MTF never fails to disappoint.
All you apologists who are
and whining that this is just Court's "private opinion" and that she is free to express her beliefs are missing the mark.
No sh-t, under a free society she is free to express her beliefs, and guess what: under a free society the public is equally free to censure her for that speech.
Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from scorn for that speech, or freedom from consequences of that speech. If I was in school and I called a female teacher a b-tch or a black schoolmate the n-word or my gay teacher a f-g, do I get to cry "freedom of speech!" just so I can get out of being put in detention for three days after hatefully insulting someone for their nature? Pretty hilarious stuff to see all the so-called liberty-minded in this thread acting like renaming MCA would somehow be equivalent to putting a gag order on Margaret Court herself.
As for the "private opinion," argument, do any of you honestly think Court's "private opinion" on an equal rights issue would have made the news had she not been speaking in her capacity as a public figure as a minister and former tennis great? Let me remind people that she is not just addressing the public policy issue of same-sex marriage but was speaking about the very nature of gay people themselves, going so far as to say a crappy, dysfunctional heterosexual relationship is far better to raise a child in than a loving, caring, but "unnatural" same-sex home.
And for those of you who clearly don't follow this type of news, let me remind you that this is not the first time Court has made anti-gay remarks, nor has she shied away from involving the tennis world in her anti-gay remarks
(for those of you who think her views have nothing to do with the sport), famously remarking that lesbians ruined women's tennis... which is not only a hateful statement, but an extremely
one, considering the WTA would not exist were it not for the efforts of one lesbian in particular, and the respected status Navratilova currently holds among anyone who follows sports.
For all we know Laver or Rosewall might feel the same way as Court, but you don't see them yapping to the press about how LGBT people are malformed and incomplete and have ruined tennis and don't deserve the same rights as everyone else because even the sh-ttiest hetero couple would make better parents than two well-adjusted men or women. Even if they held the same private opinion, the fact that neither of them have voiced those opinions in their capacity as public figures means that they have brought less harm on their sport. If you seriously think public comments like Court's aren't bad for the future of the sport and recruiting young people into the game when increasingly younger generations show an increasingly higher acceptance of LGBT people and when many young gay men are attracted to the sport for the absence of teammates who police each other's machismo and the relative unimportance of tiresome macho peacocking compared to other sports, then I have a bridge in the Gobi Desert to sell you.
The idea that what Court said is just a private opinion that should just be ignored is
. Activists in various countries are trying as hard as they can to stop suicides among LGBT youths, and it has been documented that the kind of hate speech spewed by public figures
like Court in the name of her deity is one of the root causes of the self-hate and despair these young people feel. To argue that renaming MCA to censure one of the sports' most prominent Aus. legends for her CONTINUED hate speech would somehow be a blow against free speech is laughable. No one would be stopping Court from continuing to speak her bigotry by renaming MCA; they'd just be sending the counter-message that many people vehemently disagree with her brand of idiocy.
As for the idea, I'd love to see MCA renamed but there clearly isn't the will or leadership to make it happen. As the ridiculously ignorant comments in this thread proves, there would be a bigger public uproar over the renaming of an arena to censure a bigot than there would be over the bigot's actual odious behavior, which is a sad comment on people.
I much prefer the idea of ticketholders going to MCA with rainbow flags and/or banners protesting Court's words. If people can wave their flags around in the stands in a show of jingoistic d-ck-waving, surely a rainbow flag or a "Court Doesn't Speak for Me" banner would be perfectly acceptable.