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Harrison Butker criticized for sexist, anti-LGBTQ commencement speech quoting Taylor Swift.



Harrison Butker criticized for sexist, anti-LGBTQ commencement speech quoting Taylor Swift.

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker is under fire for delivering a sexist, anti-LGBTQIA+ commencement speech that quoted his teammate Travis Kelce’s girlfriend, Taylor Swift.


Butker, 28, took the stage at Benedictine College’s graduation ceremony Saturday and railed against working women, Pride Month, abortion and other issues during his 20-minute address, leading to swift backlash on social media.

“It is safe to say that over the years, I have gained quite the reputation for speaking my mind,” the NFL player acknowledged before attacking “dangerous gender ideologies” and President Biden’s “bad policies and poor leadership.”

“Things like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia as well as a growing support for degenerate cultural values and media all stem from the pervasiveness of disorder,” he continued.

Butker referred to Pride Month as an example of “the deadly sins” taught in church, complaining to graduates of the private Catholic college in Atchison, Kan., that queer people have an “entire month dedicated” to their rights.

The athlete then addressed the women in the audience, telling them that their “most important title” should be “homemaker.”“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,” he said. “I can tell you that my beautiful wife, Isabelle, would be the first to say her life truly started when she started living her vocation as a wife and as a mother.”

As for the school’s male graduates, Butker urged them to “be unapologetic in your masculinity” and “fight against the cultural emasculation of men.”

Elsewhere in his speech, the three-time Super Bowl champion borrowed a lyric from Swift’s 2022 song “Bejeweled,” telling the crowd, “As my teammate’s girlfriend says, ‘Familiarity breeds contempt.’”

Chiefs fans, Swifties and countless others were quick to slam Butker online for his controversial remarks.

“Harrison Butker doesn’t represent Kansas City nor has he ever. Kansas City has always been a place that welcomes, affirms, and embraces our LGBTQ+ community members,” former county commissioner Justice Horn wrote on X.

“Harrison Butker, a dude I had never heard of until today, did a bang-up job of becoming one of the most hated men in North America in the space of one 20-minute speech full of bigotry and misogyny. F–k this guy. This is insane,” another user fumed.


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