As I read twitter on my laptop since I had to delete legitimately every important app off my phone to update it, I came across this story of woke-ness gone wrong. Thanks, 4chan.
A fan at the Cubs game last night put up the "okay" sign when he was on camera, and now is being accused of being a racist for using a "white supremacy hand signal". When he in reality should be accused of not growing up for still playing the circle game. It's middle school humor imo. I feel like the Cubs only evidence of this being racially based is the fact that this guy broke the rules by doing it above his waist.
Someone with legitimately 7 followers tweeted this video out. Ladies and gentlemen, we have liftoff.
Chicago sports media and the Cubs have said they've investigated this and believe they can prove it was done in a hateful manner. How the fuck do you investigate this? Do they know who this guy is and did a background check? Are they really that harsh of sticklers for the below the waist rule? I don't get it.
I mean, he did it behind a black guy, so of course it's coming from a place of hate. Smh.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it racist to automatically assume this was done from a place of hate? A few ass holes can just totally re-brand the okay sign? If a black dude offers you food and asks you how it is as you're chewing it, and you don't wanna talk with food in your mouth, so you throw up the proverbial okay sign while shaking your arm in a "this shit is fucking bomb" sort of motion are you now David Duke??? Who the fuck sees the okay sign and automatically thinks KKK? When I saw this story I had to think what they even could be talking about?
This is exactly what is wrong with the social media age imo. People freaking out about stuff just trying to further divide this already divided nation to appease the vocal minority who complain. I don't fuck with it. Not everything is racist. God-forbid you make a joke, either. Maybe I just try to see the good in people? I feel like this story is really grasping at watermelon seeds. See now that is racist.
For like 9 years people have been actively looking for things to be potentially racist just to announce it to the world in a case of "being-the-first-person-to-tell-you-a-celebrity-died" syndrome gone wrong. I swear people get off on this shit. News flash: getting a pat on the back from strangers does nothing to fix any real issues. What does that accomplish? It's been far too long since I've been behind the keyboard and this is the story that got me back because of how utterly ridiculous it is in this age of "gotcha" social media. LOOK AT THIS RACIST! When I'm guessing there's a > 90% chance this was just some dude trying to be funny. If I'm wrong I'll totally own it, and honestly with the minimal chance this was done in a hateful manner I was apprehensive of doing this blog. But fuck it, I'm a gambler. Please don't make me look like an ass hole.
Not to go full Zapruder Film on you but, let's break this bad boy down.
0:02 seconds in: Cubs sweatshirt can be clearly seen looking into the dugout. There's a monitor by Doug Glanville where he sees he's in the shot.
0:04 seconds in: Cubs sweatshirt chucks up a rather half hearted deuce. Not to get too elementary in my thought process, but I feel like racists and peace signs are mutually exclusive.
Omg... Is... that a burning cross I see?
Nope, just "okay" gesture done on a clear descending angle to show this stupid game.
Examples of racist "okay"
Pretty easy to spot the difference.
If you went to middle school in America you're likely familiar with the circle game. Basically you make the okay symbol below your waist and if someone looks you hit them. It's like a "gotcha" thing. It's origins are a tadddd homophobic in nature tbh. So ironically there sort of is something to get outraged about if you dig a little deeper about what the game is all about. If done right it can be kind of funny, but it's not really in my bag.
Tbh I've always thought it was a kind of stupid game and I was above it but that's just because I'm a judgmental ass hole.
Now if this guy is indeed a racist and was going the okay symbol in some sort of white power gesture, then yeah fuck that guy and I'm sorry I wasted both of our time, but I'm fairly confident this is the latest case of outrage for no reason.