Wednesday, June 10, 2009

This post is all about God...

Why don't white actors, actresses and entertainers thank God after a performance or after they win an award? This always troubled me more than a little bit. They thank their wives, their husbands, their parents, their agents, their fans, but God gets snubbed. No one taps their chest twice, points to the sky, and thanks the big man upstairs. I've seen white athletes like Kurt Warner and Tim Tebow do it, but this seems to elude entertainers. Do they prefer to keep their faith private? Do they view God as a silent partner who only deserves back room praise? Or perhaps are they on that Bill Maher, and they don't believe in God at all? I don't know..

The other thing that bothers me is that athletes do not thank or praise God when they lose. Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic is a deeply religious man ,and he's very vocal about his faith and his relationship with the Lord. When he was a high school player coming into the NBA, he joked that he wanted to change the NBA logo to a cross. When he is interviewed after victories, Howard will temporarily ignore the question, praise God, then get back to answering what he was asked. Nothing wrong with that.

But when he loses, God, like Waldo and Carmen Sandiego is nowhere to be found..at least publicly. There's no thanks for helping get through this loss, there's no I guess God wasn't on my side tonight..nothing. When I mess up, I still thank God for guiding me through and giving me another learning experience, I want my athletes to do the same. After all they are role models.

Maysa - Simpatico

3 comments:

Chubbs said...

I actually get annoyed when some black entertainers thank God for helping them make yet another awful, stanktastic "hip-hop" video or album. I think it is appropriate at times though, to thank God, but I think we can all agree that different cultures and races express their religion in different ways--some are just more public and in many cases, ostentatious.

rashad said...

Chubbs, while I thank you for your overall comment, I thank you even more for introducing "stanktastic" into my lexicon. I will be stealing it.

maxwellsmusze said...

i agree w/chubbs. i'm not sure that God deserves or even wants the glory for a T. Pain or Lil Wayne winning an award. Speaking of stanktastic, the BET awarids are around the corner. this should be one hot mess mixed w/and "I'd like to thank God".