According to TMZ Philadelphia native and outspoken singer Pink is upset about Michael Vick playing for her hometown.
She wrote on Twitter: “wow. michael vick in MY hometown, Philly. of all the places. I hope the fans tear him to pieces like his beloved dogs.”
The Eagles signing Michael Vick has upset many animal rights groups. “The founder of Main Line Animal Rescue, Bill Smith, was quoted as saying, ‘There are a lot of people out there who deserve second chances more than Michael Vick.'” But were they capable of getting signed to the Eagles? When does a formerly incarcerated person get to move on with his/her life after time served? When can he or she stop apologizing? Why should punishment for a crime include prison time, labeling, being prevented from earning a living, threats against one’s personal safety in public and scorn?
Perpetual rebellious 15 year old Pink is the same person who “sent a letter to Prince William criticizing him for fox hunting and one to Queen Elizabeth II protesting the use of real fur in the bearskins of the Foot Guards and the Honourable Artillery Company.” Not a letter protesting centuries of imperial cruelty towards…well people on most of the planet, but whatever.
We are approaching the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina were we witnessed cruelty to humans in real time on TV. Amidst the discussion of whether this was a race or a class issue many Black people suffered needlessly. I just don’t think the outrage was the same. Common said “Why white folks focus on dogs and yoga/ While people on the low end tryin to ball and get over”. It’s all very sad to me.
As a dog “owner” I don’t advocate or appreciate dog or animal abuse. I recognize it seems really easy for some people to be outraged about animal cruelty and be indifferent when it comes to cruelty to humans.
Fans ripping a person who was cruel to animals can’t possibly be the answer. And of course as with anything race plays a part.
Pink hates trees
I’ve been reading a lot of commentary about this and I’m finding when some people want to gripe about overpaid, idiot athlete every example they give is of a Black athlete. I’ve read calls for violence against Michael Vick and pleas for him to become a construction worker instead of going back to the National Football League. I can understand the genuine affection and concern for animals but until these animal advocates learn to stop pitting people, particularly Black people, against animals they will never have the support of so many they hope to reach. It’s not worth losing your humanity to protect animals and it’s a manufactured set of options. You can love people and animals at the same time.
Good post with some unfortunate comments: Michael Vick Signs Two Year Contract With Philadelphia Eagles