Cockfighting is a banned sport. Dog fighting is a banned sport. Yet, for humans, the smarter species, human cockfighting is OK? (6/1, A-1, “.‘In the ring, I’m somebody’; Mixed martial arts, once likened to ‘human cockfighting,’ has evolved, promoters say”)
Movies with sex and violence have R ratings to prevent children from watching. Yet to think that a parent would allow his or her child to watch or participate in this sport in any way is unimaginable. Where have we gone as a society to think this behavior is OK?
“In the ring, I’m somebody” makes you a nobody who can hit someone. If you want to be “somebody,” might I suggest you volunteer at a food bank, go on a mission trip with a local church, feed the hungry, help fix someone’s home in need of repair, be a big brother to a fatherless child, assist the elderly, visit a cancer ward or do something for someone less fortunate than you. That makes you somebody.
Mike Parker “doesn’t hate” the man whose face he is now beating. This front-page article about mixed martial arts was highlighted by brutal imagery in the ring.
Only a few inches away is the beautiful face of murder victim Kelsey Smith. “A year after she was murdered, her friends act on her parents’ advice of moving on and living strong.”
This tribute is marred by the questionable juxtaposition. What on earth were the editors thinking?