Before I begin, the controversy that emerged from the trailer for Friday’s episode of The Shop is proof of just how dishonest and stupid Americans can be. First, it’s a trailer† Nobody has any context of what LeBron James said about Brittney Griner, or the actual full statement except for the people in the room and whoever edited the episode.
Second, what he said was enlightening. “How can she feel like America has her back?” said James in the trailer. “I would feel, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?’”
He clarified his statements later, although what he tweeted is almost exactly what he said in the trailer, only longer and prefaced with “our beautiful country” – necessary if you Black, a billionaireand wants to keep making boatloads of money in this country.
Now to the artist formerly known as Enes Kanter. He wasn’t happy with what James – whom he likes to attack for an attempt at influence – said, and went after him on Twitter. Freedom Quote tweeted James, telling him he is free to leave or trade himself for her. “Some people have literally NO idea what it’s like to live in a dictatorship.”
Freedom, you know who knows what it’s like to live in a dictatorship? grinner. That’s why James said what he said. She was, as the United States government stated, “unjustly detained.” Her American rights have been got rid of her by an authoritarian government, and she can’t help it. She recently plead guilty to a crime she may or may not have committed. That crime is that she has a vape cartridge in her bag, and that can result in 10 years in prison in a country that is a dictatorship.
Perhaps instead of taking every opportunity to criticize James, you, capital FRedom, should be more concerned with helping her return to her lowercase freedom, which you appreciate so much.
While I’m at it, this country hasn’t helped you in a… equal situation† That’s right, your home country, Turkey, revoked your passport because you spoke out against their dictator and you were stuck abroad with no way back to America. I believe it was the US government that intervened to get you back to the state. I’m sure it was a stressful situation because I really shudder when I think about what would have happened if the Turkish government had gotten their hands on you. That would have been tragic.
But this country, which you were neither a citizen of at the time nor a resident of, intervened on the condition that safe passage to America, away from a dictatorship. Griner, a Houston native, has been held captive by an authoritarian government for more than 100 days. Neither James nor you nor I know, know exactly what’s going through her head right now. All we know is we wouldn’t want to be her, and all three of us should be concerned about her well-being. We should not tell anyone to leave a country that has a constitutional right to speak out if they want to. That’s what this is about.
I’m sure the situation Freedom went through is part of why he loves America so much – it saved his life. But having immense gratitude does not mean that an American is allowed to tell another American how to be one.
Yes, there are many reasons why it is great to be an American, and one of them is that you can speak out against the government without being jailed, executed or punished. anyway. Part of valuing those rights is to use them, which James barely did in that situation. Above all, he tried to empathize with someone in a terrible situation.
That’s probably what you should be doing with your freedom, Freedom. If you love it so much, then focus on bringing an American, cruelly treated by an authoritarian government, back to her rights, just like you.