PITTSBURGH – A Deadspin writer has taken a shot at a classy move by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL hockey team tweeted a picture of police officers holding a Thin Blue Line flag posing with players before they dropped the puck in a match between opposing teams.
“We’re honored to have Officer Mike Smidga, Chief Scott Schuber, and Officer Anthony Burke join us for tonight’s ceremonial puck drop,” read the tweet.
We're honored to have Officer Mike Smidga, Chief Scott Schuber, and Officer Anthony Burke join us for tonight's ceremonial puck drop.
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/Rxlv8EBCxy
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 30, 2018
Following the battle royale experienced by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police as they went after the Tree of Life Synagogue mass murderer, it’s a nice touch, right?
Not according to Deadspin writer Lauren Theisen:
For those who don’t know, “Blue Lives Matter” is an explicit reaction by law enforcement to the Black Lives Matter movement, which aims to end racial prejudice in policing. It’s a rallying cry used by some of the most empowered workers in America as propaganda against vulnerable people who are simply asking not to be killed or abused by state actors, and its endorsement by the Penguins is a gross slap in the face to some of their most marginalized fans.
Naturally, we believe Theisen is grossly misguided. Was she standing in line prepared to confront the mass murderer? No, we didn’t think so.
Fortunately, defenders of law enforcement showed up in force, even one from a self-identified liberal (scroll down to see final tweet). Here are a few samples that appeared on Twitter:
Cops were shot responding to the shooting.
— Jerry Stizzy (@J_Stizzy1124) October 31, 2018
— Allan Bourdius (@UnrealAllan) October 31, 2018
- PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE GUNMAN KILLS 11 PEOPLE, FOUR OFFICERS AMONG THE INJURED
- OFFICER TIMOTHY MATSON AMONG OFFICERS WOUNDED DURING PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE MASSACRE
- IS MEDIA BIAS MAKING IT HARDER TO INVESTIGATE CRIMES
4 cops got shot dumbass
— David (@D_Williams101) October 31, 2018
Because cops were shot and wounded as well? I'm not mad that they're trying to be inclusive.
— withaflourish (@cindycrittenden) October 31, 2018
This is garbage. Thin blue line has been around for a long time. This flag has nothing to do with black lives matter. I have a red one. Supports firefighters!!! This is exactly what's wrong with society right now. People are idiots!! https://t.co/f0m5gqJ7UG
— Jay Schall (@JaySchall) October 31, 2018
Hi idiots that flag existed before the BLM movement began. Try again, MORONS
— BlankSpaceLeft (@BlankSpaceLeft) October 31, 2018
Because #blue lives matter and the first responders should be honored
— Matty (@zoops007) October 31, 2018
Deleted all my links to Deadspin and the other former Gawker sites I was following. After this bit of SJW lunacy that's it for me. Followed them for years but no more.
— Pupperbutt! (@ThanosIsForever) October 31, 2018
And the comments continued, but we thought this one might be the best. It’s certainly the most descriptive:
I’m generally a fan of Deadspin. I’m also pretty liberal but I’m also from the Pittsburgh area. You should print out this article on some sandpaper and shove it up your ass.
— Ted Goulash (@gutcheez) October 31, 2018