America's stadium-mob mentality

Discussion in 'Politics' started by poncho, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. poncho

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    One man's constitutional rights are trampled, and thousands of fans cheer.

    One thing you can confidently say about 21st-century America is this: Our icons of seemingly frivolous spectacle often embody deeply significant and disturbing truths. What was Balloon Boy but a deadly serious commentary on national gullibility and misplaced priorities? What was Joe the Plumber but a fun-house reflection of our destructive deification of ignorance? And what was Matt Bellamy last week other than proof that much of our country could care less about its Constitution?

    The instantly famous image of police removing the 29-year-old from Cleveland's Progressive Field was largely presented by the media as hilarious and justified — and the predictable applause, blog comments, talk-radio calls and Facebook posts embraced that portrayal. Bellamy, the logic went, deserved to be tossed because he was wearing LeBron James' new Miami Heat jersey in the city that James deserted. And not only was Bellamy wearing the jersey, he dared to flaunt it by pointing at it, prompting boos from fans and physical assault via projectile foodstuffs. In response, police say they ejected Bellamy for his own safety.

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    I saw this video on YouTube. A crowd will tend to feed on itself, becoming ever more violent, which we've seen time and time again in all kinds of college-town riots. The police were right in removing him... not because he was causing the problem or because he was wearing the James jersey, but to PROTECT him from the crowd.

    It wasn't about his rights being violated, which he's whining about now, but about keeping him alive as the crowd would have evolved into ever more violent actions. Someone would have eventually thrown a bottle at the man and caused physical damage if he wouldn't have been removed.

    I applaud the officer's quick action.
     
  3. billwald

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    This is the well known musician who was removed???????? A publicity stunt?????
     

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