The media and the left will literally do anything to run protection for NFL anthem kneelers.
That, unfortunately, includes some sick people literally threatening people for merely choosing to mock the kneelers.
“If you’re going to take a knee this season, please have a ring in your hand,” the billboard from Garieri Jewelers reads.
It shows a man proposing to a woman on a football field, just in case you didn’t get the reference.
Here’s the “controversial” billboard:
I love this billboard. LOVE this billboard. Is this billboard racist? https://t.co/oK7kwFfEhM
— VBTheWise (@VBTheWise) September 6, 2018
“Scott A. Garieri, who owns Garieri Jewelers on Main Street, put up the billboard message Saturday on Route 20 at Richardson’s Corner Road in Charlton,” the Telegram reported Wednesday.
“Mr. Garieri and his daughter, Alexandria L. O’Brien, 31, of Charlton, who manages the store, said since Tuesday they have received hundreds of negative comments on Facebook, including some that told Ms. O’Brien to kill herself.”
The controversy began, Garieri and O’Brien say, after the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches posted a message critical of the advertisement on her Facebook page.
“In case we’ve forgotten about racism in New England… It’s stunning to flip the NFL BLM protests, and turn it into a racist marketing opportunity,” Rev. Laura E. Everett said in her post.
Rev. Everett couldn’t be reached by the Telegram to explain how this was a “racist marketing opportunity,” or how it was even racist, or what she thought about what happened next.
“People have said they’re going to urinate on our property, vomit on our showcases, and I was told to kill myself,” O’Brien told the Telegram.
“I am not going to kill myself. I can assure you that. And the billboard is not coming down. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. But when you tell someone to go kill themself (sic), you have absolutely crossed the line.”
Rev. Everett’s Facebook page no longer contains the post; the latest public post available seems to celebrate the victory of Ayanna Pressley, the far-left favorite who recently won a Democrat primary for a House seat over an established candidate.
If Rev. Everett thinks that putative hate being turned into a marketing opportunity is a problem, she has nothing to say about Nike’s recent embrace of Colin Kaepernick, who loves convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur/Joanne Chesimard and murderous, racist dictator Fidel Castro. That campaign received a bit more attention than this advertisement.
She’s conspicuously silent on this sort of hate, which doesn’t seem to register with her or any of the people who left sick messages on Garieri Jeweler’s Facebook page.
Look, I get it: People online can be crazy. This is obviously sick, but you can’t control what mentally ill people with a political animus will write on a Facebook page. It still says a lot that they’re willing to take out their frustrations in this bilious fashion, however
As for Laura E. Everett, she’s not only a reverend but the head of a major religious organization. What, precisely, is her excuse for calling someone’s free exercise of speech “stunning” and “racist” in spite of the fact it’s neither one of those two things? Why does she refuse to give an explanation to the fact that she decided to call attention to this in the most demagogic possible way?
Love trumps hate, indeed.
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