Aaron Rodgers won’t let ‘woke cancel culture’ stop him from expressing himself
Aaron Rodgers is over today’s ‘woke cancel culture.’
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“There’s a PC woke culture that exists, and there’s a cancel culture at the same time,” Rodgers told the hosts.
“And it’s based on people’s own feelings of maybe personal miserability or distaste for their own situations or life, or maybe just enjoyment of holding other people down underneath their thumb.”
Rodgers told reporters after the game that after scoring the touchdown, he looked up at the stands and saw a fan flipping him off.
“Sometimes you black out on the field, in a good way,” Rodgers said.
“But I looked up in the stands and in the front row, all I saw was a woman giving me the double bird. So I’m not sure exactly what came out of my mouth next.”
Rodgers noted that trash talk often happens between fans and players, so he didn’t think much of what happened.
“Are we getting that soft in society where we can’t have words now?” Rodgers asked on the show.
“Somebody can pay for a ticket and say whatever the hell they want — which I think they should be able to, that’s fine — but the one time you say something back to them and it gets caught on a hot mic… now I’ve disrespected an entire city and organization and my own organization?”
Rodgers said he misses the days when trash talk was what he called “more normalized” and players didn’t feel the need to apologize for comments that some might have found offensive.
“I just think that it, for me, helps me to keep sane when I can recognize and point out that there is this culture that exists that gets off, I think, on shrinking people, keeping them small, keeping them in a box, quieting them through [cancellation] or demeaning comments,” he explained.
“I also exist outside of that in a different realm where I do feel confident in things I say and I do stand by what I do,” he added. “I like to speak the truth and I’m not part of this woke cancel culture that gets off on trying to silence people all the time.”