Thursday, April 10, 2014
Brandon Spikes: Playing with the Patriots was "4 years of slavery"
"(it was like) 4 years of slave"
Call it a lay-up or free throw, but dissing the above Brandon Spikes' ignorance is a gimme.
And I say this as an Eagle fan that loathes Bill "the Borg" Belichik and the New England Cheaters (D-Nabb and I want our 2004 Super Bowl ring).
But real talk, at a time in which the Great Recession is only beginning to thaw, to use the slavery metaphor is very tone deaf. Granted, Brandon's comment was most likely tongue-in-cheek, but with a base salary of $650,000 you can safely say not too many slave overs were raking in that kind of dough -- let alone slaves.
Plus as a regular Joe (or Ben) not making that type of long green, I have to ask ole boy: Are you mocking me?
Once again, we have a member of the rich & famous club crying the blues and using either the Holocaust, slavery or civil rights movement as a frame of reference for any large or very, very small inconvenience suffered.
Check it, when AIG CEO Robert Benmosche compared bonus criticism to Lynch Mobs he earned a trip to the HGP woodshed (to get that azz spanked). Who can forget his insensitivity when he stated:
The uproar over bonuses "was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitch forks and their hangman nooses, and all that – sort of like what we did in the Deep South [decades ago]. And I think it was just as bad and just as wrong. source
As I retorted:
After being rescued by $182 billion in taxpayer money, this man has the stones of not only giving himself and his cohorts as much as a 24% raise (his salary was increased to 13 million dollars); but, now this lout complains about the Wall Street bonus backlash by comparing it to being lynched in Jim Crow Dixie of lore.
No one is suggesting that either gentlemen didn't have a legitimate beef or grievance, but when you are wealthy, privileged, famous and loaded with lifestyle options, using imagery of people in dire straits or extreme distress definitely is out-of-bounds.
One last question: Spikes, have you've even seen the Oscar winning movie "12 Years a Slave"?
As my Blog brother Field Negro might say:
Brandon Spikes, you sir, earned the House Negro of the Day honor.