attempted to discuss as much with Thompson, who responded by disgusting us as much as humanly possible.
Yeah, hey, Tristan Thompson, don’t do that. Just because Allie Clifton remained calm and professional and kept a smile following the buss, it doesn’t mean Tristan Thompson wasn’t straight up sexually harassing her. She remained calm and professional because she is a professional – that is to say, she’s doing her [EXPLETIVE DELETED] job. Don’t kiss someone without their consent, ever, and don’t kiss someone without their consent while they’re doing their job. This isn’t cute or funny or meme-worthy. There should be no marginalizing or rationalizing of this. That could be a mortifying thing for this reporter, and Thompson couldn’t be more in the wrong. Just because you’re working with someone of the opposite sex, it doesn’t mean a sly innuendo, pat on the rear, or kiss on national television is in any way appropriate. You want to lay your uneasy flirt game on someone? Wait two hours and take it to a bar. Grow up. The Cavaliers and the NBA shouldn’t slough this off as a preseason giggle-fest.
Hey Lady…calm down. Christ almighty he gave her a peck on the head he didn’t tie her up and R-Word her. You can go ahead and fucking R-E-L-A-X with this “who responded by disgusting us as much as humanly possible.” First off all, if this is what you qualify as the single most disgusting thing a human can do, you need to check yourself. Take a look around the world at stuff thats actually disgusting before throwing out some hyperbole like that. And second of all don’t speak for me and the rest of the people who saw this clip.
Is it a little awkward and over the line and inappropriate as far as today’s standards go? Yea, probably. Was it completely harmless and in good fun? 1,000%. And thats the main point here. Calling this disgusting and labeling it sexual harassment is absolutely a slap in the face to any victims of actual, real sexual assault. It ended up embarrassing and a weird moment but nobody was hurt. Nobody was traumatized. She says nobody should marginalize or rationalize this, but I think a moment like this is the exact time you do need some rational, logical thought so that we don’t end up branding this as some sort of assault. Painting Tristan Thompson as some sort of predator because he had a playful moment with a sideline reporter.
Not everything needs to be a headline story about the moral behavior of men and women. Sometimes an awkward, quirky moment is just that. It doesnt need to be spun into women’s rights in the workplace and gender roles in society and shit like that. Save that for the real stories when there actually is some sort of discrimination or assault. Dont cry wolf with shit like this.
UPDATE: So this was written by a dude. I saw the name Kelly and saw the feminist angle and just assumed it was a girl but its a guy. Even more shocking. The same point still remains.