Last Wednesday at a press conference, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said “it’s funny to hear a female talk about routes” after he was asked by Jourdan Rodrigue, a female reporter for the Charlotte Observer, about routes run by wide receiver Devin Funchess.
Needless to say, woke Twitter responded.
Some issued a “Molly…You in danger, girl!”-like warning to Mr. Newton…
Cam Newton is a great talent but bro.. lol what is you doin’?
— grandMaduh 4’3 188kg (@DESIGNED_MYSELF) September 25, 2017
Women coming for Cam Newton on the T/L: pic.twitter.com/6SM3gUNmRT
— Souf Sil Fa Lil (@Nicktheegr8) October 4, 2017
And this danger came in the form of a giant “hell naw” from most of woke Twitter…
I guess Cam Newton is moving up to first class canceled.
— Your Favorite Jason (@I_Know_Jason) October 4, 2017
Others thought the backlash was a racially motivated conspiracy…
If this was Brady, dey would have let it go, remember brady cheated and he’s now one of the goats 🐐. Cheated to win the super bowl 🍚
— Jp (@Jpnumber24) October 4, 2017
The receipts were brought forth in the form of screengrabs of racist tweets from the reporter’s timeline.
— Ben Winborne (@winborneb) October 5, 2017
Speaking of racism, some brought up Cam Newton’s past “All Lives Matter-y” stance on kneeling during the national anthem.
I stopped tucking with Cam Newton when he started dressing like Colonel Sanders and saying “All Lives Matter”
— El Teamo (@longlivetheteam) October 5, 2017
Some seemed to suggest that there was outrage only because Cam Newton’s sexist remark was directed at a white woman…
“Cam Newton insulted a white woman……we must be outraged!!!”
This will be the theme on social media all day trust me
— Percy Mack (@KingTeeJay) October 5, 2017
While others argued that publicly laughing at a professional woman’s competency, just because she’s a woman, isn’t a big deal since said professional woman, wasn’t called out of her name…
WhoA WHOA cam newton is stupid as fuck. Yes. But let’s not get it twisted for BECKYS SALLYS AND SUSANS…He ain’t call her a bitch or a hoe.
— colormoneymeg (@RoleModelMegan) October 5, 2017
In the end (and a lost major sponsor later), Cam Newton apologized…
— TIME (@TIME) October 6, 2017
Some praised his apology…
Taking responsibility for your actions takes a strong person! Thank you for taking responsibility and apologizing, without excuses!
— Penni Kernot (@lilsun83) October 6, 2017
But that didn’t mean he wasn’t still canceled with some people…
“If you are a person that took offense to what I said, I apologise to you” so he’s not apologizing for being sexist? 🙄
— Simbongile (@Simbongile_N) October 6, 2017
What do you think?