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Whitlock takes aim at "Marty B"

Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett, a backup who caught 20 passes as a rookie last year, has now caught the attention of Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star.

Bennett, as many of us know, likes to draw attention to himself by doing and saying outrageous things.  He’s the class clown with no real comedic skills, so he opts for the obviously outlandish.  (And, as a result, he’s sometimes funny.) 

We previously have commented on his blogging for the Dallas Morning News, a project with which he apparently has grown bored, given the lack of recent updates.  (Among other things, he has pontificated on topics such as dealing with a date who wasn’t as attractive as you remembered, and the age-old question of whether it’s appropriate for a female to, um, play the human kazoo.) 

Then there was the rap video featuring Bennett and, unfortunately for his wallet, a Cowboys helmet.  The “song” (which included the name of his quarterback and one of the few words with which it rhymes) resulted in a hefty fine for the player. 

More recently, “Marty B” has discovered Twitter, a microblogging platform that apparently is better suited to his attention span.

But it’s his most recent “Look at me!  Look at me!” effort that caused his name to land on the desk of Whitlock.  Bennett and his brother filmed a YouTube video featuring the “Black Olympics” — and Whitlock doesn’t like it.

“I wasn’t offended,” Whitlock writes of the “competition” based on eating fried chicken and watermelon, and drinking Kool Aid.  “I was sad.  I grew even sadder throughout Friday and
Saturday as it became apparent to me that Bennett’s grab for
controversy was being ignored.”

Later in his column, Whitlock admits that he has become “irate”.

His broader concern is that it’s one thing for black comedians and rappers to promote negative stereotypes against their own race, but that it’s quite another for a low-level black athlete to do so. 

Whitlock also is concerned that we’ve grown numb to such behavior, even when it comes from people who have no real business behaving that way.

But since Whitlock makes his points far better than we ever could for him, we’ll simply run a link to his column and let you read it yourself.

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41 Responses to “Whitlock takes aim at "Marty B"”
  1. Smush Rodrigez says: Jul 12, 2009 8:26 AM

    Somewhere in North America is asking:
    “What is next with that team? Romo and Witten filming the gay olympics?”

  2. JimmySmith says: Jul 12, 2009 8:31 AM

    Marty B is symbolic of the 09 Dallas Cowboys.
    No talent, all talk, and come Jan, sitting at home watching the playoffs with the rest of the fans.
    Forget 44-6, come the last game of the regular season, the Cowboys will be playing for draft position rather than a spot in the playoffs.

  3. Munny says: Jul 12, 2009 8:35 AM

    While this is not shocking to most of us, we have become accustom to making fun of our own religion and race as not to be hurtful to the others.
    Having grown up watching Mel Brooks & Jerry Seinfeld, and to a lesser extent Sacha Baron Cohen, the Jewish people seem to have made a mint of making fun of themselves and others. To simply state that now because everyone can afford to “broadcast” themselves and make their own clips, doesn’t mean that they are a lesser talent, or haven’t thought of doing that already.
    http://wejew.com/media/1767/Seinfeld_Dentist_Conversion/
    That links for you Florio.

  4. SlimPickens says: Jul 12, 2009 8:39 AM

    Whitlock is dead on. The promotion of racism in any facet is wrong.

  5. Alpheratz says: Jul 12, 2009 9:05 AM

    This nonsensical idea that only some can say things whereas others can’t is garbage.
    Either it’s appropriate to be said, or it isn’t.

  6. Just a Guy says: Jul 12, 2009 9:15 AM

    I’m more offended that Whitlock used his column to give this clown additional traffic. Seriously, nobody would even consider looking for anything that Bennett did. He’s a nobody who’s done nothing. Other than his family and a few friends who would have even seen it?

  7. VoxVeritas says: Jul 12, 2009 9:16 AM

    JimmySmith, you sure talk a lot of shit for a fan of a 6-10 team.

  8. empty13 says: Jul 12, 2009 9:18 AM

    yet modern liberals limit to themselves the authority to decide what cant and cant be said about whom.
    it’s bullshit.
    free speech means free speech.

  9. VoxVeritas says: Jul 12, 2009 9:24 AM

    Smush don’t be mad just because MartyB caught as many TD passes as Desean Jackson and Kevin Curtis combined.

  10. VoxVeritas says: Jul 12, 2009 9:32 AM

    I suggest fat boy Whitlock take it up with the 6’6″, 253 pound Martellus Bennett next time he sees him and really show his outrage.

  11. VoxVeritas says: Jul 12, 2009 9:36 AM

    “Bennett, as many of us know, likes to draw attention to himself by doing and saying outrageous things. He’s the class clown with no real comedic skills”
    That could apply to a lot of people. Including you and Artie Lange, Florio. Main difference between you guys and MartyB is that more people know who MartyB is.

  12. BleedGreen says: Jul 12, 2009 9:38 AM

    The problem is, people wonder where stereotypes come from.
    Black people themselves are their own worst enemies with stuff like this. ‘Black people eating chicken and drinking kool-aid is WRONG and STEREOTYPING’, yet you see things like this.
    Its a shame for all the upstanding nice african americans in the country that their own race are helping perpetuate the negative (why is eating chicken and drinking kool-aid negative anyway?) stereotypes like this. You don’t WANT to believe or further stereotypes, but when you go into an inner city, or heck, even suburbia, you see people, and not just blacks, but hispanics and asians and white people too, fulfilling the stereotypes that they all the while claim aren’t true.
    Where is Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson when black people are being racist? Why aren’t they talking smack? Because you know for sure that if it was a white guy doing this, they’d be all over him like …. white on rice.

  13. brownsfan1972 says: Jul 12, 2009 9:50 AM

    Give me a break! The best type of person, regardless of race or religion or even size or looks are the people that can joke and laugh at themselves. They are also the people that enjoy life the most. All the uptight people in the world that do nothing but worry about what other people are doing need to try and laugh sometimes. I commend Bennet for being able to joke and laugh at himself. And to comment on what SlimPickens said, “The promotion of racism in any facet is wrong”. Grow up. He is just having fun. He isn’t doing it to hurt anyone. Whats next? Is Jesse Jackson going to be commenting on this too?

  14. whuteva says: Jul 12, 2009 9:55 AM

    that kid Marty B is a clown, plain and simple. if buddy boy put as much time and effort into his nfl career as he did into thinking about women farting, he’d be an all pro (hard knocks did not cast him in the most intelligent light).

  15. StartTarvaris says: Jul 12, 2009 10:16 AM

    How is black people eating chicken and watermelon a NEGATIVE stereotype? If that makes this Whitlock guy sad, he must need medication to get through everyday life.

  16. Mad Cowboy says: Jul 12, 2009 10:30 AM

    I guess Whitlock is looking for a new whipping boy. He must have run out of material after the last couple of years of bashing Michael Vick and Ron Artest.
    Seriously, Whitlock, do you know what the definition of discrimination is? To think that it’s ok for Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle, or DMX to perpetuate stereotypes, but somehow it’s wrong that Marty B does it; that’s the epitome of discrimination.
    Marty is just flat-out odd and entertaining. Nothing wrong with that.

  17. EskinSux says: Jul 12, 2009 10:41 AM

    Who the hell cares?…..YouTube is full of stupid people doing stupid things…..

  18. VoxVeritas says: Jul 12, 2009 10:42 AM

    “that kid Marty B is a clown, plain and simple. if buddy boy put as much time and effort into his nfl career as he did into thinking about women farting, he’d be an all pro (hard knocks did not cast him in the most intelligent light).”
    Well gosh, he’s only had one NFL season. He’s not going to do a whole lot of anything from his spot behind Jason Witten but he was pretty productive last season when he was given the opportunity. Top 10 in TD receptions for TEs, top 3 in average per catch among TEs with 20 or more receptions.

  19. VoxVeritas says: Jul 12, 2009 10:46 AM

    “Somewhere in North America is asking:”
    Once again, Eagirls fans live down to my expectations.

  20. DoomsDayD75 says: Jul 12, 2009 11:49 AM

    At least it wasn’t a blunt smoking and Hennessy drinking contest.

  21. empty13 says: Jul 12, 2009 11:55 AM

    yet
    6-44*

  22. dlcreed44 says: Jul 12, 2009 12:32 PM

    This was the special olympics. The real Black Olympics would have included Travis Henry

  23. PasstheSB says: Jul 12, 2009 12:37 PM

    Does anyone else see how Florio is giving another so called writer(snicker) the good ole’ reach around?
    “But since Whitlock makes his points far better than we ever could for him, we’ll simply run a link to his column and let you read it yourself.” Why write about it you tanghole??? Why not just put a link to the column in the headlines. PFT is nothing more than regurgitated material stolen from other Websites.

  24. PasstheSB says: Jul 12, 2009 12:40 PM

    Your comment has been received and held for approval by the blog owner.
    Who approves the CRAP you STEAL from others??????

  25. glennski says: Jul 12, 2009 12:42 PM

    I don’t see why food stereotypes are offensive anyway. Would italian guys have an italian olympics where they ate plates of spaghetti be offensive? This video was crap because it just wasn’t funny, but don’t see it as racist.

  26. jaxeagle says: Jul 12, 2009 12:45 PM

    Jason Whitlock is an idiot, yes I am a black man and whatever the hell Marty B was doing is his idea of funny maybe if everyone wasn’t trying to be so PC that would get a laugh out of it and move on. There is no difference between what he did and Dave Chappelle’s I’m Rick James bitch skit or any skits he does for that matter. Some of the articles this Whitlock idiot has written is far worse then anything Marty B has done but oh yea I forgot Fatboy is a sportswriter so he has license to write whatever he wants.

  27. islebfrank says: Jul 12, 2009 1:01 PM

    People need to get over themselves!
    Two of my favorite comedy shows of all time are Seinfeld and the PJ’s. Seinfeld makes fund of white stereotypes, is written by the white Seinfeld and Larry David. The PJ’s are written by Eddie Murphy, who is also the voice of the main character, Thurgood Stubbs. I’ve never heard a word of complaint about Seinfeld’s racial profiling, but Eddie Murphy caught all kinds of hell for the PJ’s. Why the double standard?
    Remember…”If you can’t laugh at yourself, laugh at someone else!”
    FYI- If you’re interested, the 3 seasnon of the PJ’s is now available on DVD, and I highly recommend it. (I recommend when I’m not high, too!)

  28. Smush Rodrigez says: Jul 12, 2009 1:30 PM

    Vox, thanks for catching my typo…. meant to say:
    Somewhere in North America, T.O. is asking:
    “What is next with that team? Romo and Witten filming the gay olympics?”

  29. killwithme says: Jul 12, 2009 1:33 PM

    1…who cares, it’s Whitlock
    2…let me find an article someone else wrote a week earlier about this very topic.
    3…let me post it here for people to see that Whitlock stole the idea from someone else and tried to keep credit himself.
    4…Let you remove the topic entirely so people aren’t pointed to the original work and you get to protect your friend the fat ass
    5…Oh yeah, that happened last week.

  30. Smush Rodrigez says: Jul 12, 2009 1:34 PM

    I actually work somewhere where there is a lot of diversity. We actually make light of that and make jokes about stereotypes that would be considered politically incorrect. Everyone knows that no one is racist in any way and it is funny. We actually learn a lot from each other. The problem is putting something out on YouTube to people who are racist or hyper sensitve PC people.
    I have no problem with what they did and think it is funny (I did not read the article or watch the video).

  31. realityonetwo says: Jul 12, 2009 1:54 PM

    Who cares. It’s the slow season. Whitlock needs something to write about. Can’t wait until training camps when we can start reading real news again.

  32. empty13 says: Jul 12, 2009 8:18 PM

    seinfeld and david are actually jewish. and in these modern times it is ok for them to poke fun at anyone, especially white people.
    and it is verboten to criticize the self-chosen.
    i push back.
    you are asleep at the wheel, islebfrank.

  33. islebfrank says: Jul 13, 2009 12:42 AM

    My post was in support of free speech, which you were ranting in support of in your earlier comment, so who’s asleep here, empty?
    Sorry if I hit a nerve by using jews in my example. It could have just as easily been a show written by a whole bunch of what ever you are, and it wouldn’t have changed my point. That everyone should be fair game if anyone is fair game.

  34. SpartaChris says: Jul 13, 2009 1:56 AM

    VoxVeritas says:
    July 12, 2009 9:16 AM
    JimmySmith, you sure talk a lot of shit for a fan of a 6-10 team.

    Well, it doesn’t matter if you go 6-10 or 9-7 when your sitting at home come January. Last I checked, your Cowboys were sitting at home with us during the playoffs, making you absolutely not one lick better than we were.

  35. D.B. Cooper says: Jul 13, 2009 8:54 AM

    I respect Whitlock’s right to be a sports commentator but recognize that gays can be a little more sensitive than some and wonder if he might not be better suited to review Broadway plays or antique auctions.

  36. D.B. Cooper says: Jul 13, 2009 9:04 AM

    Whitlock….Whitlock…Whitlock… I KNOW I’ve heard that term before. I know! That’s the medical technique where your girlfriend grabs the base of your johnson to avoid going off too soon. Sure, they talked about that on Oprah. man, I always assumed that sportswriters used their real names.

  37. D.B. Cooper says: Jul 13, 2009 9:13 AM

    free speech means free speech.

  38. Daddy Mateo says: Jul 13, 2009 9:48 AM

    SpartaChris says: July 13, 2009 1:56 AM
    “Well, it doesn’t matter if you go 6-10 or 9-7 when your sitting at home come January. Last I checked, your Cowboys were sitting at home with us during the playoffs, making you absolutely not one lick better than we were.”
    So what you are saying is that the 2008 NE Patriots that were 11-5 were not one lick better than the 0-16 Detroit Lions b/c neither team made the playoffs??? Now I understand that the Dallas Cowboys are not the best team in the NFL by any means, and they haven’t won a playoff game since 1996 but to say that they aren’t better than some of the cellar dwellers in the NFL is just ignorant….

  39. texasPHINSfan says: Jul 13, 2009 1:01 PM

    much ado about nothing. what is different about this and the comedy that Dave Chappelle does? I like both, for the record.
    If it is clearly done in jest for humor, then so be it. “Marty B” isn’t going around lobbying for racsim or spreading negative propaganda. he’s playing off obvious stereotypes for a laugh. Many, MANY comedians have done the same for years.
    I normally like Whitlock, but he needs to take the stick out of his butt and enjoy some humor every once in awhile.

  40. texasPHINSfan says: Jul 13, 2009 1:02 PM

    what is the difference between this and when we joke about white people being horrible dancers? they’re racial stereotypes being exploited for humor.
    i don’t care. i’m laughing.
    people need to stop getting butt-hurt about stupid little things and start enjoying life & laughing already

  41. philgrek says: Jul 13, 2009 2:57 PM

    Great point Daddy Mateo. That is all.

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