Stand up, You’re Rockin’ the Boat

Author’s note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the controversial body language of professional athletes.

MOM: Game’s on, Pop.

POP: Thanks, Mom. I must’ve dozed off.

Sign Up for E-News

MOM (sotto voce): For a change…

POP: Huh?

MOM: I said you need to change the channel.

POP:  Oh, yeah. Where’s the remote?

MOM: Search me.

POP: We could do that later, you frisky thing you.

MOM: You’re probably sitting on it.

POP: Yep. Here we go. Just in time for the anthem.

MOM: Oh-oh.

POP: What “oh-oh”?

MOM: These days, that’s like a land mine on the field of battle.

POP: Tell me about it. Some people just don’t get it.

MOM: Which people?

POP: The millionaire warriors.

MOM: What don’t they get?

POP: Like the old song says, “Stand up, you’re rockin’ the boat.”

MOM: You mean the song that goes, “Sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat,” from Guys & Dolls?

POP: That’s my point. In this case, they’re rockin’ the boat when they’re not standing up.

MOM: Why?

POP: Because it’s disrespectful to not stand.

MOM: Why?

POP: Because everybody else stands.

MOM: Why?

POP:  Because it’s respectful.

MOM: You’re not standing right now, though.

POP: You’re right. (Stands up.)

MOM: Very nice. But you never do that any other time the anthem is playing on TV.

POP: Well, I’m at home.

MOM: You stand for the flag and the anthem only when in the middle of a crowd of people, who can see what you are doing? Is that the rule?

POP: There is no rule. It’s common sense. It’s common decency.

MOM: When did kneeling become indecent? We do it in church. Was there an executive order I missed?

POP: This isn’t church, is it?

MOM: On Sunday, the way some of the more fanatical fans act, it sure seems like their church.

POP: Nonetheless, we kneel in the pews because we are worshipful, and we stand in the stands because we are proud to be American. We are thankful to be American. We are lucky to be American.

MOM: Amen. That’s how I was brought up. My dad—may he rest in peace—as you know, was a proud World War II veteran. Until the day he died, he stayed close to his Army buddies, who fondly called him “Sarge.”

POP: That’s what I’m talking about. Now that is something very special. A great guy, your dad. I used to love watching the games with him.

MOM: He love watching with you. Somehow, I don’t recall him standing at home during the pre-game ceremony, do you?

POP: No. But What’s your point?

MOM: If my dad were standing here today, Pop, he would tell you something that might surprise you.

POP: What’s that?

MOM: My dad would tell you that one of the things he fought for in World War II is to protect the right of American citizens to decide for themselves whether they want to stand up for the flag and the anthem… or, for whatever reason, not do that. Freedom of choice, he’d say. Sitting down, he’d tell you, don’t mean squat. The position your body is in isn’t a yardstick of your patriotism. My dad didn’t arbitrarily judge people like that. He believed patriotism, in part, meant having a mind open and fertile enough to tolerate differing points of view.

POP: That’s all well and good, I’m sure, but if you can’t conform to appropriate behavior, as defined by the masses, you must suffer the consequences.

MOM: What might those be?

POP: Consequences present themselves, sometimes when you least expect it.

MOM: Sounds threatening.

POP: Oh, well. Not my problem.

MOM: But judging those who take a knee for reasons of their own… that IS your problem?

POP: Darn tootin’.

MOM: Sounds like one of those countries where democracy is a dirty word. Where the powers that be tell you how to behave—or else.

POP: That’s fascism.

MOM: You said it.

POP: Can you grab me a cold one, Mom?

MOM (sotto voce): Kiss off.

POP: What?

MOM: I said they’re getting ready to kick off. I’ll see you Monday.

Bruce “The Blog” Apar is sole proprietor of public relations agency APAR PR and is a partner in Adventix, which helps performing arts venues increase ticket sales. He also is an actor, a community volunteer, and a contributor to several periodicals. Follow him as Bruce The Blog on social media. Reach him at bapar@pinpointmarketingdesign.com or 914-275-6887.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Mahopac

America's Pizza Crisis

To me, pizza is the perfect food.

It contains all your major food groups: dairy, vegetables, bread and meat. It needs no alterations, no improvements, no changes. It is perfect in its pristine, glorious incarnation—unless you are in Chicago. I don’t know what the hell that thing is.

But like any good meal, the key to stellar pizza is the recipe and the quality of the ...

Old? Sick? Disabled? Die Broke!

Immediately after passing the $1.5 trillion tax reform bill last December—further enriching the “one-percenters” and exploding the national debt—House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to a throng of fellow conservative legislators in the U.S. Capitol rotunda as they congratulated themselves on their dubious achievement. 

“House Republicans will aim to cut spending on ...

A (Burnt) Toast to Love and Marriage, on the Rocks

In its first few moments, sitcom-style comedy “Clever Little Lies” grabs audience attention right away, with one of the most revealing wardrobe changes you’ll ever see on stage. It is done modestly but just provocatively enough to elicit vocal appreciation from amused patrons.

The fast-paced play, starring Richard Kline of TV comedy classic “Three’s ...

The Adventures of Superdog

I was always very impressed that my dog could bark on command and come when I called his name, until I read in the newspaper about a dog that saved his owner’s life by calling 9-1-1. Apparently, when his owner had a seizure, the dog pushed a speed-dial button for 9-1-1, barked into the receiver for help, and then opened the door when the responders arrived.

Honestly, though, it’s ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Carmel Cinema 8, Carmel

Screening: “Suicide: The Ripple Effect”

Health & Wellness

Fri, July 27, 12:00 PM

Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park, Carmel

Putnam County 4-H Fair

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education Food & Drink

Carousel_image_cacd9d489f78ac41874a_2018_july_rabies_flyer

Sat, July 28, 10:00 AM

Hubbard Lodge, Cold Spring

PCDOH Free Rabies Clinic

Health & Wellness