By Brooke Mallory
4:44 PM – Tuesday, November 28, 2023
A few NFL-covering media outlets, including Deadspin, falsely claimed that a very young Kansas City Chiefs fan was wearing blackface on Sunday as he watched his team defeat the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium.
The young fan wearing the face paint and Native American headdress was briefly shown on the CBS broadcast, but the camera position only showed the black-painted right side of his face.
Meanwhile, the youngster’s left side of his face was painted red, symbolizing the Chiefs’ team colors. Wearing face and body paint is a customary tradition for supporters of all NFL teams.
Despite how new information regarding the child’s true intentions had emerged, several sports media sites still chose to run with the narrative that went viral on X (Twitter) rather than conduct a more thorough investigation or even attempt critical thinking.
Outraged, virtue-signaling sports fans and online users then decided to concentrate on the child’s Native American headdress instead of the falsely-labeled “blackface.”
The Native American headdress is known to be a part of the Chiefs’ team identity, even if it is not featured on the team’s emblem.
Deadspin writer Carron J. Phillips, the author of one of the first hit pieces regarding the controversy, even went as far as to claim that this young boy and stranger whom he has never met before “hate[s] Black people and Native Americans.”
“It takes a lot to disrespect two groups of people at once. But on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, a Kansas City Chiefs fan found a way to hate Black people and the Native Americans at the same time,” Deadspin writer Carron J. Phillips wrote. “This is what happens when you ban books, stand against Critical Race Theory, and try to erase centuries of hate,” Phillips wrote.
Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, also chimed in on the matter.
“Carron Phillips is an unapologetic racist and a deceiver. Shame on him,” Musk posted.
However, Phillips still doubled down on X (Twitter) and did not admit that his hit piece was meant to bring unnecessary racial tension, division, and hatred.
“For the idiots in my mentions who are treating this as some harmless act because the other side of his face was painted red, I could make the argument that it makes it even worse,” Phillips said. “Y’all are the ones who hate Mexicans but wear sombreros on Cinco,” the writer added.