On Sunday, the developing tradition of players in the NFL protesting during the playing of the National Anthem, which started a few weeks ago with the San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, continued, filling the diapers of every single one of the worst people you know with a steaming pile of faux-patriotic outrage. Yesterday the stakes were a bit higher, what with it being the 15th anniversary of 9/11. If it’s disrespectful to the troops or whatever to sit during the song on any other day, doing it then is much worse, the thinking goes. I don’t really understand it, to be honest, but I can guarantee someone on your news feed is explaining why right now so maybe go ask them?
Players from various teams, including the Miami Dolphins, chose to kneel during the anthem yesterday, and others, like members of the New England Patriots, chose to raise their fists in a sort of black power salute.
A thousand takes have been written about this in the sports media from every harrumphing Sports Uncle in service of the respectability police, but it hasn’t crossed over too much into the world of modeling just yet until last night. Kate Upton waded into the takes soup with some thoughts of her own.
This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other. https://t.co/qFozwaH9Bu
— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) September 11, 2016
Have to be honest I really did not see this heel turn coming.
She posted to Instagram as well:
In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.
“Protest all you want and use social media all you want,” she said. “However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed.”
This is the exact argument that you always hear from people trying to appear openminded when it comes to protests like this. Protest all you want… just not at a time that I happen to find offensive. Protest all you want… just not when I’m watching.
The point, it should not need to be said, of protesting, is to make people uncomfortable. It’s to make people question their beliefs, and to look at issues, in this case the mistreatment of people of color by the police, from a perspective that you might not have considered. Using our country’s advertising jingle as an opportunity to do that, specifically on the anniversary of 9/11, is about as good a time as I can think of. What’s more American than that?