PONTYPOOL, WALES – The nonsense surrounding voicing any disdain with the ideology that is “Black Lives Matter” has reached new levels of absurdity (if that was at all possible). Now, those who dare to speak ill of said organization can find themselves banned from attending…rugby games.
Welsh rugby club publicly ban fan for life after he criticises Black Lives Matter protests on Twitter https://t.co/3gZXwlbtO1
— WalesOnline Rugby (@WalesRugby) July 1, 2020
In the latest episode of weekly outrage over dissidence, an individual on Twitter dared to post a picture of a woman standing up for the national anthem while others knelt (since that’s the hip & flip thing to do these days) and captioned the picture with the following:
“More moral fibre than the rest of her teammates combined and more balls than the entirety of the [English Premier League] player pool in the face of Marxist extremism and intimidation…?”
— GJPowell (@TheVietGwent) June 30, 2020
Apparently, this individual’s praising of the woman standing for the national anthem and insinuating that English footballers are absent of a gratuitously large set of proverbial testicles upset the likes of Ben Jeffreys, the CEO of Pontypool Rugby Football Club in Wales.
In response to said Twitter post, Jeffreys’ relayed the following:
“Find another club to support. You’re no longer welcome at [Pontypool Rugby Football Club] and Pontypool Park. I’ll personally ensure we never sell you a ticket ever again. When I said I would make positive change moving forward, I meant it. Good riddance. You won’t be missed.”
Find another club to support. You’re no longer welcome at @PontypoolRFC and Pontypool Park.
I’ll personally ensure we never sell you a ticket ever again.
When I said I would make positive change moving forward, I meant it.
Good riddance. You won’t be missed.
— Ben Jeffreys (@BenJeffreys) July 1, 2020
It turns out that the “woke” gesture by Jeffreys’ hasn’t resonated will this those across the pond. James Wells, a former Brexit Party MEP, wrote the following on Twitter in response to Jeffreys’ tweet announcing that the offending tweet shall see a fan banned from games:
“[Ben Jeffreys] has banned this guy from attending [Pontypool Rugby Football Club] and Pontypool Park for LIFE because of the tweet below! What a woke ass Ben is – #BLM is a Marxist political movement – even the [Premier League] is distancing itself now! Ben – don’t be a dick!”
Another Twitter user mirrored the sentiments of Wells’, following with:
“A complete bigot who bans people because they have a different viewpoint. I find it odd that one person within a ‘club’ can make a decision to ban someone too. Will not be visiting that club anytime soon.”
A complete bigot who bans people because they have a different viewpoint. I find it odd that one person within a 'club' can make a decision to ban someone too. Will not be visiting that club anytime soon
— Dan Howells 🏴🇬🇧 (@thedanhowells) July 1, 2020
In an article published by The Freedom Association, Andrew Allison wrote the following about Jeffreys’ actions taken against the rugby fan:
“I imagine that many supporters of the club will think that Ben Jeffreys wouldn’t be missed if the club decided to fire him. Mr. Powell didn’t say anything remotely racist in his tweet. He expressed the views of many of us. I am not going to genuflect for anyone.”
“Mr. Powell didn't say anything remotely racist in his tweet. He expressed the views of many of us. I am not going to genuflect for anyone. I am not about to take on the sins of people who died 200 or more years ago, therefore I am not going to apologise”https://t.co/rSbj03xcCt
— Leavers of Croydon (@VoteLeaveCroy) July 5, 2020
Later on, in the article, Allison notes that if those among the silent majority don’t begin speaking up, then the drivel will continue to perpetuate:
“I have said it before, and I am going to say it again, the silent majority must find its voice to put an end to this nonsense. Freedom of speech, the bedrock of a free society, is under threat in ways which I have never seen in my lifetime.”
The strange intertwining of sports and Black Lives Matter has been the subject of criticism stateside as well.
A congressional GOP candidate and former NFL player is putting the NFL on blast for a stunt that he feels could be foreshadowing at attempts to re-instill “segregation” within America.
This congressional candidate, who happens to be black, is of course making reference to the NFL proclaiming how they intend to play the “black national anthem” before games in the upcoming season – to which this Republican says:
“There is no ‘black national anthem.”
There is no "black national anthem". Why does it feel like the country is trying to segregate again sometimes?
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) July 3, 2020
Burgess Owens is not particularly thrilled with the NFL, noting that by playing the song “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” prior to the season opening games, that they’ll be paying homage to the “black national anthem.”
The history of the hymn that is “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” isn’t something new, but whether it’s a bonafide national anthem is quite debatable. The coining of the song being dubbed as such goes back to the year 1919, after the hymn was written 19 years earlier.
Back in 1919, the NAACP had simply referred to it as the black national anthem – but the concept of there being a black national anthem to Owens is one that presents troubling aspects.
Owens took to Twitter and posed the following:
“There is no ‘black national anthem.’ Why does it feel like the country is trying to segregate again sometimes?”
— DUANE ALLEN (@DUANEALLEN) July 4, 2020
It’s a fair speculation. If there exists a “black national anthem,” does that mean there is one that is specific to white people? Hispanics? Or does a country simply have one national anthem for all its inhabitants?
This congressional candidate has been not-so-thrilled with the NFL in general, especially for what he perceives to be their adoration of Colin Kaepernick:
“If Goodell allows Kaepernick to come back, if they allow players to kneel during the national anthem, I’m willing to not watch the game.”
He noted that the idea of people generally accepting the idea that the American flag is something to be ashamed of is disheartening:
“We have too many Americans now accepting the notion that the flag should be a place where people should be ashamed of or take a knee, that’s what it comes down to. I am disappointed that so many people are acquiescing today.”
With Owens mentioning how far too many people are simply complying with the narrative that America is a bad place, they’re creating a culture that one can be intimidated into accepting narratives that are heavily divorced from reality:
“They need to understand that we can’t be bullied and that we’re not an evil country. There is no other country in the world with the mixing of races and tolerance. We have to change the current narrative.”
WE DID IT! Thank you for all your support over the last few months. Now, onto November! pic.twitter.com/2zRwJ5rZyK
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) July 1, 2020
One could say that Owens is not quick to jump on the woke-bandwagon. While he has managed to win during the primaries, the Republican candidate will still have to face down against Democrat Ben McAdams during November’s general election.
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