Pathetic: GQ Names Kaepernick “Citizen of the Year”
GQ magazine, which is apparently as eaten up with liberalism as its YouTube channel would suggest, has just named disgraced quarterback Colin Kaepernick its “Citizen of the Year.”
“He has been locked out of the game he loves —blackballed — because of one simple gesture: He knelt during the playing of our national anthem. And he did it for a clear reason, one that has been lost in the yearlong storm that followed. He did it to protest systemic oppression and, more specifically, as he said repeatedly at the time, police brutality toward black people,” the magazine wrote. “Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson—athletes who risked everything to make a difference.”
But what “difference” has Kaepernick really made? In addition to his current situation, which was entirely self-imposed when he left the 49ers for what he imagined would be greener pastures, he has imperiled the entirety of the NFL with his childish protests, which have spread like a malignant virus throughout the league. Ticket sales and ratings have plummeted, team owners are practically begging the commissioner’s office to take a stand, and the NFL brand has become yet another thing to hate in conservative circles. Yes, Kaepernick has made a difference, all right. But it’s hardly one worth celebrating.
In the magazine, several writers take turns trying their damnedest to do what Kap’s supporters have been doing for more than a year, which is to pretend that kneeling for the national anthem has nothing to do with the national anthem.
“In my view, the most pernicious element of white backlash against Colin’s protest has been the way in which the narrative has been co-opted and re-framed so that taking a knee is now somehow synonymous with disrespecting the flag, with a lack of patriotism,” wrote Christopher Petrella.
Gee, that IS pernicious for white people to assume that Colin’s disrespect of the flag had something to do with disrespecting the flag. What the hell was White America thinking?
In a series of pointed tweets, former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry blasted the magazine for their ill-considered decision to honor Kaepernick.
“JJ Watt raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey victims. 37 MILLION! But Kaepernick refused to stand for our national anthem (a year ago) and is Citizen of the Year,” she wrote. “Right…”
“Wear socks depicting police officers as pigs; wear Fidel Castro as a fashion statement IN MIAMI; sue NFL for collusion when gf compares owners to slave owners… Win Citizen of the Year,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Serve in the US Military…nothing. What a joke, GQ.”
Kaepernick’s legacy (that is, if he is not simply forgotten in a few years) will be to have turned the NFL into just another landmine in our political divisions, to have disrespected veterans and patriots, and to have stolen from our country the one thing we could still agree on: The importance of standing together every once in a while to remember, for a minute, that we are all still Americans.
But yeah, kudos, brotha.