North Carolina Republicans Are All In For Basketball, Nowhere To Be Found On LGBTQ Rights
The NCAA has announced that it will be relocating seven of its championship games from North Carolina, citing the state's discriminatory HB2 and anti-LGBTQ laws as the reason for the move. State GOP officials have received serious flack since the legislation passed in March, as HB2 mandates that residents and visitors to the Tar Heel State only use the restroom that corresponds to the gender listed on their birth certificate, as opposed to their gender identity. The decision to move the championship games has, of course, elicited a response from the North Carolina GOP's response to the NCAA decision, which is so insane you almost think it's not real.
You would think that the state's GOP officials would be used to the loss by now. North Carolina had already lost $500 million in revenue by May, as conferences and artists began boycotting the state over HB2, The Charlotte Observer reported. The NCAA joins an entire host of groups that have since pulled out of the state, including the NBA and their All-Star Game.
But apparently this sting was just too great for Kami Mueller, an official spokeswoman for the North Carolina GOP. She released the following, an almost too-crazy-to-believe statement in response to the NCAA's decision:
The problems with this statement, of course, are truly endless. Some of the highlights include Mueller's apparent fear of unisex facilities (the horror!), and the fact that the GOP is apparently now concerned with women's bodies and sexual assault. Forget the fact that their HB2 legislation completely undermines the safety of transgender women's bodies, but hey, that's just "political peacocking," as Mueller put it.
Thankfully, the NCAA as an organization had a much more sane response regarding their Board of Governor's decision to move the games. Mark Emmert, the NCAA's president, said:
Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships. We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.
The NCAA's commitment to equality is a response everyone should be able to get behind. Conversely, Mueller's completely outdated response, which relied heavily on untrue statements and absurd opinions, shows how far the state has to go in terms of being more inclusive of everyone.