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  • Writer's pictureJerry Della Femina


How did Mickey Mantle feel about midgets or, as we now say, little people?

Did he ever pick up a woman at a bar and have sex with her and not even ask the next morning if it was “good” for her?

If Mantle were alive today, would he make jokes about people who have changed their sex and are now in the army of the transgenders?

How did he feel about what in Mantle’s time were called “cross-dressers”?

What were his thoughts about homosexuals?

I don’t have the answers to any of these questions about Mantle.

Frankly, I never cared about what “The Mick” thought or said.

I was a Mickey Mantle fan and the thrill of watching that handsome speedy giant running from home plate to first base in under six seconds, or hitting a 450-foot home run, or winning 12 pennants and seven World Series for the Yankees, was enough for me.

I never cared what he thought. I was more interested in how he played the game of baseball. Silly me.

But that was another time and the world has changed. Just look at what just happened to Jon Gruden, who was forced to resign as coach of the Raiders after reports that an NFL investigation uncovered emails from him to a former team executive that showed Gruden, while an ESPN employee, using racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic language.

This included, but was not limited to, insults about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a sexist meme of a woman refereeing in the NFL, photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, etc. etc.

Bet you thought that your email was private, but these days I guess privacy doesn’t exist for email, does it?

And how long before the woke and cancel people go after athletes of the past? And, of course, soon every present-day athlete will have to show he or she is pure of mind and a woke robot or they will be fired and ruined.

I say in the future the emboldened woke morons and the cancel jerks will go after Mantle and Joe DiMaggio and Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges and Vince Lombardi and Frank Gifford and each and every sports hero of our youth and they will make it clear that their incredible achievements in sports were not enough, but that every single item of their personal life and prejudices counted, too.

And if they ever laughed at or told a racial or sexual joke then their reputations must be tweeted into the ground. Throw them out of the Hall of Fame. Better still, let’s close Cooperstown and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Let’s eliminate every record of every sport where we enjoyed their incredible talent.

Woke is relentless. It will come after sports.

I thought Jon Gruden was a good coach. I was never interested in his personal life. That doesn’t matter. He’s a cancelled person, living forever in woke disgrace.

Jon Gruden was the first but not their last victim.

These “I’m more moral than you” fanatics have taken dead aim at humor, fun, freedom and life, and they’re winning.

They’ve run over Hollywood. Your favorite movie in the past couldn’t be made today, with frightened studio executives fearful of social and political pressures.

In a recent interview David Zucker, who wrote the hilarious movie “Airplane” 41 years ago, was asked by a fan at a Q&A, “Could you make ‘Airplane’ today?”

Zucker’s response: “Of course, we could. Just without the jokes.”

Zucker also said, “Comedy is not dead. It’s scared. And when something is scared, it goes into hiding.”

The sad fact is we have come to a time when any idiot with a tweeting finger is capable of taking away this nation’s sense of humor.

Which brings me to my hero, Dave Chappelle.

Chappelle has a new Netflix special, “The Closer,” which I saw the other night, and it’s laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Some of his jokes are about transgenders and, of course, the woke mob went wild and demanded that Netflix cancel the show.

However, if you watch the entire 72-minute Chappelle show, as I did, and many of his critics failed to do, you will see Chappelle, near the end, telling the heartbreaking story about his trans friend named Daphne Dorman, a comedian he loved and supported who died by suicide.

The New York Times, that house organ for woke thinking, ran a guest essay reviewing Chappelle’s show on the front page of the Sunday Review, which said:

Chappelle’s new comedy special is “a joyless tirade of incoherent and seething rage, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia.”

Did Netflix fold and run for the hills? No.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, who wins my award for Profiles in Broadcasting Courage (admittedly a very thin book), refused to cave in.

He released this statement: “Some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do. Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long-standing deal with him…As with our other talent we work hard to support their creative freedom – even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful.”

Kudos to Ted Sarandos.

If only there were more courageous people out there to defend Christopher Columbus and Thomas Jefferson and so many others from the ignorant maniacs who are trying to rewrite history.

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