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Sexism sprouts ugly scene in Seattle arena debate

Posted by Betonline team on 5/11/2016 3:29:16 AM
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Many in the city of Seattle want the NBA back. They believe the city has received an image hit since the Seattle Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008.

Maybe we should rephrase that. Many men in the city of Seattle want the NBA back. The women don’t without more assurances. And that has caused a huge controversy of name calling and dirty politics as a majority female counsel rejected by a 5-4 vote to provide funding for a $550 million proposed arena.

Seattle government wanted to try to lure an NBA and possibly an NHL team.

The men say it was a huge death blow to the NBA returning. The women said they were not going to provide any funding without assurances that the league was coming, which they do not have. They also believed it would cost industrial and maritime jobs.

Councilwoman Lorenza Gonzalez cast the deciding vote and has gotten the brunt of hate mail and threats. Things got so bad that even the mayor and leader of the arena project asked the community to back down.

“When we are dealing with sexism, we have to understand that we need to give women opportunity to lead and to stand on their own two feet because that’s what we do every day,” Gonzalez told The New York Times. “The fact that it was five women who tipped the vote to prevent this land use action from occurring, I think, just scratched the surface of what we know is a still unfortunate, very, very strong sentiment of sexism out there. My hope is that the men who are engaging in this vitriolic behavior will understand that it needs to end.”

Meanwhile, many men became spoiled brats on Twitter and went after the women.

“You have made this world a worse place by whoring yourself out to the highest bidder,” one man wrote in an email. “Each of you should rot in hell for what you took from me,”

Attorney Jason Feldman went way over the top: “As women, I understand you spend a lot of your time pleasing others (mostly on your knees) but I can only hope that you each find ways to quickly and painfully end yourselves.”

Mayor Ed Murray and investor Chris Hansen spoke out against the trolls that attacked the women. Hanson is trying to get $200 million in public money but must lure a team by 2017 through expansion or getting an existing team. The NBA said it has no plans to expand.

“While we may not agree with the council’s vote, misogynistic insults, vile comments, and threats are unacceptable and need to stop,” Hansen said in a statement. “We should all show respect for our elected officials and the legislative process, even if we disagree with their decision.”

The Mayor said: “The disappointment some felt at the outcome of the vote is understandable, but what is not understandable is to bring gender into the conversation. It is wrong. To spout sexist rhetoric about councilmembers is wrong.”


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