Once again the struggle for social justice and political culture war have ruined a historic party for Kansas City sports fans.
To wit . . .
AN ELITE KANSAS CITY MEDIA INSIDER INFORMS US: NETWORKS & THE NFL WANT THE 'ARROWHEAD CHOP' DOWNPLAYED!!!
The Kansas City Chiefs are now leading contenders to win the Super Bowl but a local fan tradition won't be on display for the rest of the nation and networks have sent word to local broadcasters to obscure the allegedly intolerant KC tradition.
Notice last night national cameras didn't focus on the chop and broadcasters abstained from any mention of it.
The faux Native American chant and chopping motion partaken by nearly every fan at Arrowhead Stadium is contrary to progressive sensibilities and nationwide advocacy urging sports fans to view indigenous people outside of "mascot" stereotypes.
Here's the word:
"It's doubtful we'll see the Arrowhead chop in the Super Bowl or during the championship game. Closer watchers noticed that commentators didn't dare mention the entire stadium doing the politically incorrect hand gesture because IT JUST LOOKS HORRIBLE TO OUTSIDERS.
"Sure that kind of thing plays in Kansas City because the media doesn't really have the authority or wherewithal to effectively pressure the team to put an end to it. But nationally, in cities where pundits and power brokers can apply political pressure on advertisers . . . It's simply not worth openly displaying the controversial crowd interaction that fans have come to love.
"Try looking for it, it's not going to earn any positive mention during national broadcasts. The "Arrowhead Chop" has essentially been silenced and erased from the national sports conversation outside of its negative connotations. Maybe that's for the best. The fans have always loved it and they rarely venture outside of their bubble. It's unlikely that anyone will really miss the signaling that Kansas City isn't nearly as "progressive" as many of our elected leaders believe . . . It's ironic actually, KC's fans are being politely ignored -- Another KC tradition."
To be fair, earlier this year the fading daily newspaper launched an effort to ban the chop that didn't gain any traction. The Chiefs front office has also effectively derailed criticism form other Native American advocates by
Meanwhile, more than 50,000 thousand football fans will persist with the allegedly intolerant tradition that has seemingly been "cancelled" yet still endures.
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