#Roommates are y’all here for #LauraIngraham’s clear the air session? After receiving hella backlash for telling #LeBronJames and #KevinDurant to “shut up and dribble,” she is now claiming that it wasn’t a race thing.
She says the statement “shut up and dribble” originates from her 2003 New York Times bestseller ‘Shut Up & Sing.’
“In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called ‘Shut Up & Sing,’ in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to ‘Shut Up & Act,’ Jimmy Kimmel to ‘Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,’ and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to ‘Shut up & Coach.’ If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks – false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism. Additionally, we stated on my show that these comments came from an ESPN podcast, which was not the case – the content was unaffiliated with ESPN.”
Source: Mediaite, https://www.mediaite.com/online/laura-ingraham-responds-to-backlash-over-lebron-james-remarks-false-defamatory-charges-of-racism/
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