Why is the right-wing media obsessed with Britney Greiner?

Britney Greiner is still detained in Russia. The WNBA star has now been imprisoned for 205 long days.

In August, Greiner was convicted of drug possession and smuggling for traveling with less than one gram of cannabis oil, and was sentenced to nine years in a Russian criminal colony. During her trial, lawyers said she had a medical note on cannabis oil, but it didn’t work. Ironically, this is the same state that found a loophole in the legal system to allow fans who attend World Cup 2018 To bring cannabis and – check it out – even cocaine and heroin into the country, if they present the proper paperwork.

But Greiner’s problems are not only in Russia. I was shocked by the Americans’ reactions to Greiner Prison. It’s not just that many Americans aren’t angry enough. Many – especially in the right-wing media – are actually celebrating her arrest. They attempt to turn Griner into an enemy and a criminal, in a way that reveals a long-running animosity toward blacks, athletes, and those who use their platform to speak out against injustice in America.

On the bright side, the B Griner won’t have to carry our National Anthem for a full 9 years! What a win for her!Fox News commentator Tommy Lahren tweeted to her 2 million followers after Greiner’s ruling was announced. It was a reference to Griner’s refusal to walk to court when the anthem was played – in protest of the murder Briona Taylor Written by Louisville police officers in 2020. Instead of thinking about what her American citizen had to endure in a Russian penal colony on charges Lahren herself described as “excessive, exaggeratedand over-killing,” Lahren took the opportunity to taunt and shame Greiner for exercising her First Amendment rights.

Griner has a history of using her platform to speak out about issues affecting black people. after Tell Landscape “Nothing was done” about Taylor’s death, she began wearing Taylor’s name on the back of her shirt as a tribute. After George Floyd was killed by a police officer two months after Taylor’s death, Greiner again refused to take court while the national anthem was playing.

“We should not play the national anthem during our season,” she told a reporter on the site. Arizona Republic. “I think we should take that much stand. I don’t mean it with any disdain for our country.” She explained that her father fought in Vietnam and worked as a law enforcement officer for 30 years. “I wanted to be a cop before basketball,” she said. “I am proud of my country.”

But this was not enough for some people. “May Greiner’s time in Russian prison inspire a new gratitude to our government, our national anthem, and our Anglo-American heritage, which provide them with freedoms they no longer enjoy,” Mica Fillon, then Editorial Trainee Books for American conservative.

Use the word Veillon our To mark Griner as an outsider he needs to learn how to be more ethical and patriotic – and white. It’s about the athlete who represented her country on the Olympic stage not once but twice, in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, back home 2 gold medals.

Former President Donald Trump also got into the Grenier bash. In the appearance of the day The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Showdescribed her as “a potentially spoiled person… laden with drugs. He said it would be pointless for the State Department to try to free a Russian prisoner in exchange for her release.

This hostility is not a new phenomenon. Black athletes who associate sport with social justice have long found themselves targeted by right-wing politicians and critics for expressing their dissatisfaction with the status quo. I remember Fox News host Laura Ingraham 2018 diatribes against LeBron James for his public criticism of Trump. Ingraham said James should keep politics out of sport and “shut up and drool”.

Since Greiner did not shut up and evaded, she faces the same backlash. Lahren, Fillon, and others could not explicitly attack Greiner because of her race, so they instead portrayed her as unpatriotic.

For them Greiner is ungrateful and unworthy of freedom and mercy; She is not American enough to be saved. This is the policy of dehumanization. Language title American conservative says everything: Is Britney Grenier worth it?

Of course she deserves it. Greiner is a human being who deserves to be in the arms of his loving wife and to return to what she loves: to that sheer grace that turns court and ball into a marvel of this world. But Greiner doesn’t have to be charming or amazing to be treated with respect. She can criticize her country and return to American soil.

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