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Letter to editor rips Washington Post for likening Ray Rice to Fred Flintstone (photo)


The entire Ray Rice controversy, from his alleged conduct to the NFL’s questionable two-game suspension stemming from the purportedly ugly incident involving his now-wife, and the ensuing questionable reactions and commentary from pundits and talking heads — specifically Stephen A. Smith — has provided for an opportunity to openly and reasonably discuss the tragic and disturbing issue regarding the prevalence of domestic violence in this country.

That in and of itself is a good thing. Trying to make something positive come out of such a horrible situation is the best a society can do when confronted with such troubling matters.

One reader of the Washington Post, however, elected to forgo such a discussion and instead opted to castigate the newspaper for likening the Baltimore Ravens running back and his conduct to a beloved cartoon character.

In a letter to the editor published in the Post’s Thursday edition, the reader takes the paper to task for making references in an article to Fred Flintstone when discussing Rice’s behavior and actions.

The article in question was a July 28 column by Sally Jenkins, in which the columnist wrote the following cartoon caveman-disparaging passage:

As Stephen A. Smith says, “See, we keep talking about the guys, when we never talk about the elements of provocation.” See, some guys can sound so dumb you’d think they had a chair broken over their head, but the first element of provocation a woman should avoid is calling them on it, whether it’s an NFL official justifying a two-game penalty for a running back going all Flintstone on his wife, or an ESPN announcer who holds your cable subscription hostage while he tries to string two sentences together. As Smith likes to say to “the female members” of his family, “Let’s try to make sure that we do our part in making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Takoma Park’s Martin Kramer offered up the pro-Neanderthal rebuttal:


Wait. Was Fred Flintstone a Neanderthal? Or was he a Cro Magnon? Or was he an entirely different species of are hominid ancestry? Somebody get back to me on that one.

Moving on, as the writer so eloquently states, “yabba-dabba-don’t lump Fred Flintstone in with that type of behavior.” Truer words have never been written. Or not.

Given that “The Flintstones” patriarch cannot even defend himself over such slanderous statements, the decision to compare Rice to Fred is positively prehistoric.

If a paper wants to compare Rice’s conduct to the threats once uttered by Ralph Kramden on “The Honeymooners,” sure. But Fred? Not so fast.

[H/T SB Nation, image via @kevin_reiss]