What’s in the movie that Kyrie Irving has been promoting on Twitter?
“Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” must have been made specifically for Kyrie Irving.
The movie at the center of the latest Irving scandal has everything the Nets star could want. There is a conspiracy theory that involves the fate of a people he cares about. Truths will be “exposed,” the film tells the viewer, about the true identity of the Israelites. There’s a lot of guesswork, dot-connections, pseudo-linguistics and etymology, including several whole minutes devoted to the origin of the word “España”.
This all leads to the theory that black people are the original Israelites – and their pain, from slavery to their experience in the United States, may be traced back to a biblical curse.
“For many awakening black people in America,” intones the narrator of the film, written and directed by Ronald Dalton Jr., “we now know that all of our struggles in America are due to the curse of Israel.”
It’s the kind of fodder you won’t learn in history class that Irving seems to be looking for, whether he’s espousing flat Earth theories or finding a way not to take a Covid vaccine- 19.
Nearly two and a half hours into the three and a half hour slog of a “movie” – and apparently not a high school PowerPoint presentation – this is what appears on screen:
The narrator continues: “The true Israelite identity of the so-called Negro has been concealed for so long. The mass media is the greatest tool of indoctrination, brainwashing and propaganda the world has ever known. For centuries he has helped Satan deceive the world, including the Christian church. You do not believe me ?
You can imagine Irving, who said he watched the movie, leaning forward, right? His mind is ready to be blown.
And then this text starts scrolling:
Oh. In addition to blaming “mass media,” the film slanders the Jewish people with the tired, baseless trope about shadowy puppeteers who run the world.
The film claims to quote Harold Wallace Rosenthal in a pamphlet that the Anti-Defamation League has called a “fabricated document”. Such questions – of truth – hardly interest the film, which also attempts to quote Adolf Hitler (labeled as “Adolph”) and asserts: “The Jews have established five major lies which aim to conceal their nature and protect their identity. . status and power.
Among these apparent “lies” is the fact that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
You attract people like Irving with the moderately interesting, then whitewash with the anti-semetic.
If the movie – adapted from a book of the same title – was created just for Irving, then it hit the mark. Irving shared the 2018 film on Twitter Thursday, which caught the attention of the media and ultimately the attention of Nets owner Joe Tsai, who said he was “disappointed” that his point guard had promoted a film that includes such dangerous anti-Semitic notions.
Irving, a player as talented as he is disconcerting, has not been sanctioned, at least not yet. He presents himself as a free thinker, but perhaps he is more provocative or upsetting. Is it antisimetic? That’s a question the Nets should ask themselves and ask Irving.
The Post’s Mike Vaccaro advocated that the Nets release the superstar. Every day his status looks more precarious for a team that improved to 2-5 on Monday night with a 116-109 victory over the Pacers – and a team that has been an absolute disaster since he and Kevin Durant united their forces in Brooklyn as of 2019.
What was your favorite game during Irving’s Nets tenure? Not too many that come to mind, are there? How about a favorite controversy? Each seems more dangerous than the last.
Irving has 17.5 million followers on Instagram and 4.6 million on Twitter. It’s the audience that sees a recommendation for a film full of anti-Semitism. (And one whose HD version costs $49.99 to buy on Amazon. Anti-Semitism pays, apparently.)
Few people had heard of the movie a few days ago, and now it’s all over social media. That’s how products — and beliefs, especially troubling — can spread in 2022. Irving knows this.
“I’m not going to give up anything I believe in,” the 30-year-old said on Saturday. “I’m only going to get stronger because I’m not alone.”
He finished his statement and literally dropped the mic with words that should be haunting: “I have a whole army around me.”
Maybe his mind has changed. Irving finally deleted his tweet about the film on Sunday. Maybe this scandal will die down.
But either way, it’s hard to envision his Nets tenure ending on a high note. He’s bright enough to realize his reach, bright enough to want to know more. He’s obviously not smart enough to realize that his simple questioning shtick can have disastrous consequences.
Irving is built for the internet, and his stardom has provided a nearly unrivaled platform. That’s how he uses it.
Today’s last page
The white shadow in the Jets QB image
What led to Mike White’s curious promotion to quarterback ahead of the Jets’ Sunday loss to the Patriots? Did the Jets decide on the spot that they liked White enough — or distrusted Zach Wilson enough — to put White in a position to help? Or did Joe Flacco do something to deserve a demotion to the third string?
Head coach Robert Saleh told reporters Monday that Wilson, barring an injury, will be the Jets’ starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. But White’s impending presence no doubt applies more pressure on Wilson, who will surely hear “Mike White!” sings the next time he fights at MetLife Stadium.
Otherwise, why would the Jets decide before their Week 8 game – two months into the season – that White is suddenly a better option than Flacco? There’s little buzz around Flacco, who fans have probably seen enough of in the first three games this season. White, a decade younger than Flacco, became an unlikely fan favorite after his Cinderella game against the Bengals last year.
“We need to know what we have in Mike,” Saleh said on Monday, referring to the 27-year-old as one of their youngsters.
An argument for more looks for emerging players, even in practice, would hold more water if the Jets were 3-5 instead of 5-3.
The Jets are surely hoping Wilson becomes the star they envisioned when they drafted him with the No. 2 pick last year. Otherwise, the Jets invited quarterback controversy simply by shaking their depth chart.
What’s in store at the NFL Trade Deadline?
Another big name moved on Monday in a surprising flurry of activity ahead of the NFL’s trade deadline: linebacker Roquan Smith, the league’s leader in tackles, was traded from the Bears to the Ravens for draft picks. second- and fifth-round draft picks and linebacker AJ Klein.
The Giants traded Kadarius Toney to the Chiefs. The Jets picked up James Robinson. The 49ers have added Christian McCaffrey. Robert Quinn was sent to the Eagles. Robbie Anderson arrives with the Cardinals.
A league not used to trades is getting better. The deadline for more exchanges will be today at 4 p.m. The Giants badly need a receiver, and the Jets have several wide that would welcome trades. Could Elijah Moore or Denzel Mims switch from Gang Green to Big Blue?
Probably not, but the possibilities at least are fun.