Antonio Brown

When he was playing, I thought Antonio Brown was the best receiver in the NFL. Nobody could run routes as excellently as he could. But, although he was to me the best receiver in the NFL, I didn’t think he was the most famous. And then it became apparent to me watching him that Antonio Brown wanted to be similar to Odell Beckham Jr., more famous off the field. Some things later happened in his personal life and now I would say he got what he wanted; Antonio Brown is more famous than ever, but for all the wrong reasons, and now he doesn’t even have a job in the NFL because of it. He taught me, along with Joe Exotic, society teaches it’s okay to be bad in order to be famous, just don’t be boring. I also read some Salman Rushdie and he wrote that maybe this kind of quest for popularity would cause a world similar to The Hunger Games, where people will want to watch people kill each other on their television screens. So, badness is entertaining, but perhaps it’s not how things should be.

However, I wrote this before many works of art and entertainment were changed or removed due to recent events, so we might not be allowed to question or have a discourse about this type of thing anymore, and Rushdie looks wrong at the moment. Art and entertainment does seem to be moving in a way that has a proclivity to sensitivities, so it’s possible maybe there will be no more depictions of violence and fewer people doing bad or none at all in these things in the future.

Tiger King

Like many Americans, I’ve been stuck at home and to pass time and take my mind off things, I decided to binge-watch the documentary Tiger King on Netflix. I thought the debate the documentary inspires is fascinating, about whether or not to have tigers in captivity or used as entertainment for zoos or domesticated is the right thing to do. If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, then you know I believe that eventually there will be no animals in captivity or in zoos. So I’m thinking the Netflix documentary will help build support for that idea in some people, cause people to change their minds about long held traditions and ways of doing things, like how Mike Tyson now says he sees owning tigers as pets differently. I also find the timing of the documentary interesting. It’s interesting it’s popular at this particular moment in history because right now, animals are out and about, roaming the streets, while humans are mostly stuck inside because of the coronavirus crisis. So, now humans know how animals confined in certain spaces feel and it could mean that in the future, as animals get more free, humans will get less free as a result.