Saturday, November 27, 2021

Christopher ‘Kid’ Reid on Why He Spoofed Kaepernick With Jason Whitlock

Colin Kaepernick

*Christopher Reid, better known as half of the hip-hop turned acting duo Kid ‘n Play, broke his silence last week over his controversial impersonation of Colin Kaepernick.

Black Twitter roasted Reid’s ass after Fox Sports 1’s Jason Whitlock posted a picture from a skit of him dressed in a Kaepernick jersey with an afro and a raised fist in the air, resembling the Black Power Movement gesture.

As noted by Ryan Parker of the Hollywood Reporter, “the image was seen by critics as wildly mocking Kaepernick.” As you know, the free agent quarterback has been blackballed for refusing to stand for the national anthem in protest of the treatment of African-Americans in America, especially at the hands of these criminal-minded police.

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In a lengthy post on Facebook, Reid explained what he was aiming for in the skit that never made it to air.

“Let me be clear — the skit and photo were not meant to disrespect Colin’s message or political stance,” he wrote. “Rather, we wanted to spoof the media’s treatment of him and the circus that has been created. I understand that Whitlock has been a vocal critic of Colin so the optics of the photo have got me looking crazy.”

He also noted in the post that he stands with Colin.

“Being born and raised in NYC I grew up seeing and reading about dozens of acts of police brutality,” he said. “And the same way we know the names of Tamir Rice, Philando Castile and Michael Brown today, I grew up knowing the same fate had come to Eleanor Bumpurs, Amadou Diallo and Abner Louima. Sadly, little has changed.”

Having learned a lesson from the controversy, Reid said he will be more mindful in the future.

Are you buying his explanation or nah?

 

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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