NFL's Invitation of Inaugural Poet to Read Poem at Super Bowl Meets Mixed Reviews: 'This [email protected]*t Is NOT Poetry'

NFL's Invitation of Inaugural Poet to Read Poem at Super Bowl Meets Mixed Reviews: 'This Bulls@*t Is NOT Poetry'
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Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet who “stole the show” at Joe Biden’s inauguration, will reach another “huge audience” on Super Bowl Sunday, the NFL has announced. Gorman will recite an original poem before Super Bowl LV, as part of both the in-stadium pregame ceremony and the TV broadcast.

As reported by NBC Sports, Gorman’s poem will focus on three honorary game captains who will be recognized for their work during the COVID pandemic.

“Gorman’s poem will recognize three honorary game captains the NFL has chosen for Super Bowl LV:

Los Angeles teacher Trimaine Davis, who worked to secure Internet access and laptops for his students so that they would be able to access remote learning during the pandemic.

Tampa nurse Suzie Dorner, who has been managing the COVID ICU at Tampa General Hospital.

Marine veteran James Martin, who has helped veterans and their families connect virtually through his work with the Wounded Warrior Project.”

The original poem Gorman recited at the inauguration, “The Hill We Climb,” left the Biden Inaugural Committee “still speechless” 24 hours later. You can read it here.

Personally, I think it was a bit long. I found nothing offensive or “activist” in it.

Then again, I’m not a poetry critic. However, a guy who isn’t impressed with Gorman’s work is YouTuber Matt Walsh, who expressed his displeasure in no uncertain terms.

My God can we please put an end to this madness. Her poetry is bad. It’s not good at all. We all know this. And even if the poetry wasn’t bad, it wouldn’t belong at the Super Bowl.”

I gotta go with Matt, at least in the respect that “poetry” and “football” don’t exactly go together. Let alone before a nationwide audience fired up to watch the Super Bowl.

However, I quickly learned that Matt had done a bit of research before pronouncing Gorman’s poetry as “bad.” In addition to slapping a “different descriptor” on her “poetry,” he tweeted a video of her “reciting” one of her “poems,” as an example.

“Eight reasons to stand up today against abortion bans in the United States.

“One. Let’s get this straight. When the penalty for rape is less than the penalty for abortion after the rape, you know this isn’t about caring for women and girls, it’s about controlling them.

“Two. Through forcing them into motherhood before they’re ready, these bans steadily sustain the patriarch, but also chain families in poverty and maintain economic inequality.

“Three. Pregnancy is a private and personal decision and should not require the permission of any politician.

“Four. For all time, regardless of if it’s a crime, women have and will always seek their own reproductive destinies. All these penalties do is subdue women’s freedom to get healthy safe services when they most need them.”

OK. You get the picture.

If you’re so inclined, check out the rest of Gorman’s “poem” in Walsh’s tweet.

Activism (not) disguised as “poetry.” Who knew?

As for the Super Bowl and I would presume a different tenor than the above “poem,” I have mixed feelings. Much ado about nothing, from some?

Or is this yet another attempt by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his league to pander to the Left? God knows how well the pathetic prostration before the Black Lives Matter altar and pretend “systemic racism” worked.

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