The issue isn’t even on stands yet, but the protest is already in full swing.
Earlier today, GQ announced that Colin Kaepernickwould be one of its annual “Men of the Year” and shared an images of the four special covers that would accompany the year ending edition.
One of the covers features Kaepernick in all black with the caption “Citizen of the Year.” The other covers show Stephen Colbert as “Bad Hombre of the Year,” Gal Gadot as “Wonder Woman of the Year” and Kevin Durant as “Champion of the Year.”
But just hours after the announcement, and well before the magazine is actually available for purchase, people angered by prominent placement the former quarterback-turned activist are calling for a boycott of GQ.
Others were supportive of the move and were fully expecting the protest to gain steam after the announcement. Others joked that those boycotting never read GQ anyway.
In Kaepernick’s cover story, “Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced,” GQ editors write that the free-agent quarterback wanted to contribute to the article and helped connect the magazine with 10 of his friends and confidants. He also posed for a series of photos in Harlem. But he declined to provide quotes for the story itself, citing a desire to remain silent.
“As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence,” the article explains.
Kaepernick garnered national attention last year by taking a knee during the national anthem as a means of protesting racial inequality and police brutality. He became a free agent in March and has remained unsigned this season, which prompted him to recently file a collusion grievance against NFL owners.