Colin Kaepernick Is GQ's 2017 Citizen of the Year

Colin Kaepernick Is GQ's 2017 Citizen of the Year

Irrespective of your opinion on Kaep/protests, I'm sure we can all agree that the #1 most important factor at the editorial meeting determining this was the clickstorm this will stir up for 48hrs.

More than anything else, this is a great example of a mega-company appropriating a social movement to drive profits, which is an entirely different problem with media today.

JJ Watt raises $37 million for hurricane relief, and volunteers his time and energy to help, but let’s generate some buzz by making it Kaepernick...

Stirring up controversy to sell some magazines. Reminds me of Rolling Stone putting the Boston Marathon bomber on their cover a few years ago.

This is gonna make my uncle furious on Facebook.

Should make anyone furious. Some of the things he's done recently:

Praised Fidel Castro while in Miami

Wore socks while playing football depicting cops as pigs

Joked about the devastating storms in Houston when people had been killed:

Didn't even vote after all his "activism"

....yeah totally sounds like citizen of the year material right there

Edit: updated to working link courtesy of u/dieselxindustry

To be fair Kap isn't playing in the NFL.

Lets be real, how was it not JJ Watt? The guy raised 37 million dollars for Hurricane relief.

Reminds me of Rolling Stone putting the Boston Marathon bomber on their cover a few years ago.

Or the redacted rape article

Lauren Hill

Also reminds me of ESPN giving the courage award to Caitlyn Jenner when honestly deserved it. Hill died due to something she had no control over and set an example for all women out there, Caitlyn Jenner had a sex change and dried up her tears with millions of dollars. For the most part, award shows and awards like this are just gigantic circle jerks these days.

Seriously. If the idea was to pick an NFL player it should be been JJ this year.

Regardless of the message(s) stemming from his "movement", I simply can't take him seriously as he has never once voted...for anything. How can you in good faith call upon others to work towards meaningful change and yet you have never taken those steps yourself? The movement may be legit but Kaep is a fraud. GQ should have pulled a TIME and made the movement itself the "Citizen of the Year".

In the year of Trump, GQ picks someone who didn't even vote as "Citizen of the year"

i like it when my woke sportsmen praise communist dictators and mention how they don't even bother to vote

It's GQ. Not exactly a bastion of journalism. Their goal is to sell as many magazines as possible.

Kaepernick has donated $1 million of his own money to several charities, has his own charity for kids, and also volunteers his time and energy to help.

Not that it's a competition, but you made it sound like he doesn't do anything at all.

citizen of this year?

He's literally done nothing this year. If you wanted to make a political statement they missed their opportunity last year.

Rolling stone is lower than whale shit

While Kaepernick waits to play, he has hardly been idle. Fulfilling a “million-dollar” pledge he made during the heat of the anthem flap last September, he has donated $100,000 every month since October to up to four charities, with little notice beyond Kaepernick’s website.

The beneficiaries are usually small, relatively unknown and surprised.

“We had no idea how Colin Kaepernick heard about our organization,” said Carolyn A. Watson, founder and executive director of Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure, or H.O.M.E., a foundation supporting single mothers in Georgia. Someone representing Kaepernick contacted the group, Watson said, “and before we knew it, we were giving them the appropriate information and received a $25,000 check in the mail.”

Muhibb Dyer, a co-founder of the I Will Not Die Young Campaign in Milwaukee, thought the $25,000 donation was a prank.

“What is unique is that he identified grass-roots organizations like my own that are hanging on by a thread trying to do the work,” Dyer said. “But a lot of the time we are face-to-face, in the trenches, with some of the most at-risk youth in this country. Having him reach out to us is like a lifeline to continue the work that we do that is oftentimes not highlighted, but very much essential to the life and death of youth every day.”

The range of charities Kaepernick supports is broad. In January, for example, he gave $25,000 each to a Brooklyn group called Black Veterans for Social Justice, a clean-energy advocacy group called, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, and the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York.

Kap is an idiot, but he's got a good heart. It's fine to criticize him for the stupid and childish things he does and says, but you should recognize the good things he does too.

Well the castro thing was in Miami and he tried to defend castro to a cuban refugee...

A guy talking about government injustices wearing a Castro shirt just shows he is an idiot

That's some powerful virtue signaling.

More like he says he's against oppression but also supports Fidel Castro. But you people seem to gloss right over that for some strange reason.

Am I reading this wrong, or is the underlying tone of this post that Kaepernick doesn't deserve this recognition and that it was only given to him in order to generate clicks, conversation, and outrage?

He also wore socks depicting cops as pigs and when he was about to be signed by the Ravens his girlfriend posted a picture on Twitter depicting the owner of the team as a slaver. I agree racial equality is a problem in this country, but I genuinely dislike this man. Not because of his cause or what he's fighting for, that I actually agree with, but how he's doing it.

My uncle is a Boston PD detective who works really hard and is a good cop. He was at the finish line of the marathon in 2013 applying tourniquets, had to pick up people's limbs and was in one of the cars that chased the bombers through Watertown while under fire.

Kneeling is not a big deal to me, but when you make generalizations about cops and depict them as pigs I think you're just as much of a trash human being who makes generalizations about people based on the darkness of their skin.

Against "opression" yet he supports Castro. What a fucking farce.

To be fair, he started by sitting during the anthem. Then a former NFL player who was a veteran (Nate Boyer) wrote an article commenting about Kaep's actions, and in response Kaep reached out to Boyer to resolve the expressed concerns about the implications for military/veterans... Kaep said he intended his protest directed at police matters, and that he respects the military etc. Kneeling was the compromise Kaep & Boyer came to where the protest could go on without dishonoring the military.

edit: correction per u/vpovio that Boyer wrote an article, and then Kaep reached out to Boyer.

Does GQ still have Keith Olbermann chained up in their basement making rant videos?

Everybody already knows he's a great person, less clicks, less revenue.

Do people actually buy GQ?

Caitlyn Jenner DECLARED a sex change in 2015, when she got the award.

She underwent an actual sex change in 2017. So unless ESPN is clairvoyant, it's even more bullshit than you thought.

Isn't GQ just the male equivalent of Cosmopolitan or Glamour magazine? Why on earth would anyone start looking to them now for their opinions on anything other than "Do these shoes go with this suit?". GQ needs to leave the political editorials to the big boys and let me know what's big in pocket squares this year.

Well, somebody gave up Kaepernick's career. Not sure it was him, lol.

He hasn't donated $900,000+ to charities and fully fund Know Your Rights Camp?

Who am I thinking of?

Oh dear, how terrible, socks and shirts you say?

Is there a bastion of journalism any more?

They saw Caitlyn Jenner on Vanity Fair and the CoverGirl boy and said 'fuck this, hold my beer...'

Given how many worse quarterbacks have been signed during this season alone to replace injured QBs (cough cough Brandon Weeden cough), this argument isn't as ironclad as you think it is

“I said from the beginning I was against oppression, I was against the system of oppression”

While wearing a Fidel Castro shirt and socks with pigs dressed as police officers

Except that's not really what happened.

He was wearing a Malcolm X shirt, which also had Castro on it. The Cuban journalist asked him about it, and Kaepernick said he was wearing it for Malcolm X. The journalist kept hounding Kaepernick about it, and Kaepernick repeatedly kept saying he was wearing it for Malcolm X.

After the journalist refused to let it go and kept wanting to ask Kaepernick about anything good Castro ever did, Kaepernick finally just said that Cuba had a high literacy rate under him.

Completely blown out of proportion, but judge for yourself.

You can read the entire exchange here:

So I ask Kaepernick how he can protest oppression then ignorantly don a T-shirt featuring an oppressor?

And Kaepernick immediately said:

“I wore a Malcolm X shirt,” he said.

Now, Kaepernick is bright even though he seems to be playing dumb. He carried a 4.0 grade point average at John H. Pitman High School in Turlock, California, around the same time my aunt, lacking medicine and care in Cuba, was dying — the last of my family members the Castros refused to allow to escape to freedom in the United States.

So I remind Kaepernick that Castro was indeed on his shirt.

“I am a believer in Malcolm X and his ideology and what he talked about and what he believed in as far as fighting oppression,” Kaepernick said.

That, by the way, does not answer the question. Kaepernick is evading as if my question is an NFL linebacker on a blitz. So I interrupt. ...

Are you a believer in Fidel Castro, who is also on that shirt?

“If you let me finish, please,” Kaepernick requested. “The fact he [Malcolm X] met with Fidel to me speaks to his open mind to be willing to hear different aspects of people’s views and ultimately being able to create his own views as far as the best way to approach different situations, different cultures.”

So it’s good to have an open mind about Fidel Castro and his oppression, I ask?

“I’m not talking about Fidel Castro and his oppression,” Kaepernick said. “I’m talking about Malcolm X and what he’s done for people.”

At this point I hope Kaepernick is starting to realize how untenable his position is relative to the Castros. Even Malcolm X, who met with Castro in New York, for years afterward declined invitations to visit him in Cuba. I’m hoping Kaepernick understands one should not make broad statements about standing up for people’s rights, then slip into a Fidel Castro shirt, suggesting approval for a man who has spent his days on the planet stifling people’s rights.

And that’s exactly the moment Kaepernick shows how lost he truly is. Because in the next breath, Kaepernick, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, explains to me, the guy born in Havana, how great Castro really is.

“One thing Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here even though we’re fully capable of doing that,” Kaepernick said.

Including not vote. I have no problem with him pushing BLM and using his platform to speak his mind, but you can't win CITIZEN OF THE YEAR if you don't vote. Fucking defies all logic.

A citizen that didn't bother to vote in elections. The most important function of a citizen.

Criminal Justice Reform has been a wedge issue long before Kaep decided to take a knee dude what are you on. It has almost always been split along partisan lines.

With all due respect, that's just dumb and wrongheaded.

There is this idea among some moderates that if we're really really nice, make arguments in the most respectful way possible and take care not to hurt anyone's feelings or make them uncomfortable, then progress on social justice issues will logically flow.

This is us great idea except that it has never happened and never will happen.

Touché. Can’t argue that one.

And he basically gave up a lucrative career to fight for what he believes in.

I don’t give a shit if he kneels or stands, especially since now he’s sitting on his couch at home for the anthem just like I am. But Kaep is so fucking fake, that’s the real outrage. JJ Watt is out there raising money and moving supplies to help people directly, Kaep couldn’t even get off his fucking knee to vote.

Someone needs to sell some magazines

Not reading it wrong, you nailed it buddy.

Not to mention Kaepernick did all that shit in 2016

Remind me again why I have any idea who this guy is

He disrupted an advertisement for the US military.

Says he's against oppression while wearing a shirt of one of the worst oppressors in history...

You really can't figure that out?

Weekly World News or Playboy probably.

Thank you for having the intelligence to identify this. I’ve seen GQ hit the front page of /sub/news and /sub/politics as a News “source” DOZENS of times and every fucking time it just amazes me. How is a men’s fashion magazine seen as a reputable and un-biased source on political affairs? Their journalism is horseshit, yet every one of their “quipy” and “poignant” headlines flood the front pages of the two most visible subs on this site. Does the article mention that Kaep doesn’t even excercise his right to vote? This man has the audacity to complain about the corrupt “police patriarchy,” but doesn’t have the wherewithal to go out and vote to try and make a change? He’s worn clothing depicting law enforcement officers as pigs, been associated with women who’ve lambasted Officers verbally left and right, and has even sued NFL owners with “conspiracy” and “corroboration” to keep him out of the league. These “acts” qualify him to be GQs citizen of the year? This speaks volumes of the type of reader that GQ hopes to attract and speaks even louder to the ineptitude that surrounds any “journalism” that spews from the GQ presses.

Of course he doesn't. No one does, or even possibly could. The point is that Kaep hasn't just disregarded the criticism leveled against him... in fact he proactively reached out to an initial critic... he clarified his intent & sought to come up with a compromise.

Sounds like telling black folks during the civil rights movement that if they want equal rights they'd better not get too upitty in demanding them.

except kaepernick didn't start this under trump. He did it under the obama DOJ.

I like how you completely refuted his point, and yet the subsequent responses are, "but he didn't donate enough!"

Of course Bill Gates is gonna donate more - he's pretty much the wealthiest person on earth. Kaepernick is not.

In the year of Trump, GQ picks the dude Trump personally called out at a rally and said he was a son of a bitch.

OK, even given all that, why should any rational adult be "furious" about whom GQ, a freaking fashion magazine, calls citizen of the year? It's absurd.

JJ raised money.

Kaepernick has donated his OWN money towards dozens of causes in the last year.

This is the first I’ve heard of him not voting.

I can’t stand the folks who would be upset at him for speaking his opinion.

On the flip-side, I don’t understand the person who seeks out an athlete’s social observations.

gross. Not sure why Kaepernick is still the face of this protest, it seems like we haven't heard from him in a long time. This article also says his protest cost him his job when he opted out of his contract with the 49ers.

Thank you for posting that. I don't follow sports and had not heard if Lauren Hill. I think you're right.

No, he lost his lucrative career when Harbaugh left SF and the Defensive corp was dismantled. Obviously you don't watch football but felt the need to make stuff up.

What about not voting in the elections?

Police brutality is wrong, Kaepernick would much prefer if it was army brutality rounding up and shooting undesirables.

The police are just too lenient for him.

He also wears Police Pig socks and Castro shirts. Real model citizen right there.

GQ is officially a joke.

He's one of the first football players to kneel during the national anthem instead of standing. Most agree that he has the legal freedom of expression to do so, but a lot also argue that it's disrespectful.

TIL GQ still exists. Mission accomplished

“One thing Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here even though we’re fully capable of doing that,” Kaepernick said.

We spend 640 billion per year on primary and secondary education. We spend 80 billion per year on incarceration.


Dear god not socks

GQ still exists?

I am fully aware of the situation.

I think it highlights that he isnt as smart as he thinks he is.

To wear anything with Castro in Miami, regardless of who was on the shirt with him is stupid. Especial if you try to protest police brutality and social injustices. Cuba has a long list of human rights violations under Castro.

It would be just like me wearing a Mandela shirt with him holding Gaddafi's hand infront of people that had to flee Gaddafi and defending it by saying I am wearing it for Mandela.(just in case you dont know, Mandela and Gaddafi were friends and that picture exist).

Kaep also praised the education system under Castro.

The cuban refugee report was in full right to press him on that subject

It's crazy what you can do as a dictator.

People are probably going to buy it to burn it or hit it with a golf club.

Also you dont have to spend much on prisions when you use firing squads to kill people

He has to be better than an average replacement though. He has to be better by an amount that makes it worth it to endure a media and twitter shitstorm/circus. And he's not.

If he was peyton manning level QB people wouldn't care what he says.

Ed: Oh and people said that about Josh McCown being signed and not Kaepernick but overall McCown has been playing pretty well this season. I would rather have McCown right now than Kaep.

If ESPN was clairvoyant they wouldn't have done anything they've done the past several years.

Considering he was trying to come back but his girlfriend ruined his chance at signing with the Ravens, I can't exactly see how he gave up

And the nobel peace prize winner of 2017 is......

Abou Bakr al-Baghdadi! for his fantistic work to reunite the middle east under the same banner!

Kaep is protesting police brutality, and last I checked he ain't going around beating on cops or shooting people, so I think your comment is a tad off base.

Not to defend GQ but all the headline says is "Colin is citizen of the year". It's everyone else assigning them some kind of supposed prestige & authority, even if it's with disparaging comments like yours.

It's just a mens magazine - don't they have a right to say who they believe to be the man of the year? Even if we disagree.

Also considering this thread about GQ being irrelevant is the top comment, I don't think we need to worry too much about it. I'm glad to see people being reasonable about this. Now lets let them fade once again into obscurity.

Who gives a shit?

the kneeling has pushed back the likelihood of comprehensive criminal justice reform

Really? You think criminal justice reform would've happened if Colin stayed silent under a Trump/Sessions DOJ? I think that's really disingenuous. Trump ran his campaign on a platform of increasing police powers, harsher sentencing, and unconstitutional acts (stop and frisk, for example). Kaepernick really didn't have much to do with that, and even if he stayed silent, it wouldn't have mattered.

So yeah, we do need criminal justice reform, but Kaepernick protesting didn't stop that - Trump being elected did. Kaepernick holds no power to do anything except illuminate and bring awareness to an issue, which he did (and which subsequently was distorted into an issue involving the flag and military). Ultimately, the only thing with the power to delay any sort of reform was the election of Trump and the appointment of Jeff Sessions.

EDIT: However, none of this has anything to do with whether or not Kaepernick even deserved this nomination or not.

Credit where credit is due. Under Castro the Cuban literacy rate went up from 20% to 97%.

That dude is nuts. Like, nuts nuts. The dude compared Donald Trump to Osama Bin Laden.

teams took better quarterbacks than tebow because they didn't want the distraction as a backup.

Just not worth it

I do, because if I don't, how will I know which $300+ shirt is totally in right now /s

Not from the Donald, but I think its stupid for a couple reasons:

Praised Fidel Castro while in Miami

Wore socks while playing football depicting cops as pigs

Joked about the devastating storms in Houston when people had been killed:

He didn't even vote on top of all that

Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't the BLM movement along with similar protests to that of Kaepernick's acted as a catalyst for police departments nationwide to adopt body cameras? I think that could be categorized as meaningful change.

The movement you speak of has accomplished nothing positive.

Pretty much all that needs to be said about this shit sucker

Except loosing his career wasn't intentional...

Its possible to think this guy is a POS without being right-wing. Do some research on him. I'm not sure why anyone would support him.

This is like Caitlyn Jenner winning the courage award

Well he ain't makin ESPNs Player of the Year that's for sure.

GQ knows it best, any press is good press, get people talking- angry or supportive.

How is a men’s fashion magazine seen as a reputable and un-biased source on political affairs?

Because it's reliably biased, duh.

Really? He runs an organization that helps minorities understand their rights. He organized food and goods to Somalia during the drought. He's donated his own money to causes. He's a celebrity that actually uses his platform. I mean what more do you want from the man?

More than anything else, this is a great example of a mega-company appropriating a social movement to drive profits, which is an entirely different problem with media today.

Remind me again why I have any idea who this guy is. Especially, since I don't watch sports.