If you think people should stand for the anthem, you should be excommunicated from "civil society," so sayeth the Church of the All Knowing Lib. This commandment is one that Drew Brees apparently missed during Satanic Bible Study, since he had the AUDACITY to make the following comments during an interview with Yahoo Finance:
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. And in many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”
RACIST ALERT!!! RACIST ALERT!!!
I mean, what does he mean by "showing unity?" HEY DREW, the "protestors" are showing unity by destroying cities across the country and doing it TOGETHER!
It is PRETTY clear that there is only ONE acceptable opinion on this issue. I know which one I am choosing because it coincides with that of NBA icon, genius, philosopher, and all around demi-god, LEBRON FUCKING JAMES :
See? Sorry Drew, your opinion is INVALID (insert facepalm emoji).
In effort to cleanse himself of his OUTLANDISH AND GROTESQUE comments regarding love and respect for his country, our military and each other, Brees shared this "apology" today on instagram:
Let's just say that Drew's "apology" did not go over well on Twitter where #DrewBreesIsCanceled has been trending all morning - including totally reasonable responses like these:
What are the lessons to be learned here? Primarily, it is anyone who says "we need to have a conversation about X issue" really means "you need to listen and do what I say or I will fucking destroy you." This type of response REALLY invites honest dialogue and totally DOESN'T have a chilling effect on the free exchange of ideas and the potential for any common ground.
Maybe another lesson to learn here is that no matter WHAT you do or have done in the past, the left will CANCEL you for any "wrong think." Drew Brees has been a New Orleans Saint for 12 years, he came to the team right after Hurricane Katrina decimated the city and helped rebuild it from the ruins left in Katrina's wake. In March, Brees donated FIVE MILLION dollars to help Louisianans harmed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Guess how much leeway that netted him once he offered a single "wrong think: opinion:
Look, I don't agree with kneeling for the anthem and generally agree with what Brees said. In my opinion, sports are one thing that bring people from ALL backgrounds together - all ages, all races, all genders (all two of them), all political affiliations. Standing TOGETHER for the anthem is one of the only times all of these groups stop what they're doing and do something to celebrate the country, the troops and each other. All that being said, if we're going to try and have a "conversation" about something, then we should be open to hearing things we don't like - including why someone feels kneeling is necessary or why they think its disrespectful.
If we want to actually do something about something to fix something, it has to start with some level of mutual respect for what other people think or say. Without that, we're just circle jerking inside our own bubbles (maybe we need to circle jerk together?) and all this angst we're experiencing right now will be forgotten or foment into resentment on both sides. It certainly doesn't help that social media where rejecting reasonable "wrong think" has become a competition to see who can cancel someone best and hardest.
Oh shit, am I going to have to apologize for this blog? #BartlebyIsCanceled
Fuck, I pre-emptively apologize for disagreeing with you - insane progressive cancel mob!