'Katy Perry' Hockey Chants Aren't Sexist, Says NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
“You think that’s sexist? Taunting chants aren’t intended to be sexist,” says the hockey commish.
Earlier this week during an National Hockey League playoff game, fans of the Winnipeg Jets taunted Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry with chants of "Katy Perry." NHL commissioner Gary Bettman caused a minor controversy on Friday (Apr. 24) when he shrugged off questions about the chants being sexist during a media meeting.
According to the Wall Street Journal, when Bettman was asked by Jesse Spector of The Sporting News about the 'Katy Perry' chants (as well as Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby being called "Cindy Crosby" by opposing fans), the commissioner responded, "You think that's sexist? Taunting chants aren't intended to be sexist." Bettman added that the hockey league has a track record of "diversity, inclusiveness and doing the right thing."
Sports Illustrated's Sarah Kwak reportedly pressed Bettman on the issue, asking, "You don't see how taunting a player by calling them a woman could be sexist?" Bettman responded, "I see the point but I don't think it's overly literal. Short of gagging everyone who comes to a game I'm not sure we can stifle that."
Bettman has been the NHL commissioner since 1993. Perry has yet to comment on the matter, although it's unlikely that she'll be performing a Missy Elliott-assisted extravaganza for the NHL anytime soon.