Not too long ago I found myself pondering at what stage in our history entertainers went from the “bring out the jester to entertain me!” to the “Wow, entertainers are the coolest and we should give them all of our money, attention, and respect!” level.
But now I find myself thinking that the “entertain me!” mindset is still in our brains and is only activated when the entertainers “forget their place” and start having opinions and shit.
HOW DARE THEY!!!!
Sarcasm, that is. I don’t care. I’m not in the shut up and dance crowd and I don’t understand that crowd and I don’t understand how they don’t see and hear how fucking racist and belittling they sound.
And I feel that it is absolutely nothing but jealousy when they start throwing salaries into the mix. Yes, it seems absurd that an athlete makes millions and millions of dollars while a coal miner or teacher makes little to nothing. But, when you think of the sports leagues as a whole and keep in mind how much money those institutions are making off the names, likenesses, and physicality of those people it makes sense. They are being compensated fairly for that industry.
I don’t understand how people don’t see that all of this patriotism they are currently feeling was a marketing scheme cooked up after 9/11 to try to entice people to enlist to the military.
I don’t understand how people that live in the United States and claim to love the freedom that that brings us can also turn around and want forced patriotism! Paid for patriotism. How is THAT respecting your country? How is THAT respecting anything?!
I don’t understand how the people that are currently whining the most over “disrespect of our flag!” are also the ones that would get a raging boner over a thin, blonde lady in a flag bikini while wearing a flag t-shirt and drinking beer from a can with a flag on it when every single one of those uses are going against the flag code they claim to love so much.
I don’t understand how the people that scream and cry over how much they love our Constitution seem to understand it the least.
I don’t understand how the people that worship our military don’t understand that the military is made up of individual people with their own thoughts, ideas, and opinions and that a lot of them have a very cynical viewpoint of the military as a whole and/or our country due to their experiences working within that machine. Or that some of those people, as they should, understand the Constitution and the freedoms it grants us that they signed up to protect and feel that it’s perfectly fine for people to sit, kneel, turn their back, totally ignore or whatever during the National Anthem because we ARE THE HOME OF THE FREE. It says so right in the song, ffs.
But that also means that those that don’t understand all of that and want to bitch and complain about it….they get to. It doesn’t matter how dumb or hypocritical they are being, they get to complain. Freedom is for all of us.
We all pick and choose who gets to have an opinion or lose their jobs over it. Duck Dynasty, anyone? We liberals lost our minds and were happy when they lost their jobs, right? We felt superior because they were being ignorant bigots.
They are allowed to be ignorant bigots.
And they are allowed to lose their jobs over it.
The only thing free speech gives us is protection from is the GOVERNMENT. So, the President doesn’t really get to use his damn Twitter account to call for the firing of people. I’m sure that it’s technically allowed, since he’s not rounding them up and arresting them, but it’s a grey area that shouldn’t be danced on.
We’re all hypocrites. All of us.
That all said, if people would calm the fuck down and just ignore what the NFL players are doing all of this would go away. Them quietly kneeling isn’t impacting you and if you’re pissed off about it, then you’re not really going to be happy with ANY protest they do. Quietly kneeling is as peaceful a protest as you can get. So stop arguing, stand for the anthem if you please, and sing along.
And, once you calm down, perhaps do some soul searching as to why it’s actually pissing you off instead of what FOX news and the President’s tweets are telling you to be pissed about. You might actually learn something.
We all learn something when we actually calm down, shut up, listen, then reflect.