This is a comment by MCA on the post “Sandusky Victims: Tear down the Paterno Statue Yourselves“.
“The statue isn’t the problem. The problem is what erected it and what it represents—the excessive fetishization of sports, to the point that protecting the brand/team (and its revenue) took precedence over protecting children from a monster.
“Firing Joe Paterno won’t solve that problem. Shutting down the entire Penn State football program permanently won’t solve that problem; it’ll just happen again in another football school, if it isn’t happening right now. The solution is to end college sports, all of them. We’re the only civilized nation whose public universities function primarily as sports clubs, with education a distant second, and we certainly piss away far money money on them that anyone else. As long as those warped priorities remain in place, the ingredients for a repeat of this scandal remain as potent as ever. Every few months, like clockwork, there’s a new scandal. How long will it take before people finally realize that it’s not “bad actors”, it’s a toxic environment that will turn anyone bad.
“Of course, this entirely skips over the broader social obsession with grown men whose sole accomplishment is playing children’s games. That the people working to cure cancer have to fight tooth and nail over every scrap of funding just to keep the lights on while we pay people billions for contributing absolutely nothing to society says horrible things about our priorities as a society.”
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