Twitter Bio: Freelance New York Radio Personality. Co-host the Weekend Watchdogs. Tweet about sports/media. Named Top 100 Must-Follow Sports Business Accts 2014 by @forbes
I am going to ignore all those accolades and just assume that a "freelance New York radio personality" is just a guy sitting in his parent's basement, yelling his opinions on sports into a shoe. That would be the only legitimate reason why I spent 29 years living in the greater ti-state area and never heard of Mike Silva.
Regardless, as someone that is involved with the media you can't just going around making up phrases. Well, I guess you can if the only thing of note that you have done is grabbed a mention on this stupid blog. However, the point remains. Calling someone "hip hop" as an adjective is not a thing unless you are referring to things that actually relate to the culture. I am the last person to get offended by a silly meaningless tweet. I am the last person to cry racism. I don't think this is a racist opinion. I think it's an extremely dumb opinion that happens to have racial undertones. Don't believe me? How many white quarterbacks has Mike Silva ever referred to as 'hip hop'? No Mike, calling someone 'hip hop' and calling them a 'millennial' is not the same thing because millennials aren't often characterized by a race, color, or creed. Yes, Geno Smith has has maturity issues. Yes, he hasn't done his best work in front of news camera. However, referring to a player as a "garbage hip hop loser quarterback" is a classic example of piling on. Geno Smith is a garbage, loser quarterback, but other than signing with a reputable agency that happens to be run by a prestigius rap mogul, he has done nothing to promote hip hop culture.
The fact of the matter is that you just can't say that two things are similar because you don't like them, or you think society would be better off without them. That would be like comparing the Buffalo Bills quarterback situation to cancer. They both make people extremely sick and there doesn't look to be a credible remedy in sight. It would be like comparing the NFL front offices to ISIS because they play by their own rules and don't concern themselves with external laws. I hate feminists and I hate LeBron James, but just because they are both too wrapped up in themselves doesn't mean that they are at all alike. See how that works? You can find commonalties between anything if you try hard enough. That tweet above makes the same point if the words 'hip hop' aren't included in it. That's why people are upset. If Geno Smith got 'chin checked' because he was freestyling about IK Enemkpali's mother then you can use that story to disparage rap and criticize Geno Smith. Until then, Mike Silva's hatred of hip hop and his hatred of Geno Smith should remain mutually exclusive. Yes, Smith's play on the football field can be considered offensive, and even disrespectful, but it's in a much different way then an entire genre of music. This guy took one negative aspect of a form of art that most black people take pride in, and dumbed it down to portray a shitty black quarterback, yet doesn't get how that could be taken as derogatory towards African Americans? Next thing you know he is going to say that Geno "doesn't sound educated" or that his proclivity to being mobile outside of the pocket is a reflection of his skin tone.