Steven Seagal Finds Kneeling for Anthem ‘Disgusting’ But Thinks Being Steven Seagal is Fine

This past Sunday, when I watched football and saw that most NFL teams had made some sort of protest during the national anthem, my first thought was “I wonder what a fat, past his prime action star from the 80’s who was never anything more than a second-rate Schwarzenegger has to say about this.” Luckily, thanks to a fat, past his prime phone hacking reporter, I have my answer. Steven Seagal went on Good Morning Britain to complain about football players taking a knee to Piers Morgan, one of the only people who is more of an asshole than Steven Seagal.

Seagal did not disappoint, voicing one of the dumbest opinions on this that I’ve heard since… well, since the President of the United States weighed in on it, but at least in his case it was a distraction from him fomenting a nuclear war with North Korea. Uproxx had a transcript of Seagal’s comments.

“I believe in free speech. I believe that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t agree that they should hold the United States of America or the world hostage by taking a venue where people are tuning in to watch a football game and imposing their political view. I think it’s outrageous. I think it’s a joke. It’s disgusting. I respect the American flag, and I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag. I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior. I think it’s an outrage.”

Okay, so here’s the first thing. Steven Seagal apparently thinks his movies were real. Like, no one told him was an actor, I guess, and he thought he was really kickboxing against terrorists because he was a bad enough dude to save the president… I didn’t watch a lot of Steven Seagal movies, I preferred good action stars like Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan.

The other thing going on here is that players coming onto the field and standing for the national anthem is imposing a political view to begin with. You might not know this, but before 2009, NFL teams didn’t come out of the locker room until after the national anthem. They started doing so because the league got millions of dollars of taxpayer money from the Department of Defense and the National Guard to advertise for the military, and players standing for the anthem on the field is part of that advertisement. So while senate Republicans are trying to take away your health insurance and asking who is going to pay for the same single-payer health care that every other developed nation in the world has, remember that we’re paying football players to be on the field during the national anthem. And that, Steven Seagal, is the real outrage. Well, that and having paid full price to see Under Siege.

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