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Left-wing hero LeBron James has seemingly taken a stand against COVID orthodoxy, triggering a little rage from COVID zealots but far less than is usually directed at any conservative who also dissents against this veritable religion.
On Christmas Day, the NBA star posted a meme to Instagram depicting three iterations of Spider Man, with each Spider Man pointing at the other.
It was a reiteration of the “Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man” meme, which is based off of a clip from the original “Spider-Man” cartoon series.
In episode 19b, named “Double Identity,” a villain tries to imitate the super hero, leading to a scene of them pointing at each other, with each claiming the other is the imposter and that they are the real Spider Man.
Many years later, the scene was converted into a meme used to point out how two different things are basically the same.
Except in James’ version, there were three versions of Spider Man, and more importantly, they were named COVID, Cold and Flu. He appeared to be suggesting that all three are virtually the same in some aspects.
View the meme below:
View this post on Instagram
Symptom-wise, he had a point, or at least regarding the Omicron variant.
The most common symptoms of the variant are a “runny nose,” a “headache,” “fatigue,” sneezing” and a “sore throat.”
Dr Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency: “Omicron is the most significant threat we’ve had since the start of the pandemic.”
These are the symptoms of this “most significant threat”: pic.twitter.com/fqbgRWnk0x
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) December 25, 2021
That being said, the coronavirus continues to kill people — mainly those who are either unvaccinated or suffer from comorbidities — and so James’ tweet provoked some outrage, though it seemed somewhat muted.
Here are a few examples (*Language warning):
Lol this the same guy who never makes it past the first few pages of a book? 🤔
Pro tip: Don’t ever listen to people who don’t READ. Reading is fundamental.
Total number of deaths in America over the past two years:
Incredibly irresponsible, misinformed and inadvisable post from LeBron https://t.co/NaeMRLZl57
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) December 24, 2021
— James Boyd (@RomeovilleKid) December 24, 2021
China James aka LeBron Blames aka
The Fakest Guy in the NBA doesn’t know the difference between
a cold, a flu & COVID?
I Stand Disgusted & Disruptive!!!
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) December 24, 2021
Note that foul-mouthed Hollywood actor Michael Rapaport has long been beefing with James.
What you won’t find on Twitter are any “journalists” and commentators from CNN and MSNBC — two networks known for their COVID zealotry — excoriating James.
As of Sunday, also missing were scathing columns from the likes of The Washington Post and The New York Times tearing into him for his “misinformation.”
Also, just like an anti-white BuzzFeed column has been allowed to trend on Twitter despite the social media network’s “hate speech” rules, so has James’ meme despite the network’s “misinformation” rules.
This discrepancy in treatment hasn’t gone unnoticed.
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) December 24, 2021
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 25, 2021
That being said, there are two additional types of responses that can be seen on online.
The first type is excitement and praise from conservatives who’ve been arguing the same point:
Combined with Joe Biden declaring “Let’s Go Brandon!” & the NFL finally admitting asymptomatic spread is a myth, @KingJames posting this meme (effectively ending the pandemic within sports) may make this the greatest Christmas Eve in the history of conservative/rational America! pic.twitter.com/aWa1P0ZEr5
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) December 24, 2021
I’m loving how many top athletes, coaches, and GMs are finally starting to speak out about this covid testing absurdity. Their voices are a powerful statement on returning to normalcy in this country and helping to destroy the coronabro losers in sports media.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 24, 2021
I don’t see this as remotely political. You’re either on team sanity or team insanity when it comes to neverending covid restrictions. I’m always happy to add new recruits to team sanity.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 24, 2021
The second type is defensiveness from some of James’ fans who say he was just sharing a “harmless” meme:
Damn its a harmless meme, as soon as he dosent agree with you he’s not intelligent? That’s just stupid in itself dawg
— habitual line steppa (@davidbaine7) December 25, 2021
Its crazy how ppl don’t understand this meme and its been around since the start of the pandemic 😂 its just pointing out how confusing it is to know which 1 of the 3 you actually have until you are able to get a test.
— 😈 Truzz (@luh_sunny) December 24, 2021
It’s just a meme about not knowing what you have when you get sick. Calm down people.
— Cuz Cuz (@CuzCuz9) December 26, 2021
Why can’t @KingJames post a meme it’s really not that serious. Idc who he is bottom line is he is a person just like any of us and I’m willing to bet most of the people coming at him have posted memes that some find offensive. All it’s saying is the symptoms are related.
— Dallas Hicks (@DallasHicks12) December 25, 2021
It’s believed James posted the meme out of frustration with the NBA’s COVID protocols.
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