It’s easy for us to bash internet fighting sensation-cum-cage fighting superstar Kimbo Slice. He’s nothing but a brawler who can take a punch. He’s being hand-fed weak opponents who play right into his only strength. As soon as he goes up against an actual mixed martial artist he will get his arm snapped off or get choked out.
ESPN Page 2 writer L.Z. Granderson recently ripped Kimbo too, but not for any of the reasons listed above. Granderson called out Slice for pandering to the basest stereotypes of black men, assuming animalistic poses and facial expressions to create and cash in on a less than wholesome image.
He’s hardly the first or only person to behave this way. Kim Kardashian parlayed a “leaked” sex tape and the small window of instant celebrity into a bad reality TV show. A bunch of ghetto/trailer trash has paraded itself in front of Flavor Flav and Bret Michaels looking for love but willing to settle for several weeks of staged buffoonery in the hope of landing a spin-off, a la I Love New York.
Even in the MMA world we have fighters with little if any talent willing to take a short beating and clown for two months to promote a seafood restaurant or shove a water hose up their their tailpipe just to make their name stand out among a bunch of other unknowns.
So if Kimbo wants to cash in on his internet fame by debasing his entire race, I suppose that’s his right in this country. But if he wants to play the part of a clown in a minstrel show, then that’s the way we should treat his fights.