Floyd Mayweather defends Donald Trump's p***y grabbing comments and gets dragged online
In the social media age, it can often feel like everybody agrees about everything. Particularly when it comes to President Trump, people can hardly fathom how his supporters think, or how anyone can excuse his behavior. The reality is that the media's conception of reality is not accurate. Plenty of people believe that the President, while outrageous, is not in untouchable territory. Many believe that he simply 'tells it how it is'. One of those people is Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather has been friends with Donald Trump for years. Boxers get along rather well with him. In a recent interview with Hollywood Unlocked, Mayweather explained how he felt about the President's comments on last year's infamous Access Hollywood tape.
"People don’t like the truth. He speak like a real man spoke. Real men speak like, 'Man, she had a fat ass. You see her ass? I had to squeeze her ass. I had to grab that fat ass.' Right?"
"So he talking locker room talk. Locker room talk. 'I’m the man, you know what I’m saying? You know who I am. Yeah, I grabbed her by the p***y. And?'"
People took to Twitter to voice their dissatisfaction with Mayweather for embracing the most toxic elements of modern masculinity.
Of course, none of this is overly surprising. Floyd Mayweather has had a long history of domestic violence. In 2010, Mayweather hit his wife in front of their children, and served 90 days in prison for it. In 2002 he plead guilty to two counts of battery and domestic violence. He hit Melissa Brim, then the mother of his oldest child, with a car door and punched her multiple times in the face and body.
And yet, today Mayweather has seven different girlfriends, and is doing just fine. He has been rewarded, not punished, for his actions. No matter what he does, wealth and money continue to flock toward him. This says some pretty dark things about our human subconscious, largely that aggressive and violent men aren't always considered pariahs, and often are thought of as icons instead.
We all want to believe that we are good, yet even the best among us are stained with sins. Thomas Jefferson, genius that he was, owned slaves. He made an immense moral compromise. Bill Clinton, the Democratic Presidential icon, was every bit the alleged rapist that Donald Trump ever was. Powerful men get away with a lot, and their legacies remain complicated, and people are unwilling to pick them apart.
We all have a shadow inside us, that wishes to conquer and use all the world for our benefit. We claim to rail against this shadow, and yet when the barbarians are on our side, we're glad to have strength fighting for us. Donald Trump and Floyd Mayweather are both titans of a strand of masculinity that has worked out exceedingly well for them despite its ugliness. Why is that? Are we really little more than highly-evolved apes, and carry forth our primitive thinking like genetic programs?
Can we moralize our way out of this cave?