The Sporting Life
As Billie Jean King walked onto the stage at Monday night’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the 68-year-old retired tennis star fist-bumped former track-and-field Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Ms. King and Ms. Joyner-Kersee joined the retired swimmer and sports commentator Summer Sanders and the golfer Cheyenne Woods, Tiger’s niece, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the premiere of the NCAA’s documentary, Sporting Chance. The film focuses on the history and success of Title IX, a 1972 act that made gender discrimination in educational programs, including sports, illegal. The four women also participated in a panel discussion hosted by Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports.
On Tuesday night Meryl Streep hosted an advanced screening of Lee Hirsch’s new documentary, Bully, at the Paley Center for Media. Bully is a film that follows the lives of six families and children for whom taunting, teasing and violence has been an unlivable problem. Celebrity anti-bullying advocates sounded off on the MPAA’s controversial R rating for the film, how the film resonated with their own experiences and how Dhuran Ravi’s conviction of a hate crime, in the death of Tyler Clementi, is raising questions about the line between youthful pranks and serious criminal acts
“I was really upset when I saw it,” Ms. Streep said of Bully. “When I watched it, it brought me back to New Jersey in ninteen fifty. . .—a long time ago. I was eight years old and up a tree and a group of kids was below me and my nemisis, this one bully, was hitting my legs with a stick until they bled,” she said. “It was very lord of the flies—a very nice Republican community.”
We’re not touching that last one.