Here’s the deal. This is America, and you are entitled to free speech. We all know the First Amendment; a point so important that our founding fathers made it numero uno on their big list of shit they thought a new country should care about. So say whatever you want.
But what often goes unmentioned when discussing one’s right to free speech is that you’re 100% on the hook for whatever reaction your words elicit. It’s called common sense. It’s the reason you can’t scream “FIRE!” in a crowded theater, or “BOMB!” on an airplane. And it’s that same reason why Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall is the Idiot of the Day.
Mendenhall, who apparently thumps both his bible and Weekly World News, had this to say about Americans celebrating Osama bin Laden’s death:
“We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”
“For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn … I ask how would God feel about your heart?”
“What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…”
Rashard, let me do some homework for you. Here’s what OBL had to say about Americans, before he met his ultimate demise at the wrong end of a U.S. Navy SEAL’s barrel:
“Hostility toward America is a religious duty, and we hope to be rewarded for it by God . . . . I am confident that Muslims will be able to end the legend of the so-called superpower that is America.”
“Every American man is an enemy to us.”
” . . . It is far better for anyone to kill a single American soldier than to squander his efforts on other activities.”
Indeed, we HAVE heard bin Laden speak. And we’re damn proud that he’ll never utter another word again.
Also interesting to note how both OBL and Mendy throw “God” around when trying to justify themselves. OBL hoped to be rewarded for hostility toward Americans by the same God that Mendy cites in judgement. Divine authority, folks. It’s easy fodder for any argument.
This isn’t the first time Mendy has gone on record with some stupid shit. For context, he was one of the idiots that agreed with Adrian Peterson when he compared the NFL to slavery:
“@AdrianPeterson is correct in his anology of this game. It is a lot deeper than most people understand.”
“Anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel eachother”
What are you fucking insane, bro? Do you realize what you said? Comparing the NFL to slavery is like comparing Disneyland to Vietnam. It’s fucking ludicrous. How can anyone take this guy seriously?
Besides, I don’t think a slave could ever make it rain.
The idiocracy of celebrities using Twitter is beyond the scope of this post, but let me put it as simply as possible: in 2011, if you’re a public personality, you’re blessed (or cursed) with a captive audience 24/7. You can cite the 1st Amendment, but not realizing that you’ll be held accountable for whatever you say is the real ignorant action here.
Though Mendenhall’s comments offend millions of Americans who were affected by 9/11, not to mention the thousands who lost family and friends that day, he does have the legal right to say whatever he wants. But keep in mind he’s earned every single bit of scrutiny bestowed upon him by his former fans and the general public. If you hide behind your bible and shoot from the hip, you’ll be viewed a coward regardless of what evocative phrases you manage to string together.
I can exercise free speech too. On behalf of NYC: go fuck yourself, Rashard Mendenhall. You’re the Idiot of the Day.
Beef Supreme is Editor-in-Chief of the Idiocratic Post.