The “Fuck Joe Biden” chant, that began at some college football games, it was reported, has transitioned to the NFL, heard at the Titans-Jets game. Newsweek also reported the chant, adding it has been heard in bars and music venues.
It’s also on YouTube.
Hmmm. Another problem for NFL honcho Roger Goodell, like the kneeling during the National Anthem.
I watch the Eagles, and some other teams, and what I notice is that the National Anthem is no longer being televised in most cases. In the few cases when it is, the cameras show players standing — some with hands over hearts, some trying to remember the words — plus shots of the singer, the musicians, the crowd — anything but kneeling players. If you go by the television coverage, you’d think the kneeling fad had stopped.
It hasn’t. But if it isn’t televised, did it happen?
As Ed Driscoll noted on Instapundit.com, blame Goodell for politicizing football.
The “fuck Joe Biden” chants seem to be happening all over, and it’s fun to hear Democrats respond by demanding respect for the office, because they were so respectful of Donald J. Trump. <satire> But that was different, because it was Trump, and norms don’t apply to him.
“Many have observed that Joe Biden is essentially Obama’s third term, given the many retreads in his cabinet,” writes Driscoll.
“And to be fair, the NFL is, in a sense, returning to its roots, given that Goodell allowed the politicization of the NFL to begin when he did nothing to stop Colin Kaepernick and other player protests during the tail end of the original Obama era, despite having the precedent of the NBA blocking similar protests in 1996.”
As Biden’s approval rating sinks, will viewers be treated to the sound of a growing chorus of “fuck Joe Biden” chants?
In the opinion of this former TV critic, no, you will not.
Although the NFL likes crowd noises behind the broadcasters covering the game, it is a simple matter to turn off the microphones so the obscene chants won’t be heard.
As the networks have blotted out the visuals of players kneeling.
It is a business and with ratings rebounding this season, they don’t want to do anything to offend the audience.
[Editor’s Note: I used the F-word because it was a direct quote, and we are all adults here.]