Podcaster Joe Rogan took former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to task after the one-time signal-caller and founder of the national anthem kneeling movement claimed that playing in the league is akin to the former slave trade.
Kaepernick made the comparison in his six-part Netflix series, “Colin in Black & White.”
The Blaze reports:
The Netflix TV show compared NFL players at a combine to a slave auction with a cotton field background. The “Colin in Black & White” series attempted to make a comparison between NFL owners and plantation slave owners from the late eighteenth century.
In a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the UFC commentator asked fellow comedian and podcaster Theo Von, “Did you see that Netflix special where Colin Kaepernick is comparing the NFL to slavery?”
Von mocked Kaepernick right away by calling him “Throwsa Parks,” a joke about the former quarterback trying to become a civil rights activist.
“It is the dumbest comparison,” Rogan offered.
“That is the lamest — I did try to watch it. It makes me sad. It makes me sad because it feels like the lowest — it’s like the lowest pandering for racism that you could create. It’s almost infantile, the pandering of it. And I think it takes away from, like, real racist s**t,” Von replied.
Rogan then expounded on his take.
“Imagine comparing the ability to do it or not do it, you sign up for it, everybody — like, so many people who play football want to be in the NFL. It’s a goal. It’s a dream. You can make millions of dollars,” he said.
“And imagine comparing that to slavery simply because they measure people’s physical performance.”
“That’s what he’s doing; he was measuring like wingspans and the combine scores, like for weightlifting and speed and all that stuff,” Rogan remarked regarding the slavery scene in the series.
“That’s to see how physically adept you are, how good you’re gonna be at football, so they’ll give you tons of money,” he added.
“The idea that this is comparable to slavery, whoever f***ing wrote that down and then he — the fact that he read it and said it, and then they had that video where they’re comparing the NFL owners to the slave masters and they’re shaking hands with each other,” Rogan said, before noting emphatically: “What the f*** are you talking about?”
Note: Explicit language
Joe Rogan slams Colin Kaepernick for his absurd comparison of the NFL Combine to literal slavery. pic.twitter.com/VsS4EeeNa3
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