Aside from actual politicians, there have been few public figures more polarizing in the last couple of years than Colin Kaepernick.
We live in a time of celebrities accused of abuse and sexual assault and of total lunatics holding political office. But there are still millions of people riled up about Colin Kaepernick not standing for the National Anthem.
So when GQ made Colin Kaepernick their Man Of The Year for 2017, they knew that they were stirring the pot a little.
First of all, this is not even Colin Kaepernick’s first GQ cover.
But last time, he was considerably less controversial. He was mostly known for, what? Being hot?
Like, a third of football players are known for that. Because they’re athletes.
But Colin became controversial in the fall of 2016, when he knelt rather than stood for the US National Anthem.
Though the Anthem has been played at football games (and other sport events), the tradition of NFL players standing for the Anthem dates back to … 2009.
Colin Kaepernick made it clear at the time that he was protesting against the unjust killings, by police officers, of unarmed black people throughout the US. We’ve all heard story after story of this happening, with some of the victims being children.
Kaepernick also made it clear that the fact that the perpetrators of these killings then getting paid leave and so frequently (almost always) never seeing the inside of a jail cell despite having killed someone and abused their position was further cause for protest.
Colin Kaepernick also pledged $1 million to charities that help communities in need, putting his money where his mouth is in his effort to make the world a better place.
And he started a movement of other athletes — at the professional level, but also of young children — kneeling to protest against injustice. Other, white NFL players knelt in solidarity with their teammates and with the countless others who face systemic oppression.
But in the course of the 2016 election season and the controversy, sometimes that message got muddled. So Kapernick was happy to be featured by GQ in order to “reclaim the narrative of his protest.”
GQ writes about Colin Kaepernick:
“He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL — all because he took a knee to protest police brutality.”
“Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson …read more
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip