This week in Great Moments in WTF?! History: Pervert Edition, former Major League Baseball pitcher, Curt Schilling admitted to engaging in behavior that had Fox Business host, Trish Regan, giving him the side-eye. Earlier this week an old video of Donald Trump resurfaced that featured him remarking that in 10 years he would be dating a then 10-year-old beauty pageant contestant, because, well…he’s Donald Trump. When the conversation shifted to Trump’s statement, Schilling thought it would be a good idea to defend Trump by arguing that pretty much everyone finds children ages 12-15 years-old attractive, and what he said was cringeworthy.
“Okay, well here’s the thing, the conversation you’re having about the things he said about the 10-year-old girl to me is at the very heart of why this is a problem. How many times, and I have three boys and a daughter, how many times have you looked at a young man and said: “Wow, is he gonna be…he’s a beautiful young man. Wow, he’s a gorgeous young man.” And that man was 12, 13, 14, 15-years-old? Or he’s a beautiful…”
Regan wisely interrupted Schilling and said: “I’ll be honest with you, Curt, zero.” Since Schilling’s statement is impossible to walk back , one would think he would’ve at least tried to change topics. Nope. He went all in, because apparently in his mind all adults find children attractive.
Schilling: “Now see, that’s a lie! There’s no way you haven’t seen a young…somebody else’s son and said: “Wow, he’s beautiful. Wow!” I mean I …”
Regan: “And thought: I’m gonna be dating him in 10…? No, sorry.”
Schilling: “No, no, but that’s…hold on a second!”
Regan: “You’re on your own on this one.”
Schilling: “No, I’m not on my own on this one, because I have boys. My youngest son is a gorgeous young man, and I’ve heard women say: “Wow, he’s a beautiful young boy.” To jump to the point where you’re insinuating something like pedophilia or molestation is where you’re going with this, because he’s joking about: “Well, when she gets older I’m gonna date her.” I mean, how do you get from there to being revolted and disgusted?”
Regan: “Well, I don’t look at a young boy and say: “In 10 years I’m gonna date him.” I just don’t, and I think that would be pretty sad if I did.”
And this is when Schilling went to a place from which there is no return.
Schilling: “No, I have a daughter! My daughter has friends! I’ve seen my daughter’s friends! I’m a man! Wow, she’s a beautiful young lady. That doesn’t…I don’t immediately jump to molesting her!”
After hearing this I was struck by three thoughts, the first being: “He said he doesn’t immediately jump to thoughts of molestation, which means eventually his mind does go to molestation, but according to him, not immediately.”
My second thought was: “Schilling’s the type of male relative you hope isn’t in a home where your daughter or niece will go to a sleepover.”
And my final thought was: “This guy’s a real life version of American Beauty‘s Lester Burnham!”
Curt, Curt, Curt. Even after Regan had basically told him he and Trump were riding solo on the Crazy Perv Train, he just had to dig a little deeper. What I found as equally concerning as Schilling’s comments was his insistence that Reagan’s response that she had never looked at young boys and thought they were beautiful was a lie. He simply could not fathom that an adult wouldn’t be attracted to a child or a pre-teen. Schilling also doesn’t seem to understand that males ages 12-15 aren’t men, they’re children. His statements made him sound as if he feels every adult is prone to pedophilic thoughts and tendencies, and that such thoughts are not only natural, but acceptable.
There are two victims here: Schilling’s 18-year-old daughter, who now knows her dad’s that creepy old lech who leers at her friends when she brings them home; and Schilling’s wife of 24 years, Shonda, who now knows her husband was probably lusting after their daughter’s underage friends over the years. Be wary of the parents and teenage siblings of your children’s friends, because child predators can’t be detected by sight.