It wasn’t that long ago that the Dixie Chicks were boycotted and lost millions for criticizing George W. Bush. It seemed stupid to me but it was very real for them and millions of people. It’s common for the general public to tell actors and musicians and athletes to stick to their business. Like they are not able to express their constitutional rights as citizens.
I’ll confess that I can’t watch a Charleton Heston movie anymore because of his association with the NRA. Same with Mel Gibson. But I don’t think they should be denied the right to express themselves. Can anyone watch the Cosby Show the same way anymore? Or OJ Simpson?
Colin Kaepernick just got a 60-80 million dollar settlement from the NFL. Because he knelt during the anthem and was then blackballed from his sport while in his prime. NFL owners are notoriously conservative, he is black, and Trump wouldn’t stop slagging him. I think he deserves every dollar. And for the most part, he kept his mouth shut. It was a silent protest, which was his right, and they ruined his career.
Sports has always been political.
It was a political act to pause wars in ancient Greece for the Olympics. The Great White Hope was what they used to call white heavyweight boxers who had a chance to beat the black guy. Jesse Owens in Hitler’s Berlin Olympics was political. Jackie Robinson desegregated baseball a year before the American Army was desegregated.
Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Curt Flood. All social activists. Clemente, Frank Robinson. Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe. Even Serena Williams. Rocket Richard. Cultural differences in sports used to cause riots.
Who made a bigger difference politically among singers than Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, or Bob Dylan? Giants of the twentieth century.
I judge celebrities regarding politics on their merits. For every Lee Greenwood that I dismiss, there’s a Billy Bragg.
I think Colin Kaepernick is simply another in a long line of athletes that history will treat better than the present day does. It’s too bad we have to make them suffer in their lifetimes.