While riding in the car yesterday, I hear a story about a NFL player insulting two cities in the U.S. and doing it in a very brash way. Jared Allen, a defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings, did everything in his power to become public enemy #1 in the cities of Detroit and New Orleans when he gave an interview and decided to give his opinion of the two cities.
When asked about going to play in Detroit versus the Lions, San José native who was born in Dallas said, “I don’t like going to Detroit. I’ll be honest. It’s gloomy, it sucks. Everything is brown and then there is snow on the ground. There’s like brownstones everywhere. I don’t know, I couldn’t do it. If I had to live in Detroit, I think I’d just drown myself in the river that was across the way.”
His rant continued by venturing into the bringing up a 2nd NFL city that he isn’t all too fond of. He continued by saying, “I’m not trying to be mean but it’s just depressing when I go there. There’s two cities like I don’t go out to eat or don’t do anything. It’s Detroit and New Orleans. New Orleans looks like I’m driving through a third-world country. Every time I get off the plane, I’m like, ‘Oh, flak jacket.’ I’m trying to get down. I’m like, ‘Ah, crap, I can’t carry my gun here. This sucks.”
So being a southern Louisiana native, this particular incident definitely made me just stop and say what a shame. Not because I’m easily upset when something ignorant is uttered by someone who isn’t that intelligent to begin with. But because people who have thoughts and comments such as these are often glorified and get tons of attention when they shouldn’t. (Take this incident as a prime example.) Yet for some reason, the more insulting and blatantly insensible a person is, the higher their mainstream appeal becomes. Somethings I just won’t understand, but all I can say is Mr. Allen (the pride of Idaho State football) will definitely do himself a favor by making sure he stays in his hotel room when the Vikings travel to Detroit and eventually when he return to the NOLA. I’m sure the locals of either city may have a bit more to say than I do, and I’m pretty sure they won’t be as pleasant about saying it either.