Pop Rocks: The Five Most Racist-Inducing Moments of Super Bowl XLVIII

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Richard Sherman was hurt, but some fans called it karma.
The Super Bowl is a strange spectacle. At its core is the game, played between the NFL's elite teams in a winner-take-all match for the title. But the circus that has grown up around the world's most watched sporting event rivals anything Barnum and or Bailey could have dreamed up. From the hours-long pregame show complete with bands and actors hocking movies (I'm looking at you, Costner) to the extended halftime, the commercials and the post game analysis paralysis, it barely even resembles a football game except when guys in pads are hitting one another.

With the increased visibility, social media goes crazy. And when even the slightest controversy -- real or imagined -- rears its head, you can bet the denizens of Twitter will be over it like white on rice. In particular, those with jingoist or racially biased tendencies (some not just tendencies) come out of the woodwork. During Sunday's Super Bowl, there were five moments that seemed particularly race baiting even if they weren't in reality.

5. Bruno Mars

No surprise here. When Mars, a native of Hawaii, took the stage and ripped it up with his band, it was predicable that there would be racist tweets hurled at the pop star. But, when the Chili Peppers joined him, it got worse. Fans of the RHCP began clamoring for more of their favorites and less of Mars. Unfortunately, many of those online responses turned into name calling and Mars's skin color was the primary target.

4. Russell Wilson Reverse Racism

Here's one I wasn't expecting. When the Seahawks did win, there were quite a significant number of tweets referring to their quarterback as an Uncle Tom, though they chose far more colorful language than I. This seemed to be fueled, at least in part, by those who felt that Wilson "wasn't black enough," especially when compared to his teammate, Richard Sherman, who was blasted just two weeks earlier for his postgame tirade.

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FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Twitter is a dying medium and should really quit being focused on.  

Daniel Rodríguez Daál
Daniel Rodríguez Daál

I'm offended that news outlets report (promote) any tweet on the internet that is racist

gossamersixteen topcommenter

That Cheerios ad was clearly made for shock value, to generate buzz/word of mouth.. It's not as though they're promoting racial harmony.



As a white guy who's been married to a Black woman for over thirty years, let me assure you that if you go looking for racist comments/tweets you will certainly find them. The question is, why go looking for them? You know they're out there.

In all fairness, let me add that, in our over thirty years together, my wife and I have never encountered any rude or hostile behavior because of our mixed marriage. People may have "thought" some ugly things, but we've never heard any. Now, I realize things might be different if I were Black and my wife were white, but I believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt.

On a more humorous note, when I told my students that I was married to a Black woman, they asked me if we had any children. When I told them we had a son, they asked, "Does that mean he's Mexican?"


@gossamersixteen WTF is shocking about an interracial relationship? And yes, they're obviously promoting their product. No one was confused about that.


Now you don't want to go and make the owners upset, do you?


@tjiocca While working overseas I dated a bi-racial lady.  She was a triple threat.  Bi-racial, bisexual, and bipolar.  (No joke.)  I knew she had a "problem", but she got me to give her a chance.  Her mental condition was sort of under control with meds, but she still had major issues.  Her self-identity was conflicted since she considered herself "black", but was upset when people would stare at her in public.  I would have to gently remind her that I wasn't concerned about her identity, so she would get off the subject.  We couldn't stay together as a couple, but blacks in our office were supportive since they thought I was a "nice" guy for trying to be good to her.  We only had one minor incident where a black gentleman was a bit annoyed by our being together but that's on him.  As for the Super Bowl, nothing like a major event to attract both good and bad attention.

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