Following Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Marcos Maidana last Saturday night, I had a few of my followers request I elaborate on the following tweet…
You can probably guess the demographics of who thought Floyd won and lost. Pretty telling actually.
— Derek (@MidweztMarauder) May 4, 2014
My general response was to encourage people to wait for my next article and let them know that I’ll take a look at how reactions are swayed by each fan’s ethnic and social background as well as their interpretation of what is socially acceptable. That was basically my drunk self* saying “your love or hate of Floyd Mayweather is totally dependent on your skin color” in the most politically correct way possible.
*I had just attended the Capital City Beerfest a few hours earlier and I continued my shenanigans by watching the fight at a bar.
Although I very much believe that rooting for someone simply because he is most like you and hating on someone mostly because he is much different than you happens more often than people want to admit, I ended up noticing a bigger issue regarding Floyd Mayweather and both his fans and detractors: There’s a clear double-standard when it regards his racially charged comments and antics.
Let’s take a look at a few examples I came across when I was doing research for my initial blog topic:
- Professional golfer Fuzzy Zoeller more-or-less disappeared from the public eye after his tasteless joke about Tiger Woods not putting fried chicken and collard greens on the Masters champions dinner.
- Sports broadcaster Howard Cosell was chastised by critics after he referred to a Washington Redskins player as “that little monkey.”
- Radio host Don Imus was fired after calling the Rutgers basketball team “nappy-headed hos.”
- We all know about the Donald Sterling situation by now.
Everyone listed above dealt with real ramifications stemming from their actions and activists such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton even got involved to make sure everyone and anyone heard of these injustices.
Why do I bring this up? Well, before the fight even started I posted the following tweet…
I wonder how people would react if a non-black fighter came out in a dashiki or African flag elements on his ring wear. — Derek (@MidweztMarauder) May 4, 2014
If you know me, you know how much I hate Mayweather’s patronizing of the Mexican fan base. The “Mexican Assassin” nickname he and his family use from time to time. His affinity for wearing sombreros and Mexican ring gear around certain Mexican holidays. The list goes on, but for however subtle his jabs toward the Mexican community are, he’s gotten away with way worse with little to no backlash.**
**Spare me the whole “Mayweather loves Mexicans” quotes. It’s more “Mayweather loves money from Mexicans” than anything.
Here’s an excerpt from a rant Mayweather had about Manny Pacquiao back in 2010:
As soon as we come off vacation, we’re going to cook that little yellow chump … Once I kick the midget ass, I don’t want you all to jump on my d—. So you all better get on the bandwagon now … Once I stomp the midget, I’ll make that mother f—– make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice … we’re going to cook him with some cats and dogs.
How was that quote any different than the examples I listed above?
Why was there a lack of backlash? Was it because there wasn’t a Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton-type character out there to stir the pot? Was it because there is a “hierarchy of victims” in the United States? Or was it simply a case of a double-standard?
Personally, I don’t think he is racist as much as he is extremely ignorant. In fact, when a good portion of his fan base blow off his detractors as haters that are jealous of the money he makes, why would he be anything but ignorant?
Finally, the fact that Mayweather wants to buy the Clippers is extremely funny to me given how that ownership stake (inevitably) opened up in the first place. If Floyd was of the fairer skin and made his tasteless remarks about the exact same people Sterling did, would people even consider his candidacy as the next owner of the Clippers legit?