Rather than drag the fine discussion about whose team sucks more into a P&R Thread, I thought I’d just start this one. Even though it’s kinda covered on some threads.
When Kaepernick started his protest last year while I disagreed with the medium, I supported his right to do it. One of my FB friends posted about it, I posted something like this: I support his right to do this. While the First Amendment gives people the privilege to say whatever they want (within already established-legal boundaries), it does not shield him from consequences for doing it. If this means he loses his job, well, that’s on him. He made the choice.
A few more players did it this year, and I was still “whatevs.” Most of the time the TV doesn’t even show the Anthem most of the time anyway.
Then Trump opened his mouth. For me, the president saying that did make it a First Amendment issue because he is a government official. I also had the same problem with how Mayor Walsh in Boston stopped the “Free Speech” rally by saying “We don’t want to hear their message.”
Then the world blew up. My Facebook feed erupted with some version of “Fucking athletes should leave politics out of my Goddamn Blood Sport.” Of course, “leave politics out of it,” means, “I don’t want to hear your view, which goes against my view, because I did reshare the athlete who said 'they shouldn’t protest.” That said, I can’t get too pissed off at someone protesting the athletes protesting because that’s even a little to hypercritical and meta for me.
So, this week I’ve seen a few FB friends post “boycott the NFL Sunday.” If they actually post Sunday, “I’m not watching this game,” and actually don’t watch the game, then I’ll be proud of them. But on Sunday they will tune in for two reasons: to see if the protests continue; and because they want to watch the fucking game.
This, however, is one of the things that makes me think my days of using Facebook may be coming to a middle. As much as I hate to quote Trump on this, it’s on both sides for me. I’ve come close to deleting the app. The only reason I don’t is because it is the primary means of getting and sharing info from a gaming convention I run games on. I am going to go in and disable notifications from everyone but my GF and the one convention group.
On the other hand, it is a good way to start proving fallacies in logical arguments.