There are many things that can be said about millennials.
Some of these things are both good and bad.
Some say that millennials are selfish and uncoachable.
Others say that they are innovative and skilled.
There does, however, seem to be one consensus:
Millennials are one of the most open-minded and inclusive generations.
Now, can you imagine a world where everyone is inclusive and open-minded?
Sometimes, I believe that we’re striving toward that goal…
… And then, I watch an interview with LaVar Ball and Kristine Leahy and I think again.
There are many disrespectful things said during this interview and although I’d like to highlight each and every single one, that’s not why I’m here.
So, I’ll just focus on the worst.
At one point during the interview, the male reporter, Colin Cowherd, asked about the sales standing for LaVar Ball’s “Big Baller Brand.”
Fox Sports 1 reporter, Kristine Leahy followed up, asking “how many” shoes the brand had sold.
Without even turning to look in her direction, he raised his right hand, as if shoo-ing her away and said, “Stay in yo lane.”
That’s not all, folks.
Sometimes people are ignorant, and although his remarks upset many, there were also people coming to LaVar’s defense, saying that Leahy set him up to sound sexist.
Well, we could have just agreed to disagree, but LaVar had other plans.
Instead of apologizing for his remark or even just letting the dust settle, he decided to further prove his insensitivity.
LaVar’s “Big Baller Brand” now sells new merchandise:
“Stay in yo lane” shirts.
I wish I were kidding.
USA Today sports does a great job covering Big Baller Brand’s new move in the retail world in the article, “LaVar Ball is turning his disrespectful ‘stay in yo lane’ remark into merchandise,” if you’d like to be further irked.
It’s one thing to say something hurtful; it’s another to turn it into a business strategy.
We, as millennials, cannot change LaVar’s statement.
We cannot even change his merchandise inventory.
But if we, millennials, are as innovative, open-minded and inclusive as is perceived, we won’t be supporting “Big Baller Brand” any time soon.
Let’s prove ’em right, millennials.