By John Porter
GQ, aka Gentleman’s Quarterly, has decided to forego style tips in order the wrap its legs around social justice. So of course it’s citizen of the year has to be Colin Kaepernick. Don’t act surprised.
Much has changed in the four years since Colin Kaepernick was last on the cover of GQ. Back then he was a rippling superhero of a quarterback on the rise. But a simple act—kneeling during the national anthem—changed everything. It cost him his job. It also transformed Colin Kaepernick into a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance.
Though Colin Kaepernick continues his silent protest, he agreed to collaborate with GQ on a special project for our December Men of the Year issue in an effort to, as the piece explains, “reclaim the narrative of his protest.”
So much self importance here. The arrogance is almost as thick as his picked out afro.
He helped us assemble a ten-person team of his closest confidants—including rapper J.Cole, director Ava DuVernay, activist Harry Belafonte, and Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour—to speak on the subjects of activism, protest, and equality, and to offer some rare insights into Colin Kaepernick himself.
Paired with the piece are inspiring images by Martin Schoeller, who photographed Kaepernick in Harlem, intending to evoke the spirit of Muhammad Ali’s anti-Vietnam War protests in the neighborhood during the late 60s.
Side note, anyone else surprised Linda Sarsour is still a thing (see Jake Tapper Calls Out Linda Sarsour for Supporting a Cop-Killing Fugitive… and Feminist Linda Sarsour Exploits Hurricane Victims to Raise Funds for Political Activism)? Colin’s choice in friends tells us all we need to know.
Notice all of GQ’s “New American Heroes” are defined by how much leftists admire them for pushing leftist politics. Shockingly not shocking. Read the article itself if you want a good laugh. I know some will do the outrage thing, but this is more of an eye roll thing.
Still, this all brings up a deeper issue at hand: who even reads magazines any more?