ESPN's Live Fantasy Football Auction Probably Could Have Benefited From A Little Bit More...Uhh...Color
Annnnd here's the end result when you watch 'Get Out', and think "hey, that scene where they sold off the black guy's athletic ability to the highest of extremely white bidders would play great on our nationally broadcasted Fantasy Football special!"...
Seeing as I don't think that ESPN stands to benefit from airing a segment that serves as ode to the days of slave labor, I'm going to go ahead and say that this idea was just as innocent as it was stupid. I'm not so sure the worldwide leader in forced entertainment needs to be offering any public apologies because you'd really have to be asshole to think that their intentions were as questionable as their execution, but - with that said - I do have one question...
Where are all the minorities?
I know that Bristol, Connecticut isn't exactly a hub of cultural diversity, but if you're going to hold up the face of an African American for auction then it might be wise not to restrict your invitations to people that just waltzed off the 18th green. I don't know if the country club vibe is what was solely responsible for making this whole scene more cringeworthy, but I can't imagine that subbing out Sperry's target demographic for some sneakerheads would have hurt this extremely unfortunate optic. I admittedly play fantasy football with a predominantly caucasian group of friends, but generally our drafts don't look like a company-wide conference at Dockers. Shit, even Tommy Hilfiger would have known to call up his "black friend" to keep things a bit more colorful if he knew there were going to be cameras around.
Undoubtedly, a vast majority of fantasy football auctions are going to have a bunch of white dudes giddily bidding on Odell Beckham. However, when that auction draft is being held on cable television, the key is to mix in at least a few people that don't look like they would predominantly use his ridiculous hands to help clean their summer home.