ESPN had sent a memo to its talent that they should keep their politics to themselves with this being an election year. You know, what with alienating half your audience being bad for business and all.
Apparently one ESPN reporter expanded the policy to the athletes as well, in this hilarious shut down.
At the conclusion of the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, Steele interviewed Win Butler, the frontman for Arcade Fire, who was given the MVP Award. Butler used his moment of athletic glory to shift the focus from the hardcourt to the voting booth, citing Canadian politics as a model for how the United States should do things as well:
BUTLER: I just wanna say as an election year in the U.S., the U.S. has a lot they can learn from Canada: health care, taking care of people…
STEELE: We’re talking about celebrity stuff, not politics! Congratulations on your MVP!
We believe this exchange can best be summed up by the following gif. You’re welcome.
A few things here:
- What’s an Arcade Fire?
- LOL at a Canadian winning an NBA MVP award for anything. Am I right? I mean, “Eh?”
- LOL at “we’re talking about celebrity stuff.” That needs to be turned into THE catchphrase of 2016.
Is this a changing tide of things to come? No, but it’s still great to see ESPN, which isn’t exactly known for their right wing political views, shutting down a long-haired Canadian moron on favorite leftists talking points. It’s a brief moment of glory and I’ll take it. Also, someone get this guy in for a haircut. Then he wouldn’t have to don the headband of shame.
As for his points about Canadian healthcare, well…