If you say “WHO?” when I say “Rob Schneider,” then count yourself as one of the luckiest people in the world. I don’t even remember when Rob Schneider was really a thing, but he’s friends with Adam Sandler and that means that Rob will always have a job somewhere (mostly in Adam Sandler’s crappy films). Anyway, Rob Schneider decided to share a special message yesterday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in America.
First, a cursory explanation: MLK Day celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., his activism, his speeches, his work to end Jim Crow laws, to force the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act and more. MLK had lots of help, from people like John Lewis, Diane Nash, Jesse Douglas, Septima Clark, Rosa Parks, James Forman, Dorothy Height and Ralph Abernathy, amongst many others. Those are the people who marched beside MLK. They were the ones facing down the hoses, being attacked by police dogs, being hit by police batons and more. Rep. John Lewis was barely out of his teens when he began working with MLK, and Lewis literally shed blood in Selma when police officers beat him for marching for voting rights. Last week, John Lewis said Emperor Baby Fists is not a “legitimate” president. Even if you don’t agree with John Lewis about that, you’ve just got to respect the man enough to say, “He has every right to his opinion.” Emperor Baby Fists whined about Rep. Lewis on Twitter though, and as it turns out, Rob Schneider feels the same way:
Rep. Lewis. You are a great person. But Dr. King didn't give in to his anger or his hurt. That is how he accomplished & won Civil Rights.
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) January 16, 2017
Like, there’s so much stupidity and offensiveness here, it’s sort of difficult to know where to start. Does Rob Schneider understand that John Lewis literally KNEW Martin Luther King?? Like, they spent a lot of time together. They didn’t always agree. They argued about the best ways to fight for what they believed in and they argued about what the ultimate goals of their movement should be. It’s a complete misreading and whitewashing of MLK’s legacy and work to say that he didn’t “give in to his anger or his hurt” and that’s how “accomplished and won Civil Rights.” And please don’t say MLK “won” Civil Rights, like it’s a trophy and now that it was won, everything’s cool. Racism didn’t end with the Civil Rights Act, just like voter suppression didn’t end with the (now gutted) Voting Rights Act.
Anyway, I enjoyed all of the people going HAM on Rob Schneider. He still hasn’t deleted that stupid f—king tweet either.
@KaraRBrown IMAGINE BEING ROB SCHNEIDER AND THINKING YOU CAN LECTURE JOHN LEWIS ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
— KB (@KaraRBrown) January 16, 2017
Rob Schneider trying to give John Lewis advice on MLK is like someone playing call of duty trying to give a navy seal advice on combat.
— Ashley Riggs (@Just1MoreAshley) January 16, 2017
@RobSchneider you shouldn't talk ever again.
— Richard Lawler (@rjcc) January 16, 2017
Trump tomrrw: "TOTALLY agree with Rob Schneider. He is our greatest actor! Much better than old Meryl. Meeting w/ him Wed. to discuss NATO!"
— Justin Harman (@JustinHarman22) January 17, 2017
*Reads about Rob Schneider lecturing Rep. John Lewis about MLK*
*Shakes fist at 2017*
YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE LESS DUMB THAN 2016
— Daniel Lin (@DLin71) January 17, 2017
if you're surprised by rob scheider's pontification on racial harmony: pic.twitter.com/KWRxW1WKv1
— INTUITION (@ItsIntuition) January 16, 2017
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