Awards shows are notorious as a platform for making political statements. TV, movie, music, and sports stars have used the fact that there are millions of people watching to advance whatever movement they are following. Richard Gere, as an example, used the Academy Awards in 1993 to denounce China’s occupation of Tibet. The result: Gere is banned from being a presenter at the Academy Awards, and China is still controlling Tibet.
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the Black Lives Matter movement. Police have been labeled as racist murderers while a black man kills 5 white police officers because he wanted to kill white people, especially white police.
Lebron James took the opportunity at the ESPYs to ask the audience, “What are you doing?” You see, James didn’t say the cops were racist killers, he didn’t say that the Black Lives Matter movement was promoting violence against white people. He simply asked the room full of millionaire sports figures what it was that they were doing to give back to the communities that they came from. He wanted to know how they were contributing to a solution.
Right Wing News reports:
Award shows and obnoxious political statements sometimes go hand in hand. Last night at the ESPYs was a pleasant surprise. The show opened with a discussion of the recent shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Minnesota. But then Lebron James asked a simple question of the celebrities in the audience: “What are you doing?”
Lebron is encouraging his fellow sports stars, who roll in fat stacks of cash like it’s a detoxification bath, to stop with the virtue signaling, take a golden plane ride home, and invest in the areas from which they came to foster healthy relationships with the people in that community. Lebron didn’t say (he didn’t need to say), that people everywhere need better attitudes.