You're never going to believe this, but TMZ posted a click baity quote in hopes of firing people up (no pun intended).
There are studies on the horrors of social media, and unachievable perfectionism is one of the most significant issues; how IG influencers will make their life seem much better than it really is, like unobtainably better, to the point where it makes people depressed. It can really fuck with young, impressionable minds and all those buzzwords. I think that jumping down people's throats for a verbal misstep is just as problematic. We've all said stupid (or worse) shit that we regret. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!
Of course, a terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people is nowhere near the tragedy of Derrick Rose tearing his ACL in garbage time of a playoff game.
That was a joke. I think most people agree that 9/11 is the worst thing to happen since World War II, but there's no denying that it's become so much more than an attack on the United States over the years.
It's the Kennedy Assassination, Pearl Harbor, etc., of multiple generations' lives and a textbook example of an event where people can recall exactly where they were when it happened....and would you look at that? That's what Joakim Noah said about the MVP tearing his ACL and all but ending their championship hopes.
"When I found out Derrick tore his ACL, I remember the smells, who I was with, everything," Noah says. "I had the same feeling of when I saw the plane hit the tower [on Sept. 11, 2001]. People will be like, 'He's crazy for saying that.' No. I'm telling you how I felt."
And honestly even that isn't the direct quote. Here's a clip of the interview.
Okay, so he said he felt like how he did when he saw the tower get hit, probably not the smartest thing to say even 20 years later. I'll give you that, but I don't think this is that crazy of a take. Both were devastating and completely unnecessary. Thibodeau should've taken his franchise player out during garbage time, and 9/11 was an all-time dick move by Al Qaeda. So fucked. I think we can all agree there was no need for that.
Were there better analogies for this situation? Of course. I'm sure even Derrick Rose would be like, "bruhh, chill." But people have been making comparisons to 9/11 since like May of 2002. I know he wasn't exactly joking, but if we can't joke about this terrible, catastrophic tragedy, then the terrorists fucking win.
Joakim Noah has been saying crazy shit for years. He's what you like to call "a different dude."
I mean, the interviewer asked him about his memories about the injury, and Noah said it was one of those moments where you remember everything, the smells, who you were with, etc. For anybody like 26 and above, you likely remember exactly where you were when you found out too (I had just gotten off the school bus and my mom said that something horrible happened today and I asked if the President got killed). Plus, it's subjective; he's talking about how he felt in that situation. You can't really debate how someone feels about something. You can disagree, but at the end of the day, he didn't commit a crime and this comment doesn't fucking matter or change the world in the slightest. Is it a little out of touch? Sure. But there is a valid point of reference in this comparison.
Believe it or not, it is possible to have multiple emotions about a topic. I cried my eyes out listening to final phone calls like two weeks ago, but I can laugh my ass off at a good ole fucked up joke too. Like I said a couple of paragraphs ago, if you can't joke about tragedies while also being disgusted by the act, you're letting the terrorists win, and these people definitely aren't letting those scumbags win.
At least he didn't compare it to his best friend moving. What kind of douche would do that?