Angel Reece vs Jill Biden: the First Lady Fucked Up
I don’t know if anyone has been following the NCAA women’s championship kerfuffle with Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese. In short, both are fantastic players and both engage in a little of what we ballers call “smack.” Clark, Iowa’s superstar, likes to do the John Cena/you can’t see me gesture, and in the final the other day, LSU’s Reece did it to her as the game ended.
And the whole world blew up at Reece’s behavior. Want to guess what the diff is between Clark and Reece?
But public and media double standards aren’t enough, so First Lady Jill Biden said she wants to invite both LSU and Iowa to the White House.
This is a big tradition, of course – the winners of big championships (NCAA football and hoops, NBA, NFL, etc.) get to go to the White House. But inviting second place? This is not done. Until now, because the FL apparently admires Iowa’s “sportsmanship.” (At the risk of being cynical: she may be aware that “moderate” white folks in Iowa vote.)
And now Reece (and at least one Dem legislator) have released the hounds. Reece called Biden a joke and said we’re not coming.
The WH PR machine is now on spin cycle, but let’s be honest: Dr. Biden fucked up. I don’t think she’s a bigot, but this makes clear how the subtle racism is still very real, even in the words and actions of declared and dedicated social justice types. (And subtle can be worse than overt, especially at the West Wing level.)
I doubt this has ever occurred to her. But in context, “sportsmanship” is code.
I hope this gets ironed out. But if Lisa Bluder, Iowa’s coach, is a Republican, she can make some hay by coming out today and loudly accepting the invite.
While I agree with you overall, Reese’s gestures also included a stalking of Clark for several seconds while also pointing at her championship ring finger. Some might call that taunting. Yet no technical was assessed although Clark got a T simply for bouncing a ball out of bounds. I do not excuse the hand gestures by either player. Of course, the referees could put a stop to it all pretty quickly but we don’t really want to talk about the officiating in this game, do we?
Or any other game lately.