In a cancel culture that has long since grown out of control, this is still one of the most stunning and unacceptable examples of it we’ve seen. In a post this week, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling revealed that AIG actually canceled his insurance plan because they don’t like the stuff he says on social media! Schilling, who gained national fame when he famously pitched through a bloody ankle injury during the 2004 American League Championships, has been a prominent conservative commentator in recent years.
Apparently, that career is not appropriate to AIG.
“We will be just fine, but wanted to let Americans know that @AIGinsurance canceled our insurance due to my ‘Social Media profile,’” Schilling wrote on Tuesday.
The baseball legend posted a screenshot of an email from an AIG employee who said, while they appreciate Schilling’s business over the years, “it was a management decision that was made collectively between underwriting and marketing teams that could not be overturned.”
Schilling posted the email with this commentary: “Cut out personal information and kept the relevant part readable. But ya, it’s real and I don’t imagine it’s even close to what we will witness in the coming months, years, if we let the Nazi’s win and the fraud is allowed to stand.”
Schilling went on to explain that AIG apparently made this decision because they were worried about sparking bad publicity for their coverage.
“That was their reasoning. The agent told us it was a decision made by and with their PR department in conjunction with management,” he wrote.
That might make sense if Schilling was a spokesman for AIG or was on the board of directors, but as far as we can tell, he was just another customer? Who would have even known that he was an AIG customer if the company hadn’t done this? This story is so outlandish and outrageous that we’re almost having a hard time believing it. So far, AIG hasn’t commented on the situation, but they absolutely need to. This is beyond cancel culture; this is outright wrong.
Nonetheless, Schilling made it clear that he supports the company’s right to cancel his coverage.
“To be very clear, it’s their right as a privately owned and run business,” he tweeted. “We do NOT need Gov’t in the private sector. This was merely a public notice to folks out there who might look at AIG insurance differently knowing they politically profile clients.”
It may be their right (we’re not 100% sure about that, actually), but it’s one of the dumbest corporate moves we’ve ever seen.