Jesse Williams, known for acting in Grey’s Anatomy and for his BET Awards speech criticizing white people, has weighed in on the national anthem controversy in a spectacular way, calling it a “scam” and a recruitment tool to get soldiers killed.
Speaking on MSNBC, Williams said:
“[Encouraging Americans] to stand, pledging allegiance as war machines fly overhead for military recruiting videos. I think… it’s important to realize this anthem thing is a scam. This is actually not part of football. This was invented in 2009 from the government paying the NFL to market military recruitment to get more people to go off and fight wars to die. This has nothing to do with NFL, or American pastime, or tradition. This is to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people.”
Williams is partly referring to the “paid patriotism” report back in 2015 which discovered that the Pentagon entered into marketing contracts with NFL teams and charged taxpayers the nearly $7 million bill. However, the national anthem has been a longstanding tradition in sports and is not some new invention. Indeed in 2009, the NFL mandated all players to be on the field for the anthem, but that shouldn’t be confused with Williams’ wild theory that honoring the country was “invented in 2009.”
Williams also compared U.S. patriotism to living under "dictator" President Trump:
“[Team owners] don’t know right from wrong because we know, what, seven or eight of these owners gave Donald Trump a million dollars each and are close friends with a very horrible guy who thinks he’s a dictator, who treats America like it’s a game show, and we’re North Korea and we need to stand pledging allegiance.”
Any more evidence needed why the NFL and Hollywood are engineering their own demise?