Nike thought the knew exactly what they were doing with putting the controversial face of divisiveness and hate at the center of their new ad campaign. Colin Kaepernick and the sports brand sure got a lot of attention for this bold, which wasn’t well received by patriotic people in this country.
While boycotts and bans of the brand still continue on into this week, another big product name has blown them out of the water and put them to total shame. Shaving blade maker, Gillette, has just debuted their new ad which features a certain, still employed, football player with an incredible message.
This is positive public relations work and a commercial that conservatives can and will get behind. Americans want companies who show respect for our nation, appreciation for people, and doesn’t get political with an aim do divide. Gillette just did that in an incredible way that everyone must see.
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While Nike was drawing massive attention for its Kaepernick ad, another major company released an ad talking about the adversity another NFL player really has overcome, and sends a much more positive message than disrespecting law enforcement.
Gillette, which makes shaving blades, released an ad touting the amazing story of one-handed Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin. The ad shows a one-handed Griffin — who got a mention in the Kaepernick ad that lasted barely three seconds — growing up and trying to keep pace with his older brother Shaquill (who also plays for the Seahawks.)
“Your best never comes easy,” the ad reads. The ad shows Shaquem never making an excuses or whining about the disadvantage of playing without a hand. Gillette also released a follow-up video showcasing the family affair that Shaquem’s career turned out to be.
Now, Griffin may not have had to sacrifice anything per se, but the ad is a heck of a lot more uplifting and powerful than Nike’s with Kaepernick.
Good for Gillette. This ad deserved to get much more coverage than it did.
It isn’t focusing on nonsensical culture wars. It isn’t giving tacit approval to disparaging police officers or the country. It focuses on family, incredible work ethic and never making excuses.
And we all could use more of that.
Nike made all sorts of headlines in recent weeks when it chose to use the controversial Colin Kaepernick as the face of its 30th anniversary ads.
Kaepernick critics were not thrilled for a multitude of reasons. After all, Kaepernick was the man who sparked the NFL’s current tumult of national anthem protests, an act that many Americans find disrespectful to the men and women who protect and serve this country.
There’s also the little fact that Kaepernick has previously worn socks that depicted police officers as pigs. He also wore a shirt glorifying former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Not exactly an uplifting message.
Then Nike gives America an ad that looks like this:
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” the ad reads.
A television ad also debuted during the NFL’s opening weekend.
“So don’t ask if your dreams are crazy, ask if your dreams are crazy enough,” Kaepernick says in the television ad.
Unsurprisingly, the ad campaign was hotly divisive. Kaepernick fans were obviously thrilled that he was being thrust back into the national limelight.
But perhaps most importantly of all, Kaepernick supporters, and even some neutral observers, have been forced to answer the question of what exactly Kaepernick has sacrificed.
His NFL career? People seem quick to forget that Kaepernick willingly opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract after the 2016 NFL season — when he’d lost his starting QB job anyway. He was also offered at least one contract, by the Denver Broncos, which he also declined, according to USA Today. It’s not exactly a sacrifice if Kaepernick is willingly staying away from the NFL.
His money? Nope. Nike’s new deal with Kaepernick is reportedly worth millions. That’s not bad for an athlete who hasn’t actually played meaningful competitive football is over a year.
Fame? Again, say what you will about Kaepernick, but he’s undoubtedly a much more visible and public figure since beginning his social activism campaign. He’s also not exactly fading into the sunset.
So again, what exactly is Kaepernick sacrificing other than some time to shoot those Nike ads? The clear answer seems to be “not much.”
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LGBTQ Activists LIVID That Trump Served Chick-Fil-A To College Football Champs
There’s nothing that ticks off the left like Chick-fil-A. And President Trump is a master troller who used that to full advantage this last week. Universities may be fine with banning Chick-fil-A but at the White House, they are at the top of the menu. And that is triggering some LGBTQ activists.
Trump served another feast of fast food to college football champions last week. This time it wasn’t McDonald’s and Wendy’s… it was the feared Chick-fil-A that sparked outrage and anger.
— NDSU Football (@NDSUfootball) March 4, 2019
“For the second time this year, Donald Trump has invited an athletic team to the White House and boasted about serving them fast food,” wrote Tracy Gilchrist at The Advocate. “But this time, chicken sandwiches from the virulently anti-LGBTQ company Chick-fil-A were arranged on silver platters for champions on the North Dakota State Bison football team Monday.”
The horror of it all! The sky is falling!!
President Trump said the athletes requested Chick-fil-A so that is what they got. “We could’ve had chefs, we could have, but we had fast food — because I know you people,” Trump told the athletes. “Chick-fil-A, they say? Chick-fil-A.”
From The Daily Wire:
“Bill Browning of LGBTQ Nation denounced Chick-fil-A’s presence at the White House with the same fervor as Gilchrist.
“For the second time in his presidency, Donald Trump has served fast food to an athletic team to ‘celebrate’ their victory,” wrote Browning. “This time, the President who has attacked the LGBTQ community the most served up Chick-fil-A, a company known for opposing LGBTQ rights.”
“The left-wing hatred for Chick-fil-A began in 2012 when company president and COO Dan Cathy expressed support for traditional marriage, prompting boycotts across the country from LGBTQ activists.
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'” Cathy said at the time. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said on the Biblical Recorder. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. … We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that. We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
“Just last year, two major publications wrote scathing articles begging people to boycott the business: The New Yorker and Huffington Post. “If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can’t Keep Eating Chick-fil-A,” wrote Noah Michelson of HuffPo. When Chick-fil-A wanted to set up shop in New York City, Dan Piepenring of The New Yorker called it a “creepy infiltration” of the city.
“Later in 2018, the Pittsburgh city council signed a letter asking Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to drop the Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon one-mile run for children and their families at the Pittsburgh Marathon. Fortunately, the organizers did not cave.
“We have and will continue to be accepting of any individual or family who wants to participate in our events,” the organizers said in a statement. “This partnership with Chick-fil-A will help us ensure even more children in southwestern Pennsylvania can learn and share in our love of running.”
“Most recently, a Dean at Rider University resigned from his post when the school banned the chicken restaurant on campus.”
This is beyond dumb. Because Christians own a chicken restaurant the left just can’t take it. But they embrace those of the Muslim faith. Memo to the left… they stone gays to death or worse. The owner’s religion should make no difference when you decide to eat somewhere and if it does… that’s your thing, not mine.
Darn it… now I’ve got to go eat me some yummy Chick-fil-A. I guess I’ll just suffer through it and make mine a double.
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British Olympian Says Transgenders Should Be Barred From Competing Against Biological Women
Sharron Davies, 56, is a British Olympian. She has said that transgenders should be barred from competing against biological women and for that, accusations of hate have been thrown at her. This woman won a silver medal in swimming at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. She’s also a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist. But that doesn’t matter… now she’s being labeled as ‘transphobic’.
Davies isn’t shying away from the controversy. She took to Twitter to tell people how she really feels about all this and how transgender athletes make sports unfair for women. I could not agree more. It makes it pointless to compete as a woman when men who are transgendering are in the mix. They still have superior biology that gives them an unfair advantage against women.
“I have nothing against anyone who wishes 2be transgender,” Davies wrote on March 1st. “However, I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex u r born with & the gender u may identify as. To protect women’s sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women’s sport.”
After the massive blowback Davies received, she defended her stance by stating that she is not the only natural-born female athlete who feels that transgenders are essentially cheating natural women out of titles.
“It is not a transphobic thing – I really want to say we have no issue with people who are transgender,” Davies told the BBC on Saturday.
”Every single woman athlete I’ve spoken to, and I have spoken to many, all of my friends in international sports, understand and feels the same way as me,” Davies elaborated. “Unfortunately, a lot of people who are in the races [now] are in a very difficult predicament when they can’t speak out.”
I have nothing against anyone who wishes 2be transgender. However I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex u r born with & the gender u may identify as. To protect women’s sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women’s sport
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) March 1, 2019
Davies also pointed out that it is incumbent upon athletes past and present to speak up for women’s rights. ”
“It maybe falls to the people who were competing [in the past] who would understand the predicament that is being faced at the moment to try to create a debate, and try to explain how we feel there needs to be a fair and level playing field.”
Martina Navratilova is a legend in tennis. She’s also gay and a big defender of LGBTQ rights. She was attacked by transgender activists for her stance that transgender athletes were “cheating” by competing against natural-born women. Which they are.
“You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women,” Navratilova said last December. “There must be some standards and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”
18-time tennis Grand Slam tennis singles champion Navratilova also called transgender athletes competing against women “insane.” It’s hard to argue with her opinion on this. The whole subject is insane. Unfortunately, she felt it necessary to apologize for what she truly thinks here.
From The Daily Mail:
“She was called out by Canadian academic and cycling champion Dr Rachel McKinnon, who is the first transgender woman to win a female world cycling title.
“McKinnon, 35, still has her male anatomy, but has lived as a woman since she was 29.
“She accused Navratilova of transphobia and demanded an apology.
“Following an article on the subject that Navratilova wrote for The Times Athlete Ally, an LGBTQ athlete advocacy group, removed her from their advisory board, stating her comments ‘are transphobic [and] based on a false understanding of science and data.’
“Writing on her website, the 62-year-old admitted she ‘stumbled into a hornet’s nest’ when giving her opinion on the issue.
“‘I know that my use of the word ‘cheat’ caused particular offence among the transgender community. I’m sorry for that because I certainly was not suggesting that transgender athletes in general are cheats,’ she wrote.
“She said her comments related ‘to a notional case in which someone cynically changes gender’ to gain an advantage.
“The Czech-born former star said there is no ‘blanket rule’ that will appeal to everyone, adding: ‘After all, if everyone were included, women’s sports as we know them would cease to exist.'”
Which is exactly the point I have been making.
“The communists tried to shut me up 45 years ago and look how that worked out…” Navratilova wrote towards the end of her blog post. It was a possible reference to the fact that she was stripped of her Czechoslovakian citizenship in 1975 after defecting to the U.S. It’s the same ideology here except the communists are transgender. Navratilova didn’t back down then, she should not back down now and neither should Davies.
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