GQ Magazine scraped the bottom of the barrel to choose its 2017 Citizen of the Year.
In a decision announced on Monday the magazine selected former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who, by starting the trend of kneeling for the National Anthem, is largely responsible for the decline in the league’s attendance and ratings.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2017
The other three named in the magazine as the four “new American heroes” are Israeli-born “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot, the NBA’s Kevin Durant and late night host Stephen Colbert.
“He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL—all because he took a knee to protest police brutality,” it wrote. “But Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson—athletes who risked everything to make a difference.”
GQ called Kaepernick “a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance,” and solicited quotes from Sharia law sympathizer Linda Sarsour, who called the former football star “an American hero” and singer Harry Belafonte who used the platform to say that President “Trump has betrayed our nation.”
The good people @GQMagazine just named Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year. On the cover now.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 13, 2017
And while the story discusses Kaepernick’s supposed fight for racial justice, but it managed to get in some shots at president.
“When we began discussing this GQ cover with Colin earlier this fall, he told us the reason he wanted to participate is that he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest, which has been hijacked by a president eager to make this moment about himself,” the magazine wrote.
But the majority of the story was about praising Kaepernick as a cultural hero.
Scholar Christopher Petrella blamed “white backlash” for the way Kaepernick has been perceived since he started the protest.
“My hope is that Colin’s protest will help mainstream white America to come alive to the deep injustices of our time and of our nation’s history,” he wrote.
His award was not cheered by those on Fox News, and social media, who thought there were many heroic soldiers and police officers more deserving.
Police Officer Norbert Ramon rescued 1,500 Texans from Hurricane Harvey, while battling stage 4 metastatic colon cancer.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) November 13, 2017
Really? Citizen of the Year? Come on, GQ. How about all of our men and women in uniform are citizens of the year than cry baby Kaep pic.twitter.com/ndWB5e18ck
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) November 13, 2017
JJ Watt raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey victims. 37 MILLION! But Kaepernick refused to stand for our national anthem (a year ago) and is Citizen of the Year. Right…
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) November 13, 2017
Apparently wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs is the prerequisite for becoming “Citizen of the Year.” What a high standard.
— Allie Stuckey (@conservmillen) November 13, 2017
No, @GQMagazine, actually here’s your “Citizen of the Year”:
— Michael Johns (@michaeljohns) November 13, 2017
Colin Kaepernick narrowly beats out Harvey Weinstein as GQ’s Citizen of the Year. pic.twitter.com/KZr6nMTyJJ
— Dailey (@The_Dailey) November 13, 2017
It was probably a close race.
Jonathan Smith saved 30 people before being shot in the neck during the Las Vegas massacre. He is a Citizen Of The Year. pic.twitter.com/4WzsmsvWOF
— ✝️saintnes✝️ (@sameolnes) November 13, 2017
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