Mark CubanSo if Ron Franklin got fired for calling Jeannine Edwards "sweet baby," I can't wait to see what happens to Mark Cuban who recently called Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, "Jeanie Buss' Boy Toy."
To give you some background: Jeanie Buss is the daughter of Lakers owner, Jerry Buss. She and Jackson have been dating romantically for some time. Apparently Jackson made a comment about Cuban's basketball team, the Dallas Mavericks, being "thinner" after a player's injury.
When an ESPN reporter asked Cuban about Jackson's comment, he replied, "I love that Jeanie Buss' boy-toy had something to say about us. I don't know if it was his thought or Jeanie's thought, but it's nice to know that she lets him speak in public about other teams."
"Boy toy"? Wow, let the outrage ensue! I mean, if "sweet baby" is a fireable offense, surely "boy toy" should be subject to at least that. Right?
Wrong. A big fat nothing will happen because the words were thrown about man-to-man and not hurled at some poor, innocent woman. It's been turned into a big joke with both Buss and Jackson laughing off the whole thing.
"I love it. I consider myself an old man. I'm a boy toy? That's terrific," Jackson said.
Jeanie Buss is downright flattered by it:
"It's like saying, let's make fun of Phil, like, 'You're old' or 'You're tall.' It's like, 'That's all you can come up with? I got a kick out of it, but maybe Mark just did it to make me giggle. I am Madonna now and Phil is my boy toy."
Oh how things would be different if Cuban had called a female colleague a name laced with sexual innuendo or implied that her boyfriend was doing the talking for her. Or how much stronger would Jeannine Edwards have appeared if she had lashed back with her own witty retort to Franklin instead of getting "saved" by ESPN?
Why is it men are able to verbally spar and laugh off comments made in poor taste while women -- whether they want to be or not -- are treated with kid gloves, attempting to shield our delicate ears from any offense? Sexual harassment awareness and laws do some great and necessary things, but there's also a point where their influence actually hurts women's status in the workplace rather than protecting it by putting us in a separate class -- a class that can't handle what the big boys can.
Do you think Mark Cuban's comment about Jeanie Buss' boy toy is more or less offensive than Ron Franklin calling Jeannine Edwards "sweet baby"?
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