No one would accuse Eminem of being a paragon of virtue, but if the shoe fits…wear it. The rapper co-signed Colin Kapernick’s protest in his 2017 BET Cipher and threw more shots at Donald Trump than Little Rocket Man in his wildest dreams:
Eminem assessment of the current state of affairs in America is decidedly more insightful than you would expect from a guy involved in a protracted public spat with Al Gore’s wife.
“Now if you’re a black athlete, you’re a spoiled little brat for trying to use your platform or your stature to try to give those a voice who don’t have one…F**k that, this is for Colin, ball up a fist.”
Eminem on the protests in the NFL
The rapper’s co-sign didn’t go unnoticed by Mr. Protest himself, who reached out via Twitter to thank Eminem for his support.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) October 11, 2017
Kaepernick might not be on an NFL team, but he’s very much a part of the larger conversation going on in the United States about inequality. At this point, approaching Week 6 of the NFL season, it looks like Kaepernick has been effectively boycotted from the league. Talent level doesn’t even factor into the situation.
No owner is going to bring Kaepernick into the equation; the media frenzy surrounding him would make football-related matters impossible to attend to. When coaches give their league-mandated press conferences, they want to talk about football stuff. Anything not football related, be it Cam Newton’s awful poker face or anthem-related protests, is a no-go, and any coach with Kaepernick on the roster is going to spend a lot of time talking about non-football stuff.
Eminem’s endorsement of Kaepernick’s agenda is big. He’s an icon. Not just in America, but globally. And for the most part, Eminem stays out of the news and enjoys being rich. So when he talks, people listen. People value scarcity.
Not to say that the level of celebrity worship in America isn’t problematic. Dave Chappelle’s 10-year-old bit about Ja Rule has never been more relevant:
In a time when the NFL’s most famous player is able-bodied but not on a team, why wouldn’t we seek out Eminem for instructions on how to navigate the treacherous waters America is currently adrift in.