Gay Cakes, business and feelings.

So my week started with the news that a bakery in Belfast lost their appeal against their choice not to make a cake depicting Bert and Ernie giving their support to gay marriage.

I was stunned that this was news.

Before we start, let me state that I disagree with the bakery decision to not make the cake. Even if it is based on their beliefs. But I agree with the freedom a business has to provide a service to whoever they want. That is how the free world works.

If they are in a position to let business walk out the door then the cake making business must be doing well. I have no idea on the subject based on my expertise being only in the eating of said cakes.

The issue to me is bigger than a sponge product. The issue is the reaction of people to this in the first place. Ranging from discrimination to ‘if someone walked in wanting to have a cake made supporting ISIS they would probably make it’. Both absolute nonsense! This is a business! As the owners they are allowed to provide the service to whoever they want. I know I have repeated this but it bears repeating.

People react saying that they should have just said they were too busy to make the cake. Again this is just nonsense. The result is exactly the same. The business is sent away, but the precious feelings of people are spared. I’ll ask you a question, do you think that insurance companies are discriminating when they quadruple (and more) the premium of teenage drivers? They don’t want the business! Instead of saying no, they make it near impossible to afford. Exactly the same thing. They do not want the business, instead of just saying no, they are pricing them out of the system.

The LGBTQ community is facing far more battles than a cake maker in Belfast. This is not the topic to scream about. It appears that most people are more interested in being offended rather than seeing this for what it is. That being closed minded people turning away business based on an ideology.

The person who wanted the cake made should have moved to a bakery up the street and moved on. Instead the first reaction is to jump to being offended and affecting peoples ability to make money. The bakery I am sure has had a drop in sales because of this. Again, taking offence is the first reaction.

Let’s cop on, move on and make the world a better place!

 

@nkeegan for more

The Return of Ronda Rousey

The amount of new in MMA lately is hard to digest. Just so much of it.

This week we are looking at the return of Ronda Rousey. The saviour of women’s MMA (don’t mention Gina Carrano) makes a return to the cage for the first time since losing her title to Holly Holm, who has in turn lost the title to Meisha Tate, who has lost the title to Amanda Nunes.

So have we caught up?

Ronda has gone through a transformation. In the beginning at Strikeforce the big smile, arm breaker was making fans (and money) faster than fast. She was breaking people up in record time, building an empire and stacking up the wins while collecting the Strikeforce belt along the way. Her toughest test was Meisha Tate, and that wasn’t a massive test. She was untouched in that fight. All was good. She defended the title in the same fashion and opened the door for women to (rightly) fight in the UFC. It all started as Strikeforce finished. She stacked up the bodies and stacked up the wins. The big smile was winning fans from all around the globe.

And then the Ultimate fighter happened. She was to coach against arch nemesis Meisha Tate.  This was when it began to turn around for Rousey. She began acting like a spoilt teenage girl. Screaming and generally acting like a petulant child. The backslash had begun.

To those who read her book, this was no surprise. Her competitive nature sometimes gives way to baby-ish behaviour.

The victories continued until she ran into the human buzz saw that was Holly Holm. A woman trained for 1 mission and that was to beat the unbeatable Ronda Rousey. And that is what she did. It wasn’t a fight, Holm demolished Rousey. Ronda looked off, she was not herself and it appeared that the fame had gone to her head. She over looked her opponent and paid for it in the worst way.

Instead of dusting herself off, much like the great Conor McGregor did, she reacted so badly that the media couldn’t avoid it. Up to this point she was the darling of the media. She could do no wrong. But this was too far. The media reported (and I don’t mean twitter) on her behaviour and even the tiny Paige Van Szant discussed a run in with her at a Reebok shoot on the Joe Rogan Podcast. That is well worth a listen.

So team Rousey go on the offensive, saying that everyone has turned on her when it was her true colours that have been costing her.

She comes back to fight. I would put money on the fact that if Holm was still champion, she would still be making films. She would still be sticking with Hollywood. If it was Tate, she would still stay in H’wood. I don’t think Rousey fancies her chances against Tate after the Holm title win. Ironically Tate went down the same route as Rousey and overlooked Nunes which is where her title went. Now Rousey fancies her changes against Nunes.

Nunes is dangerous. Rousey struggles under pressure. This is not an easy fight for Ronda. But she should win and get the belt back. Followed by retirement.

In closing, I think Ronda is an elite fighter. But she cannot handle adversity well. If Nunes can put some knuckles on her chin it will put Rousey back in the same position she was in with Holm. Will she react differently? Or will she close down like before?

 

This is the reason to watch!

Until next time, @nkeegan for more.