After realizing that I spend hours a day on Twitter reading mind-numbing nonsense, I decided to take a break from the social media site to clear my mind a bit.
I haven’t quit cold turkey, however. I set a 15 minute per day screen time limit for the Twitter app so that if I feel the urge to scroll my timeline, it will kick me out if I spend total of 15 minutes per day on the app.
You may or may not be surprised, but I still found plenty of stupid things in my 15 minutes yesterday. Here they are:
Woj Dropped an F-Bomb
ESPN NBA inside Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a bomb the other day. It wasn’t his patented #WojBomb however, it was n F-Bomb.
Woj sent an e-mail to Missouri Senator, Josh Hawley, that simply said “Fuck you”.
This was apparently in response for Hawley calling out commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA for their relationship with China and the content that players will be wearing on their jerseys.
Why I think it’s dumb:
A. Who cares that Woj sent this e-mail?
B. Why is Adrian Wojnarowski e-mailing a senator like this? What did he expect?
C. Why do we care the opinion of someone “notable” with a “platform” like Woj? The guy breaks news in the National Basketball Association. Hawley leaked the e-mail for clout, just the same as Woj sent it for clout.
Giving people “in the media” or “in sports” a platform to discuss serious issues doesn’t make sense.
That was dumb, but not as dumb as giving athletes a platform to discuss serious issues in our world.
DeSean Jackson’s Fake Hitler Quote and the Strange Support He Received
A few days ago, DeSean “alligator arms” Jackson posted a quote on Instagram that began with “Hitler Said” (it wasn’t a real quote from Hitler, but still not a guy you want to quote either way) which was the first dumb thing.
But it gets dumber.
Former NBA player, Stephen Jackson, said that DeSean’s post was “speaking the truth”.
With all the talk of reform and social consciousness in this country, for the better, why would you think that sharing a post and saying it was the truth would be a good thing to do?
Do they know who this guy was? Adolf Hitler? Responsible for the killing of over 6 million people based on their race and religion. The reason the entire world was at war in the 1940’s. A guy who wanted to eliminate all races but his own.
That’s the guy you quote? That’s the guy you defend?
But it get’s dumber.
Malcolm Jenkins made a video too. Here’s what he said:
“We gotta stay focused,” Jenkins said. “All of this back and forth that’s going on right now is a distraction. Comments were made, and they were wrong. Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances.”
“But we’ve got to stay focused. Because Breonna Taylor’s killers are still not arrested. We’re still fighting for justice. We’ve got a lot of work to do. And this ain’t it. Stay focused.”
“We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters. Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem,”
What does this even mean? Jewish people aren’t our problem?
Yes, we want justice for Breonna Taylor, but to say it isn’t your problem when, again, over 6 million people died in the Holocaust? Jenkins was one of the first people to criticize Drew Brees for his comments earlier this year, but then dismisses a quote attributed to Hitler.
Dumb thing to say.
It makes you wonder why we give guys to play a sport for a living some kind of platform to change the world.
Well, obviously for ratings. I answered my own question. Eventually someone will say something dumb and we have another thing to talk about.
Yes, all this in less than 15 minutes. Could you imagine if I spent a hour on Twitter?