I stand by my statement - just as I don't think it's ok for anyone to call another person a "n*****," I don't think it's ok for anyone to call a woman a "c***" (and I find it wrong and demeaning to women that a radio personality, politician, public figure, or anyone really, can lose their job or be publicly excoriated for the use of a racial epithet but someone can use an equally reprehensible word toward a woman with no consequences).
Then again - I. Am. A. Woman. As a woman, I think it's wrong.
Do my feelings on the subject make me an emotionally unstable, overly sensitive individual? Does the fact that I chose to vocalize those feelings make me a strident, harpy bitch?
(for some idea how some people might answer those questions, see comments to this blog)
Whatever you may believe, it's my heartfelt belief that my feeling/opinion and my expression of that feeling/opinion merely makes me an individual with a personal standard. Period.
My all-time favorite poker players are Kathy Liebert, Maria Mayrinck, Kara Scott, Vanessa Selbst, Victoria Coren and Jena Delk so it's not like I'm trying to promote a Team Danny/Team Annie agenda, although I do wonder if there would be any money in t-shirts with such slogans...hmm...I digress.
No, I am not going to go play at Ultimate Bet. As much as I am a fan of Joe Sebock, I don't believe they ever adequately addressed the cheating scandal and so I may just end up going back to Bodog or FullTilt...we'll see.
So, go on witcha bad selves and have some fun today. It's Saturday. Be nice to each other and to all you men, please be especially kind to your wives, mothers, daughters and sisters. For as much as we get on your nerves, you love us even if you can't admit it (here's a secret - we love you, too).
PokerStars' response to my email is below. Again, if you feel as I do and/or want to express your opinion to PokerStars - and I hope you will - please just email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pokerstars' response to my initial email:
From: PokerStars Support
Subject: PokerStars Support - Daniel
Sent: Aug 21, 2010 12:49 AM
And my response:Hello ________,
Thank you for your email.
We are glad to hear that you are enjoying the Women's Poker League and value
very much as one of our loyal female poker players.
Daniel and Annie are both passionate about poker, and both aren't afraid to
speak their mind. I think this is a fact people like and appreciate about
both players. When you have two people that are similar in that regard,
there's bound to be friction somewhere along the line.
Although Daniel Negreanu is a Team PokerStarsPro, he is an entity to himself
and as such will always be encouraged to express his views and speak his
mind as he would otherwise do so, PokerStars Pro or not.
I hope you will still enjoy watching both Daniel and Annie play as both are
fantastic poker players and an enrichment, on one way or another, for the
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions and
thank you for choosing PokerStars.
PokerStars Support Team
And PokerStars' response:I get that and appreciate that he is an individual unto himself. But his comment re: Annie Duke, a woman, and calling her a "cunt" is exactly on par with calling an African American person a "n*****," it is completely and utterly unacceptable.
I appreciate your response and would likely be placated if PokerStars were to make public a statement like you provided me.
If that's not going to happen, please let me know because I will cash out and commence playing elsewhere.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Date: Saturday, August 21 2010 1:13 AM
Subject: PokerStars Support - Forwarded to Supervisor
That was 12 hours ago.Hello __________,
Thank you for your reply.
I have forwarded your email to a Support Supervisor for their review and
response. You will receive a reply as soon as possible.
Your patience is appreciated.
PokerStars Support Team
Good luck at the tables, peeps.