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Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker made a speech that many graduates at Benedictine College found misogynistic, sparking controversy across the internet
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Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker (7) walks to the practice field during training camp on July 29, 2023, in St. Joseph, Missouri.

A female student is graduating from Benedictine College. She walks into the gym and cannot wait to receive her diploma. As she sits down getting ready to listen to a speech that was supposed to be inspirational, turned out to be an overall mess and disappointment to all women.

On Saturday, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker was invited to make a speech at Benedictine College. For some, this speech wasn’t inspirational, nor positive. Women from across the world are feeling hurt and attacked by the words that were said.

One of the most well known and controversial quotes of Butker’s speech included, “For the ladies present today, congratulations on an amazing accomplishment. I want to speak directly to you briefly because I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolical lies told to you. Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world.”

Women both at the speech and online have been upset with the player for his comments.

Not only did this commencement speech jab at women’s dreams, but also at LGBTQ, Covid, President Joe Biden and abortion.At the end of his speech he also quotes on of the most successful women in the music industry, Taylor Swift. Butker addressed each gender individually in his speech with one side of it being uplifting, powerful and masculine. While the other side, the side of the women, got disappointment, degrading and misogyny.

On Wednesday, The NFL seemed to distance themselves from the situation and gave a single comment on the speech that was given.

“Harrison Butker gave a speech in his personal capacity,” NFL’s VP and chief diversity and inclusion office, Jonathan Beane says “His views are not those of the NFL as an organization.”

Women from across the world have been speaking out on how they have personally felt after hearing this speech. Social media platforms like Tik Tok has seen women showing their accomplishments, denying his speech and his views.

“I think it is rather insulting to all the women who have furthered their educational careers by getting Bachelors or Masters or Doctoral degrees,” says Kayleigh Jensen, Upper Campus building sub. “To be told while in the room that it was not the best idea as that is not their “purpose.” I do not think that the reactions are over the top or blowing it out of proportion because it is so insulting all the women who went down a career path.”

Unfortunately this isnt the only commencement speech gone wrong. Students walked out of the commencement speech at Duke University. With Jerry Sienfield speaking, some students walked out purely because of his religion. This raises the question of why was something so uplifting and powerful becoming a negative experience at graduation.

A speech that was supposed to be supportive and uplifting will now be remembered as a negative for not just women but also men. Butker has not yet commented or has backtracked on anything that he said during his speech as of Friday.

Women have battle comments like this before, but the difference with this one is the irony in it all.

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    Jimmy FalconeMay 17, 2024 at 2:22 pm

    Wow , this is disgusting.