I have long railed at how professional sports teams essentially blackmail cities, using the threat of moving teams to another city, into using taxpayer money to build fancy new stadiums while the wealthy team owners benefit from the profits.
In Seattle, the city council rejected by a 5-4 vote a proposal to subsidize a new entertainment and sports complex that the developer hoped would attract a basketball or hockey team to the city. The city used to have an NBA team known as the Seattle SuperSonics but they moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.
So far, so good. The catch was that the five ‘no’ votes were by the women on the council while the four men voted in favor. This resulted in the women being at the receiving end of a barrage of vile, sexist comments and threats.
Many attacked the councilwomen on social media and through emails, often with profanity-laced or sexually graphic insults. Most said the female officials didn’t back the plan because women don’t like sports, with one saying they would have approved the sale if it was for a needlepoint museum.
Samantha Bee introduces us to the five women on the council.