Colin Kaepernick equated being an NFL player to slavery in his new Netflix series, "Colin in Black & White." The "disgusting" comparison was met with major backlash online. The six-part Netflix docudrama series was also shellacked by Joe Rogan.
The Netflix TV show compared NFL players at a combine to a slave auction with a cotton field background. The "Colin in Black & White" series attempted to make a comparison between NFL owners and plantation slave owners from the late eighteenth century.
In a recent episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience," the UFC commentator asked fellow comedian and podcaster Theo Von, "Did you see that Netflix special where Colin Kaepernick is comparing the NFL to slavery?"
Von immediately mocked Kaepernick by calling him "Throwsa Parks," a joke about the former quarterback attempting to be a civil rights activist.
Rogan lambasted Kaepernick, "It is the dumbest comparison."
Von jumped in and said, "That is the lamest — I did try to watch it. It makes me sad. It makes me sad because it feels like the lowest — it's like the lowest pandering for racism that you could create. It's almost infantile, the pandering of it. And I think it takes away from, like, real racist s**t."
Rogan bashed Kaepernick, "Imagine comparing the ability to do it or not do it, you sign up for it, everybody — like, so many people who play football want to be in the NFL. It's a goal. It's a dream. You can make millions of dollars. And imagine comparing that to slavery simply because they measure people's physical performance."
"That's what he's doing; he was measuring like wingspans and the combine scores, like for weightlifting and speed and all that stuff," Rogan said of the slavery scene in the show. "That's to see how physically adept you are, how good you're gonna be at football, so they'll give you tons of money."
"The idea that this is comparable to slavery, whoever f***ing wrote that down and then he — the fact that he read it and said it, and then they had that video where they're comparing the NFL owners to the slave masters and they're shaking hands with each other," Rogan said, then emphatically prodded, "What the f*** are you talking about?"
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This isn't the first time that Kaepernick has been blasted by a member of the UFC. In July, UFC star Jorge Masvidal went on a tirade against the NFL quarterback-turned-activist for praising Fidel Castro.
After a 2016 photo of Kaepernick wearing a T-shirt with Castro on it resurfaced, Masvidal told Kaepernick to learn some history about Cuba.
"Cowards like this fool should be sent to live in Cuba see what they say after a day there," Masvidal wrote on Instagram.
When the controversy over Kaepernick wearing the shirt featuring the oppressive communist dictator first erupted in 2016, the then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback took a shot at the United States.
"We do break up families here," Kaepernick stated. "That's what mass incarceration is. That was the foundation of slavery. So our country has been based on that as well as the genocide of Native Americans."