People don’t take time to hate things they don’t care about. To hate something requires acknowledging and reacting to it. In terms of measuring a reaction to something, hate and like count equally. They both require the basic effort to react.
On the topic of Colin Kaepernick, people are strongly for, or strongly against his national anthem protest. Love him or hate him, he evokes a visceral reaction. He’s front and center in a controversial news story that is perfectly catered to a polarized society that oversimplifies complex topics to form binary choices along political and ideological lines. This week he’s on the cover of Time.
A recent poll ranked Kaep as the most disliked player in the NFL. He also has the top selling jersey in the NFL. Today in The Herd, Colin argued that being at the top of a polarizing list only means you matter.
“Polarizing lists are relevance lists. Kaepernick wanted to be relevant. Whether I like him or not, or you like him or not, he is. It’s never a bad thing to be on a relevant list.”
With the NFL facing the dilemma of possibly having to move the this weekend’s Panthers game from Charlotte due to the continuing unrest over the recent police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, it appears Kaepernick will continue protesting front and center in the nation’s most visible sport. Whether you like it or not.
According to a poll, Colin Kaepernick is the most disliked NFL player.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 22, 2016