The world has been a really crazy place lately, hasn’t it? Covid and the subsequent way it was mishandled by all our elected officials and public institutions has reshaped society for the worse. Arguing that point is to ignore the obvious.
People lost their jobs because they refused an experimental vaccine, students were denied in school services, grieving families were denied last rites with ill loved ones.
Yep, it’s been a true crapfest. The shocking part is how despite CDC recommendations finally starting to roll back to some semblance of common sense, some companies still refuse to “follow the science” and continue to double down on vaccines and restrictions.
ESPN and its parent company Disney is one of these companies. Sage Steele is an ESPN reporter who recently suffered a firestorm of criticism and suspensions for having the audacity to question the need for a Covid vaccine she didn’t want.
Now, with the CDC relenting on Covid mandates and restrictions, Steele may get the last word. here are the details from Outkick:
ESPN’s Sage Steele was crucified by many for saying that she didn’t think it was right that Disney, the network’s parent company, mandated all employees to receive the vaccine. Now that the CDC has changed its COVID guidance, Steele is continuing to use her right to free speech regarding the situation.
Last week the CDC finally entered reality and ended all different treatments for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Steele, who called Disney’s vaccine mandate “sick” and “scary” last fall, reacted to the CDC changing its stance.
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…and all those who were canceled or punished for not wanting to be forced to take this "vaccine"…. and all of us parents who were shamed for not caving & giving our kids the shot…. and, and, and…. https://t.co/g84IxzZ9R2
— Sage Steele (@sagesteele) August 13, 2022
It should be ok to express your opinion, even if it casts a bad light on your company. Disney and ESPN shouldn’t be above criticism, especially when they are forcing an experimental vaccine into all of their employees, from reporters and anchors all the way to ticket takers at Magic Mountain.
Sage Steele was brave enough to speak out, and she paid the price.
“I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is, sick, and it’s scary to me in many ways,” Steele told Cutler.
“But I have a job, a job that I love, and frankly, a job that I need, but again, I love it. I’m not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney, a global company…but it was actually emotional.”
Steele ultimately received the vaccine to keep her job, but after extreme backlash and ESPN allegedly benching her for a period of time, Steele filed a lawsuit against the company in April.
The lawsuit alleged that ESPN violated her freedom of speech and that the company forced her to apologize for her ‘controversial’ comments.
These weren’t “controversial” comments. This was simply a free-thinking adult questioning why they were being forced medicine that they didn’t want or need in a free country. That’s a fair question, and criticism.
ESPN, and companies like it had no right or business mandating MEDICINE to people as part of the condition of employment.
Has this ever been done in American history? Aside from military service my thought is no, at least not in our lifetime.
It’s wrong, un-American and ESPN and Disney need to be held accountable for their draconian policies. It remains to be seen whether Steele will win her lawsuit, but the recent CDC changes have all but validated her complaints, giving Sage Steele the last word.