What is the impact of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem kneel?
I have been trying to avoid the whole Colin Kaepernick issue but I had to write a little something now that he has been named the starter again. He can protest all he wants, I don’t have to agree with him but lately I have been reading about the declining TV ratings for NFL football games. I get the feeling the NFL is not going to panic anytime soon. Colin Kaepernick would like to think that his pregame protests are having an effect on viewership but that remains to be seen. Is he the modern day Rosa Parks or Ghandi or whoever? Perhaps. I personally don’t care what he does. Putting aside the racial component of this, I get bored by the involvement of politics/protests in entertainment. Much like I hate when an actor espouses their views on politics, I equally can’t stand when a professional athlete has to take the attention away from a game. If they want to tweet or Facebook their opinion outside the game, fine. Let them deal with the feedback there.
I would love to see demonstrations during professional sports or Hollywood award ceremonies set aside for the audiences sake. Most of us pay for entertainment because we want to escape (and yes we pay if it involves cable/satellite, going to a game or a purchasing a movie ticket or Redbox), even if for a few hours. We work 40-60 hours a week and just want to socialize or enjoy the moment without stress. Actors and athletes get paid to entertain. Plain and simple. The money they earn comes from the people who pay to watch. A Supreme Court Justice is calling Kaepernick’s protests “dumb and disrespectful”. I agree but my point is the distraction of the protest. I am tired of the distractions. We get enough clutter in our daily lives from the 24 hour news cycle, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, group text messages, you name it.
You get the point. I just want to watch a movie or a God damn football game in peace. Leave your message to another venue. Pay for your own stadium or theater and invite people to that event. If they show up then you know your voice is being heard your way and not irritating others that want an escape. I am not trying to take away from his message. Whatever he thinks is wrong with this country is on him.
I am old enough to remember the late 70’s and the beauty of the 80’s. Life was simpler then. I was excited when MTV came out and it let me escape with mindless hours of music videos. No messages, just entertainment. No internet, no twitter, fewer cable channels, no cell phones. Back then NFL games or movies were majestic. Big events, great escapes. Terrorism was distant, the world was safe to travel, there were no selfies or Kardashians! I love America. I loved it then and I love it now. There is only a handful of times I experienced discrimination and it happened during my college years (all the intellectuals there!). I am Mexican and have a some insight into the racial side of life. I studied sociology and criminal justice in college, played professional football and had plenty of friends of every race, color or creed.
The irony about all this has now come full circle. A lot of people have said Kaepernick isn’t starting because of his protests, or because he is black. Some have said Chip Kelly cut previous black stars like DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy (see the idiot known as Skip Bayless) because of his racial views. Colin Kaepernick is going to start again for the San Francisco 49ers so I think that puts that issue to rest. I think it’s safe to say that the ratings for his upcoming game will probably get a big boost. Your welcome NFL, I don’t think your ratings will be in trouble this week.