Cam Newton and the Panthers ( and a bunch of other people) are ready to move on from his incident with a Charlotte Observer reporter, whom he said some sexist things to last week during a press conference. So, he’s apologized, apologized again and explained that it was a joke gone bad (yeah, OK) and then on Sunday wore a pin of Rosie the Riveter, a World Word II icon used to promote women joining the war effort by working in factories during the war.
“I was trying to find a way to kind of hint a notion to all the women,” Newton said. “I did my homework on her and her impact on World War II. Not only on her, but all the women and females who played a big impact in creating equipment for World War II.
“It was symbolization for inferior and strong women.”
Look, I appreciate that Newton did the right thing and apologized and has been contrite in taking responsibility for his immature and sexist words. I think it’s great that he’s learning about feminist icons throughout American history.
But he has to realize that wearing a pin doesn’t make it better – no matter how often he expresses himself through his clothing. It just makes Rosie the Riveter a pawn in an apology tour that had to happen so there wouldn’t be any more distractions to football.
And actions – like respecting women in the press room in the future – will speak a lot more than a vintage pin ever could.
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