America is relying pretty heavily on Joe Rogan to check people on bogus racism claims, these days.
The new Netflix docuseries, Colin in Black and White, has a segment where former San Francisco 49’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL to slavery.
“Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod, and examine you… No boundary respected. No dignity left intact,” Kaepernick says, while they intercut slavery reenactments with team coaches and staff examining prospects.
Joe Rogan and his guest, comedian Theo Von, spoke about the controversial clip on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
“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***,” Von said.
“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. And imagine comparing that to slavery simply because they measure people’s physical performance,” Rogan added.
“That’s what he’s doing; he was measuring like wing spans and the combine scores, like for weightlifting and speed and all that stuff,” Rogan said. “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. 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.”
“What the f*** are you talking about?”
“It’s insulting to the players, too,” Rogan added. “Can you imagine, you’re comparing the players to slaves, the players that want to be there; it’s a life goal. It’s a dream. They’re actually NFL stars. They’re actual superstars in the NFL. And someone is comparing you to a slave. You’re making millions and someone’s comparing you to a slave.”