In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Barack Obama took to the airwaves a little after 8:30 p.m. Sunday night.
The intent was to bring words of comfort to a grieving community and to the nation, but the timing of his speech, broadcast across the major networks and cable outlets, enraged a certain demographic – mainly idiot-racist sports fans.
Yes, when the president took to the airwaves, the Sunday night football game between the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers was pre-empted, leading some watching the game to take to social media.
What came out was not pretty.
President Obama was called all manner of racist names by some missing their beloved 49ers or Patriots. This despite the fact that NBC mentioned no less than two times before the game and then again before they cut away to the president that the game would continue to be broadcast on CNBC and NBC Sports Network.
Heck, I was more disappointed that NBC cut the Faith Hill intro.
After going to the Twitter home pages of some of those posters, I’m not surprised they couldn’t find CNBC, but I figured they could at least find NBC’s sports channel on cable.
I shouldn’t just pick on sports fans.
There was also a posting blasting the president for pre-empting Bob’s Burgers.
Social media does a lot of good things. It does not come without repercussions, however.
Reports indicate that a University of North Alabama football player’s racist tweet got him kicked off the team. His Twitter account, along with a handful of others whose tweets have been prominently publicized, has been deleted.
And to be fair, these people represent just a small minority of sports fans, but they make us all look bad.
To quote the noted scholar Dean Wormer of Faber University, “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”
Merry Christmas, everyone.