No institutions are safe from the politics of the Left.
Not even professional sports are immune.
And NASCAR went “woke” with one unbearable message.
Chants of “F*ck Joe Biden” are reverberating around the country as Americans’ dissatisfaction with the president grows.
And from that dissatisfaction sprang the euphemistic chant “Let’s go, Brandon,” which originated as NASCAR driver Brandon Brown was interviewed at the winner’s circle after a race.
As NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast interviewed Brown, she made note of the crowd cheering, unaware people were chanting “F*ck Joe Biden.”
After she realized what the crowd was saying, she fumbled for words and said they were cheering, “Let’s go, Brandon.”
It was obvious to everyone what was going on, which is what makes it so amusing.
Since then, the chant has become a national phenomenon with multiple “Let’s Go, Brandon” rap songs reaching the top of the iTunes download chart.
But NASCAR is not amused with the chant, and came down in support of the Biden administration.
From The Associated Press:
NASCAR denounced its association with the “Let’s go, Brandon” political cry being used across the country as an insult directed at President Joe Biden. Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s president, said Friday the top motorsports series in the United States does not want to be associated with politics “on the left or the right.”
Phelps also said NASCAR will pursue action against any illegal use of its trademarks on merchandise boasting the slogan.
But NASCAR has been political in the past.
Just last year, NASCAR made a big ado about being in support of the neo-Marxist Black Lives Matter movement.
“We will pursue whoever (is using logos) and get that stuff…That’s not OK. It’s not okay that you’re using our trademarks illegally, regardless of whether we agree with what the position is…It’s an unfortunate situation and I feel for Brandon. I feel for Kelli…I think unfortunately it speaks to the state of where we are as a country. We do not want to associate ourselves with politics, the left or the right.”
If NASCAR wanted to remain apolitical, Phelps could have said nothing, but instead he chose to condemn the chant.
Also, he may feel for Brandon Brown, but he thought the chant was humorous.
The AP continued:
That’s a reversal on NASCAR’s long history of allowing political candidates to use its races as campaign stops. President Donald Trump was the honorary starter at the Daytona 500 in 2020 and the sold-out February crowd made NASCAR’s Super Bowl feel like a campaign rally until his plane flew over the Florida speedway after his command to start the engines. Drivers and their families posed for selfies with Trump ahead of the race, and in early 2016 reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott was among a handful of drivers who attended a Georgia rally with then-NASCAR chairman Brian France in support of Trump. Several in the group, including NASCAR’s most popular driver, spoke on stage.
Suddenly, NASCAR does not want to be political, which could be a signal that it is yet another organization that has gone “woke.”