I'm a Dallas Cowboys fan, but despite my evidence-supported belief that Dak Prescott will be the GOAT, putting even Tom Brady in the rearview, I've always been a fan of Greenbay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers. After his latest interview, my opinion of him has only gotten stronger.
In his latest interview on the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers took a moment to tear into woke and cancel culture, nailing its absurdity and those who engage in it…
…but let's start at the beginning.
During Greenbay's game against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers left the pocket and ran the ball into the end zone to score a tuddy. During the celebration, Rodgers engaged in a bit of trash talk with Bears fans; a common occurrence in sports of any kind whether it's on the gridiron or in a video game. Competition and trash talk go hand-in-hand.
“All my f***ing life, I own you. I still own you. I still own you.”
BAD MAN. @AaronRodgers12
— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
It should have been a well-earned moment of verbal chest-thumping, but in this day and age, everything has to be an issue. Soon, Rodger's moment became a controversy. Rodgers was asked whether he feels a “sense of ownership” by a reporter, and headline after headline reported Rodgers' lack of regret about saying it.
When Rodgers appeared on McAfee's show, Rodgers went into further detail, stating that he “blacked out” at the moment after the touchdown from the excitement and said what he said to angry Bears fans as one would during a rivalry game. However, as he was talking about it, Rodgers wanted to take a moment to discuss the current state of our culture, and the wokeness that has infected it and the media, something that McAffee was only too happy to let him do.
“There's a PC woke culture that exists,” Rodgers said. “And there's a Cancel Culture at the same time, and it's based on people's own feelings of maybe personal miserability or distaste for their own situations or life or just the enjoyment of holding other people down underneath their thumb.”
“But when you engage in this culture, you're immersed in it and you're in it so much,” Rodgers continued. “For me, when I took time in the offseason to work on myself and to work on my mental status, and to get myself in the right frame of mind, I was being selfish, or nonresponsive, selfish, and entitled. When I came back and said what I said … the same sentiments were shared.”
Rogers says a lot of the headlines shared about him are “ridiculous” no matter what they're describing. When he responds to these headlines he's accused of “being sensitive.” He went on to say that no matter his response, the media twists it into something negative making it all a no-win situation.
He describes this nonsense as a “game within a game” and that in order to play the game you have to follow the rules. Rodgers made it clear that he's not playing this game.
“The rules of the game are: You must acquiesce with the woke mob at all times. You must,” he said. “However, when you live above the game, the game does not exist, and that's where I'm at. I'm not a part of this game that's being played. This game is being played out by these individuals. I see it, I hear it, but to me it's comedy.”
McAfee and his crew gave Rodgers applause but he wasn't done. The Packers QB asked an important question about the response to his trash talk that we as a society should reflect on.
“Are we getting that soft as a society that we can't have a back and forth now,” Rodgers asked. “Somebody can pay for a ticket and say whatever the hell they want — which I think they should be able to — but the one time you say something back to them, that gets caught on a hot mic…now I've disrespected an entire city, an entire organization, my organization…”
Rodgers went on to make it clear that the trash talk isn't actually connected with any malicious feelings and that he actually has a lot of respect for the city and Bears fans. He also lamented that he's from a time when trash talking was less taboo and offending people wasn't considered all that horrible.
Rodgers also made it clear that he's not a victim nor does he consider himself one despite his complaints about the media and woke culture coming after him. He said he accepts all of it due to his position as a leader of a franchise, but he's going to keep speaking the truth.
“I'm not a part of this woke cancel culture that tries to silence people all the time,” concluded Rodgers.
Rodgers hit something square on the money here. Cancel and woke culture is a game we don't have to play if we don't want to. Oftentimes, being canceled is a choice we make as the people being attacked by mobs often back down, apologize, and accept guilty pleas for the sins the mob alleges they have.
Sometimes the best way to avoid being canceled is to laugh off the outrage refuse to play the game the woke mob tries to force you into. Once we do that, we can actually rob power from those who attempt to play it such as the woke members of the media who make a living out of attempting to ruin the lives of others, or as Rodgers guessed, practice some sort of self-aggrandizement by bringing others under their thumb.
In any case, hats off to Rodgers for giving us a perfect example of how to respond to the mob.