“People are striving to eradicate racist, sexist, homophobic, and ableist phrases (or team names) from our common language. But unfortunately, many of us also grew up hearing phrases that condone violence toward animals and perpetuate speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. Sayings such as ‘kill two birds with one stone,’ ‘beat a dead horse,’ ‘bring home the bacon,’ and ‘bullpen’ all normalize violent acts against some of the most defenseless members of our society.”
So says People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Yes, we better shed ourselves of a human-supremacist worldview. Let’s all acknowledge the superiority of the rat, locust, or paramecium. In truth, it is woke-besotted progressives such as those found in PETA that believe they are superior and who wish to rule the world.
Animals aren’t “members of our society.” And please explain to me how calling the area (of the baseball field) where pitchers warm up “bullpen” normalizes violent acts against animals?
PETA says the term "refers to the holding area where terrified bulls are kept before slaughter," but that has nothing to do with the historic baseball term. PETA’s claim is…ahem…so much bullshit.
But at least PETA helpfully suggested an alternative to the heinously speciesist term “bullpen.” What, you ask, is that? “Arm barn.” I kid you not.
“The Yankees’ manager is heading out to the pitcher’s mound. It looks like he wants to make a change here. Yes, he’s bringing Hector Carrera in from the arm barn.”
Doesn’t have the same ring to it. And besides, is “arm barn” really substantively different or better than “bullpen?” One would think that, in PETA’s eyes, a “barn” would be seen as a cruel, man-made structure specifically used to imprison animals against their will.
Why not the “closer cage,” “pitcher place,” or “hurler house?”
PETA should get off its high horse and stop treating language like a rented mule.