Racist gesture against Wayne Simmonds at NHL game provokes outrage
A fan/shitsack at an NHL preseason game last night in London, Ontario, gave us all a taste of what many thought was a bygone era, an era when racism was something that fan/shitsacks felt comfortable celebrating in public, perhaps in the company of likeminded fan/shitsacks.
With the exhibition game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers tied, right-winger Wayne Simmonds had his shootout attempt marred by a banana peel thrown from the stands. This was reportedly the second time in the evening that a banana was thrown at Simmonds by the unidentified fan/shitsack. Each was presumably a comment on the fact that Simmonds is not white.
Simmonds, an emerging power forward from Scarborough, Ontario, who was acquired by the Flyers from the L.A. Kings during the summer, brushed off the incident in a postgame interview, but league commissioner Gary Bettman felt compelled to speak up this morning, calling it a “stupid and ignorant action”. And Simmonds’s fellow players have cranked up their Twitter machines to vent their outrage .
You’d like—you’d really, really like—to believe that, somehow, this was all a giant comic misfire, that the banana peel was meant to play its old vaudeville role. But there’s just too much ugliness in the gesture, given that banana-throwing is a jibe favoured by racist fan/shitsacks around the world.