TRUMP FANS GUZZLE KOOL AID, ATTACK WRONG BLACK MAN
Trump fans are a tough bunch. Not “tough” like a boxer or fighter, but tough like that uncle who makes sense most of the time but goes completely off the deep end on occasion. Then that uncle declares ever louder that up is down as everyone just shakes their heads. Just when you think the racist, misogynist and xenophobic cultural traits just might creep back into the closet they re-assert themselves in a loud way. Each time it happens, which is every ten minutes or so, it’s just another example of loud brazen stupidity using a megaphone of ignorance. This time Trump supporters are supporting their guy by attacking a black man who’s in a tiff with the President. The problem is, it’s the wrong black guy.
TWO BLOWHARDS, ONE TWITTER WAR, ONE STAR TREK ACTOR
Trump picked a public fight with LaVar Ball, the infamous basketball dad who has taken gorilla marketing for his sons completely nuclear. Interestingly, LaVar Ball and Donald Trump have a very similar instinct in using offensive and anti-establishment tactics effectively in their marketing. LaVar’s oldest son Lonzo is a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers. But his second son LiAngelo, who plays for the UCLA Bruins, got into trouble for shoplifting with some teammates on a team trip to China.
LEVAR BURTON IS BLACK, SO ATTACK HIM ANYWAY
Trump and Ball are the perfect storm for media sensation and ridiculous hyperbole. Since Trump picked a public fight with the Ball family it has become a nebulous pit of mutual narcissistic destruction. Actually, that’s how it started. But since Trump supporters always come running to the President’s racist dog whistle, as they did here, they’ve been running off the cliff this time in a totally new way. They’ve been attacking the wrong black man. Trump’s “they all look alike to me” supporters have been publicly lashing out at LeVar Burton, who has absolutely no relation to the Ball family.
READING RAINBOW UNKNOWN TO TRUMP FANS
In fact, LeVar has two big similarities with the Ball family. He’s black. He also has a capital letter in the middle of his very similar first name. But we shouldn’t be surprised at Trump supporters’ confusion. They are racist as a reflex, true. But LeVar Burton is well-known for two things likely unfamiliar to Trump supporters. One is the children’s educational TV show called Reading rainbow. The other was his role as Geordi La Forge on the many years of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which explored community morality and relationships as well as the galaxy. Unsurprisingly, Trump supporters not only have no idea who LeVar is, they think he’s the wrong black man.
BRENT SPINER WEIGHS IN ON TRUMP SUPPORTERS
It would be nice to say Trump fans simply have an illiterate confusion. But best boyish beasts bring boorish buffoons beyond brashness. As Star Trek: The Next Generations Brent Spiner tweeted to Burton, “If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.”
It’s good that smart decent people can still have a sense of humor over this appalling maelstrom of idiocy.