Word on the street is, today tens (?), hundreds (?), thousands (?) of Beyonce haters will get in formation to protest her controversial “pro-Black” Super Bowl halftime performance in which the Texas Bama paid homage to Civil Rights activists, the Black Panther Party and Malcolm X, denounced police brutality, and raised awareness about the murder of San Francisco’s Mario Woods.
While Beyonce detractors certainly have a right to raise bloody hell over her statement performance and are probably more fired up than ever after Kendrick Lamar’s majorly woke politically charged Grammy performance last night, I can’t condone this in any way, especially when there is a list of other, better, more deserving causes fans should be raising hell about. Like what?? Well, I’m glad you asked. Read on, for a list of 10 things worthy of real outrage.
Fans need to be up in arms about the NFL’s negligence towards its players. How, despite knowing the longterm mental, physical, and emotional debilitating effects of concussions, the NFL knowingly withheld crucial information that could’ve allowed players to make more informed decisions as it related to their health and career. Why aren’t folks outraged about the role the multi-billion dollar organization has played in torturing players and their families?
2. BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN
Only the NFL could make something as altruistic as supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month a total money grab. By now, it’s been well reported that less than 10% of the money raised via its breast cancer campaign, A Crucial Catch, actually goes toward benefiting breast cancer survivors, victims families or research. Instead, the majority of the funds raised, line the fat pockets of the NFL. How do they continue to get away with this without much public outcry…? *shrugs*
3. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
For real. I shouldn’t need to explain why Park Avenue should be shut down due to protestors going hard outside. But, in case you haven’t noticed, the NFL still has a domestic violence issue on its hands. The recent Johnny Manziel allegations should have fans, women’s groups, and any self-respecting human side-eying the heck out of the league for not formally addressing the damning claims made by Manziel’s ex-girlfriend. He ruptured her eardrum for goodness sake. Allegedly. Why aren’t people pissed about this, and the league’s lack of action to date?
In certain instances, I’m Team Rules Are Made To Be Broken. But when it comes to governing the game of football, I expect the guys (and gal) paid to be the keepers of the rules to get them right, dammit! Human error, especially as much as we’ve had to endure the past few seasons, is no excuse. The NFL officials are screwing with the “integrity of the game” as they continue to get the most basic calls wrong. You want to be mad? Be mad about that!
5. LACK OF DIVERSITY
I know these angry protestors couldn’t care less about the lack of diversity among coaches. In fact, they’d be all, “You have the Rooney Rule, what more do you want?” Well, it would be a real sign of progress if minority coaches were invited to interview for jobs solely based on their qualifications and not because they’re mandated to do so. Also, higher retention rates among the hired minority coaches wouldn’t be such a bad thing, either.
The league and teams want cheerleaders to live by a strict code of conduct — controlling their appearance, what they eat, and even how often they freshen themselves while menstruating in exchange for pennies, or, as it relates to the Buffalo Bills, $1800 per season. Do the math and Bills cheerleaders earn $225 per game. That excludes any practice time or unpaid appearances. And, in the case of the Oakland Raiders’ cheerleaders, they’ve gone on record as stating they’re paid well below minimum wage at under $5 per hour. This is dehumanizing and should not be tolerated under any circumstances. Props to the women clappingback in the form of class action suits, million dollar settlements, and improved work conditions.
7. ROGER GOODELL
Taking NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to task for allowing a “racist” like Beyonce perform at the Super Bowl is hardly any reason to boycott his office. But, lighting into him over gross incompetence, including an alleged coverup displayed during the Ray Rice incident, arbitrary disciplinary action taken against players, piss poor decision-making, straight up dishonesty, the refusal to quit forcing that horrible Pro Bowl upon us…the list goes on. To put it simply, pissed off fans should protest until #FireGoodell isn’t just a hashtag, and becomes reality.
8 and 9. RELOCATING TEAMS and CITY FUNDED STADIUMS
Uprooting teams and leaving loyal and supportive fanbases with nothing is the most heartless thing a league could do. And yet this is what the NFL has done to St. Louis Rams fans and possibly Oakland Raiders/San Diego Chargers fans too. As Deadspin stated,”the end result is bound to be one of those short-sighted stadium deals that puts two teams in Los Angeles with no real plan for cultivating local excitement. As little as these teams care about the fans they’re abandoning, they care even LESS about their potential new fans. The system is designed for Stan Kroenke, Dean Spanos, and/or Mark Davis to get their stadium funding and their licensing fees and their corporate boxes and PSL revenue, and everything else is either forgotten or minimized.” Yes, stadiums funded by we the people’s tax dollars. Meanwhile, the earning potential of rich billionaires skyrockets as they are off the hook for the majority of the stadium financing and simply reap the benefits of tapping into a new market for additional revenue streams.
10. NY JETS*
The New York Jets haven’t won a Super Bowl since SB III in 1968. NINETEEN SIXTY-EIGHT!!!!! It’s a damn shame that the league hasn’t figured out a way to rig the system for the love of the Jets. Want to protest something? Protest that. HATERS.