Actor Jim Carrey’s latest piece of artwork depicts a harsh criticism directed toward the National Football League in the wake of new rules being instituted against silent protests on the field.
The NFL crafted new rules last week that would effectively require players who want to participate in protests during the national anthem to stay in the locker room, rather than express their thoughts on the field through kneeling during the song. Players who refuse to honor the rules could be fined for expressing their First Amendment rights.
Players, including former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, began kneeling during the anthem in 2016 to highlight racial disparities in America, particularly police treatment of people of color.
Carrey’s artwork speaks to the new rules being implemented — and pays particular attention to the fact that the NFL largely acquiesced to the rantings of President Donald Trump in instituting them.
NFL -- who exploits players for 3yrs then abandons them to a lifetime of pain -- sided with a draft-dodging racist who uses fake patriotism to squash peaceful protest. Corporations shld rethink sponsoring moral cowardice before we start asking: whose side is Nationwide really on? pic.twitter.com/ytVSiE4wfX— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) May 29, 2018
Carrey explained his artwork along with his tweet.
“[The] NFL — who exploits players for 3yrs then abandons them to a lifetime of pain — sided with a draft-dodging racist who uses fake patriotism to squash peaceful protest,” Carrey wrote.
He also paid mind to the fact that the decision was likely a corporate one, based on advertising revenue rather than actual patriotism. Carrey warned these companies to rethink their position on the issue.
“Corporations shld [sic] rethink sponsoring moral cowardice before we start asking: whose side is Nationwide really on?” the actor wrote.
Carrey’s artwork in the past has taken aim at politicians like Trump and others, but his piece on the NFL highlights how many people have placated the president’s racist demands made on Twitter or elsewhere.
The league ought to ignore the racism that Trump spouts and focus on engaging in an actual conversation on the topic of race relations in America. The NFL should also recognize that its new policies, as Carrey suggests, may end up hurting its brand rather than helping — but then again, more attention ought to be put toward doing what’s right rather than what makes them money.
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