Sorry, I lost it a bit there for a moment…
Where was I?
Oh, right..the post.
1. Incompetent elected official of the moment, since there are so many revealing themselves lately I can’t keep up with them…it’s New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy! Asked by Fox News host Tucker Carlson if he realized the Bill of Rights prohibited his order prohibiting religious gatherings, the Democratic leader said,
“That’s above my pay grade, Tucker.I wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this.”
Then he blathered on about how he consulted “experts” and religious leaders.
2. I don’t understand this story at ALL. NASCAR star Kyle Larson was competing in an iRacing event on Sunday when he lost communication with his spotter on his headset.
Larson was participating in the Monza Madness iRacing exhibition race over the weekend. Video from another competitor’s twitch stream caught Larson blurting out “nigger” across the audio channel where drivers can talk to all competitors. When a driver speaks on that channel, their name appears on each driver’s screen. In the video, Larson said: “You can’t hear me? Hey nigger…” Another driver said: “Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud.” “Yep, we heard that,” said another. Yet another said, “Yikes.”
Larson issued an apology the next day, saying that there was “no excuse” for his comment, and he apologized in a video posted on his social media accounts.
Never mind. Larson was fired the day after his apology by Chip Ganassi Racing. Larson’s sponsors, McDonald’s, Credit One Bank and Fiserv, a financial services technology company, terminated their sponsorship deals, and Chevrolet terminated their relationships with him. It is estimated that the episode may cost the driver 8 figures in income, and that he may never race again.
This wasn’t even a real race. The NASCAR season was suspended after four races because of the pandemic, so NASCAR created an iRacing league of virtual racing for television. The platform allows drivers to join one another on a livestream where they trash talk, make jokes and discuss the race as fans listen through the gaming app Twitch.
The reaction to a single lapse—a word–is wildly excessive. Larson didn’t do anything, or harm a single individual. He is, by all accounts, a well-liked driver and a good guy. By what possible logic or sense of proportion is someone’s entire career and reputation destroyed by the inadvertent use of a slur–it doesn’t even seem to have been directed at anyone—that Dave Chappelle uses a hundred times a special on Netflix? This is insanity...rank injustice rising to cruelty.
The problem, of course, is that NASCAR is entirely driven by corporate sponsorships, and corporations are terrified of boycotts and grandstanding protests. So they are ready to ruin a man’s career because of single, one word outburst. Few crimes involve an 8 figure fine, and this wasn’t a crime.
I must also point out that I had to check six sources before I could find one that specified what Larson said, and even then it was in code–“N-word.” The other sources just said he uttered a racial slur, and we were supposed to guess which one.
3. The President was a busy bee the last few days, and setting off controversies left and right: