I want to be forgiven like black people seem to forgive black celebrities.
I’m serious. From OJ Simpson to R. Kelly, to Floyd Mayweather to Bill Cosby to countless others. If you are famous or talented, and the media or court system messes with you for whatever reason some of black America will forgive whatever you did to alienate yourself from the community and throw on that cape for you. Maybe it is because we just want to see our people succeed and flourish on that level no matter what. Maybe when “they” succeed it’s like “we” succeed. Maybe it’s because we can relate to them, even though once some of them make it they no longer relate to us.
Ironically we have friends and family who cross us over once and we won’t forgive them to save our lives but I digress. Back to my original point.
We forgive the rich and famous. The most recent example of that? Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
Cam has always had an interesting relationship with the media and black fans. When he was on his way to winning the Heisman trophy and the National Championship at Auburn the media wanted to bring up the laptop being stolen at Florida and his father potentially receiving illegal benefits from colleges. Was it wrong? Technically yes but blacks were not about to let the media just railroad our boy. He has a chance at greatness so we have to protect him at all costs.
A similar thing happened in the NFL. Cam continued to be a target of the media. From how he played the QB position, to his facial expressions when he lost, how he celebrated, what he did off the field to how he dressed and did interviews. There was always something negative that a media member had to say. Constantly.
It all came to a head in the 2015 season when he won the MVP of the NFL and led his team to the super bowl. Almost all of black America was cheering for Cam, despite them not being Panther fans. Of course, Cam and his team lost and once again the media had questions. I personally think that he should have attempted to recover the football when he fumbled in the 4th quarter and I wasn’t feeling his attitude in the post-game interview. Once again valid points in my opinion. Now a lot of you said that you hate losing too and it was ok that Cam pouted. I say that he is a professional and should have done better. Lol, let the person in drive-thru have an attitude and no matter what they may have going on in their personal life you will say, no excuse, they should do their job. So that same logic applies to Cam. At the same time, you feel compelled to take up for Cam because it’s obvious that the media has a vendetta against him. Lol and that’s what some black people did. Even going as far as accusing the super bowl of being rigged.
At the same time, you, Hell I felt compelled to take up for Cam because it’s obvious that the media has a vendetta against him. Lol and that’s what some people did, even going as far as accusing the super bowl of being rigged.
Then we have the 2016 season, or as I like to call it, the Kaep year. While former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick (yes former, no one is signing that brother) was taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality, along with other players here was Cam Newton, trying to play the middle. Which such gems as “we are all the same color under our skin”. Basically remaining neutral on the protest and not picking a side. Even when asked about fans being racist towards him he said that they weren’t. Despite his neutral stance and poor play last season, fans still had his back.
So here we are this week with the latest Cam Newton news. Last week when asked by a female beat writer about routes he laughed and said: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.”
Immediately Cam was labeled as a sexist, insensitive male and he lost his yogurt endorsement with Dannon. Here come the Cam fans with the capes out. I saw the hashtag #StandForCam and people asking what did Cam do wrong? What video clip were you watching? The question wasn’t negative so there was no need to be defensive, so I can’t give that excuse. Just take a look at what she asked.
“I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards. Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him kind of truck sticking people out there?”
See, a simple layup of a question for Cam.
I get it though, some of you have the argument that he was only joking, yes he was but all jokes aren’t good jokes and some can be insensitive. Hell, I have made jokes about the opposite sex that are funny as hell but insensitive and wrong. Hell, I have been the butt of jokes that were funny but they pissed me off. So just because someone may have laughed at the joke or it doesn’t offend you it doesn’t make it right. What was another argument, America cares more about sexism than racism? No shit. This is America and this is nothing new. Everything matters or is more important to the majority than racism. This still doesn’t take away from the fact that what Cam did is wrong. Hell, you should probably be a little frustrated with Cam. With the kneeling and some players reminding the media what the real purpose of the protests was, police brutality here goes Cam giving the media a “distraction” to focus their energy on instead. As if they needed the help, lol. Some of you have argued that the reporter had racist tweets. True, and Cam made sexist remarks, so they are both wrong. One doesn’t cancel out the other.
As I have watched Cam over the years I feel as if he is a decent guy and means well. I also think that he has not yet mastered the art of finding a good PR team, the ability to think about the ramifications of what he says before speaking, being PC, stop trying to play the middle or even better, the lost art of saying nothing. This is why he is constantly in situations like these.
I will give Cam credit. He took responsibility and accountability for his last “mistake”. Maybe you as fans should do the same in regards to Cam Newton. I am not saying no longer be a fan or support him but, this is probably an ill-timed saying all things considered but “call a spade a spade”. Better yet, let’s just say Cam is who he is and stop making excuses for him and attempting to justify whatever he says or does and blaming everyone else.
So I see the hashtags and I hear your logic and I must say that I can’t co-sign. What I will say is that I hope Cam learns from this and will do better or at least make smarter decisions. Outside of that, I have no issue with the young man. He is a good football player, he helps out people in the black community and he doesn’t get into trouble off of the field.
Oh yeah, I saw the touchdown celebration in which Cam raised his fist for black power. Lol. Here is another suggestion. (No I do not think that he was dropped from that Dannon sponsorship because of that fist but I digress) Pick a side Cam. Not everyone is going to like you and that is ok. No matter what you say or do certain people will not like or support you. So it is probably best that he figures out what side he wants to be on and stick to it.