For what it’s worth, Kyrie’s also said that he’s not antisemitic.
But yes, generally, I think when you’re making memes like these:
I’m not inclined to afford him the benefit of the doubt in this context.
Not sure what you are saying. That meme is pretty widely used across the political spectrum left, liberal, geek, populist, right-winger. Are you saying it’s anti-Semitic? I’ve never heard that, and to look at it I don’t see any anti-Semitic stereotypes.
Well you're talking about meme formats, which generally aren't ideological by design, no. However, the fact that this particular
meme exists as a response to getting called out for, if we want to be kind, the fact that he 'didn't put on his reading glasses' before looking at the video that he shared with the 'energy caption' tells us a lot, right?
In other words, his tone is basically an aggrieved version of "hey everyone, I just want to support my bro, why are you talking about all this other stuff? That's not what I meant."
Which, in a vacuum, is a perfectly normal human response. Right? Because, clearly, he's not putting much thought into the retweet, so why are we coming at him about all these other fruit (to use the vernacular of the meme).
So, this is Brown's logic, as far as we can suss out. And Nick has put another angle on this - in some ways - very reasonable response.
Let's park that for a second, because we have a detour to get to.
Someone else brought up Mitchell Miller in one of the threads earlier and, thinking about it a little bit more, I do
think there's something about that discussion that reminds me of this one.
I said this in that thread:
I also think that a lot of the time, people who are upset about 'cancel culture' get accused of not being aware of consequences. I don't think that's 100% fair, because it implies that the people who said or did the offensive thing or those who support them aren't aware of the offense.
I think most people who advocate against 'cancel culture' absolutely grasp the idea of consequences for speech and behaviour.
They just don't think that the behaviour whichever 'victim of the woke mob' of the day got in trouble for qualifies as being deserving of the consequences.
And I think a similar mindset is what I think is driving at least some of Jaylen's thinking here, and I don't like it.
We know he's said that he's not taking down the Energy tweet because he thinks that would show a lack of support for Kyrie Irving. Again, all well and good but...
Kyrie is getting in trouble for:
- Posting antisemitic content without any additional context;
- Refusing to elaborate on that contex;
- Getting upset when people call him out for thinking he has anything other than the purest of intentions.
Since then, Irving has been willing to say that he disagrees with "some things" in the documentary, but he's unwilling to say what those things are - which is a super easy thing to do for most people who are speaking in good faith about anything: to say what they like or don't like about that given thing. He's also peppered his non-apology with a bunch of Five Percenterisms which make a fairly strong case that he's not particularly serious about 'not' being antisemitic.
Now, given Jaylen's comments to this point, it's reasonable to infer that Brown thinks the punishment for Kyrie tweeting out antisemitic propaganda without comment is over the top, despite the fact that Irving refuses to take any responsibility or show any real contrition for it.
And as this saga has gone on, he's doubled and tripled down on this stance - that, fundamentally, 'this level' of antisemitic activity shouldn't result in the sort of punishment Kyrie got.This
is what makes him look pretty stupid.
So, again, I put it to you that Jaylen can say that he's not racist and he's not antisemitic all he wants, but his actions seem to belie his words.