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NASCAR Driver Indefinitely Suspended For ‘Liking’ Meme On Social Media Mocking George Floyd

NASCAR Driver Indefinitely Suspended For ‘Liking’ Meme On Social Media Mocking George Floyd

“Gragson did not create the meme – he just liked it. And that could very well end his NASCAR career.”

The last time we checked in with NASCAR they were clutching their pearls over their #FakeNoose story.

NASCAR is again under fire for suspending driver Noah Gragson for the grievous, unforgivable act of . . . liking a social media post.

Apparently there was some sort of tasteless meme floating around that reportedly “mocked” the death of George Floyd, and some social media stalker who calls himself a “journalist” searched for people of note that “liked” it, started a cancel campaign against Gragson, and crybullied weak and woke NASCAR into suspending the driver.

Todd Starnes reports:

NASCAR Noah Gragson has been suspended indefinitely because he “liked” a meme that mocked the death of George Floyd.

The 25-year-old Gragson, who is from Las Vegas, is in his first full season in the Cup series and is No. 33 in points.

Gragson did not create the meme – he just liked it. And that could very well end his NASCAR career.

. . . . NASCAR says there’s no word on when or if he will return to the sport.

“NASCAR fully supports Legacy Motor Club’s decision to suspend Noah Gragson,” NASCAR said. “Following his actions on social media, NASCAR has determined that Gragson has violated the Member Conduct section of the 2023 NASCAR Rule Book and has placed him under indefinite suspension.”

Critics have accused NASCAR of taking a hard left turn and overreacting. They point out that Bubba Wallace was never punished for fabricating the infamous “noose” hoax. It turned out to be a garage door rope.

Personally, I have no idea what this meme even means, but it does seem rather tasteless. But being tasteless is a not a crime, nor is “liking” something that is tasteless.

Here’s the subhuman thought policer gloating about his virtue signalling that may have ended a young man’s career before it’s really even started (archive link).

For his own reasons, Gragson posted an apology to Twitter. Sigh.

Here’s the full text:

“I am disappointed in myself for my lack of attention and actions on social media,” he wrote. “I understand the severity of this situation. I love and appreciate everyone. I try to treat everyone equally no matter who they are. I messed up plain and simple.”

Needless to say, people have thoughts.

There can be no rewards for this sort of complete over-reaction based on a Democrat’s crybullying. The only way to end this madness is to stop spending your hard-earned money on any organization that takes a knee to the Democrat thought police.

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Time to form the Unoffended States of America.

Fuzzy, I’m guessing that the memo photo is possibly a reference to an animated crab character in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” and, a calypso-flavored song that he sang — “Under the Sea.” That’s the only thing that comes to mind.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to guyjones. | August 6, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    that is all I got too. After about 2 minutes of staring at it trying to figure it out.

      So glad it wasn’t just me. It is completely incomprehensible to me. Which really just begs the question, what on earth did NASCAR see here that was so egregious it needed to indefinitely suspend this guy?

        guyjones in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | August 6, 2023 at 11:48 pm

        I suspect that anything George Floyd-related is too radioactive to discuss, apparently. The guy has been canonized and can’t be mocked or ridiculed, in death. That’s what it seems to come down to. The meme isn’t particularly witty and is in poor taste, but, we’re living in an age of perpetual grievance and contrived outrage.

    That still doesn’t make sense to me, but I’m willing to go with it. 😛

    Good grief. Mishearing a lyric or a funny rhyme is the basis of ever parody song I write. “Under da sea” = “Under da knee” … in poor taste but it’s a f’n parody.

      Ah, that makes sense. Sort of. But what a crappy meme in the first place, not even counting that this kid is being railroaded over his ideology.

      NASCAR just wants a bunch of trans freaks and DIE-loving Democrats driving their cars. Let’s see how long they stay in business having chosen this niche audience to cater to.

        The mind of a parodist is like a pinball machine – bouncing to and fro’. A friend recently told me that any song what uses the word “girl” works equally well with “squirrel”. Naturally I had to try it. Imagine Clapton’s Layla as “Hey Squirrel” – what’s funny – I only thought the word “girl” was in that song – turns out I misheard it! Joke’s on me I guess.

        The Floyd meme was in poor taste and it was a stupid decision to like it. Still my heart goes out to the guy – for one purpose in parody writing is to bring levity to something that’s upsetting or tragic. Even so, there’s some where the best thing is to keep it to yourself.

        I don’t think a person can help what they find funny – amusing. But the left seems determined to control that. Dave Chapelle has some great takes on that stuff, and Ricky Gervais. The left has damn near killed comedy. So the shmuck saw it, got the joke, laughed and hit like? He should die. Not. But here we are.

        JohnSmith100 in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | August 6, 2023 at 9:42 pm

        This should be the latest Bud like boycott. Everyone should tune out from NASCAR. Instead of watching their shit, study self sufficiency skills and download a copy of Anarchists’ Cookbook. A fringe benefit of DYI is cutting taxes.

      Frezz in the hizzy in reply to MrE. | August 7, 2023 at 7:01 am

      It was a lame parody involving that song and character from The LM.

      To say it was rather poor taste doesn’t cover it. Joking about that in such a cutesy way is freaking sick.

      I don’t like this woke sh*t any more than anyone else, but Nascar has the right unless you want to argue otherwise.

      The guy is a dunce for liking that crap and unfortunately this is the world we live in.

        Seabisquit in reply to Frezz in the hizzy. | August 7, 2023 at 2:23 pm

        We will all agree that NASCAR has the right, just like Budweiser and Target. We also agree they are stupid to do so given their audience. Legacy Motor Club is more stupid. Not only do they upset their market, they have to replace their driver with someone well below a 33 ranking. It is like losing your #1 starter on a major league pitching staff. You are not going to replace him with someone who can generate an 18-5 record. You are replacing him with a minor leaguer who is a 5-18 type, or he would already be in the majors.

    InEssence in reply to guyjones. | August 7, 2023 at 1:13 am

    Well that’s it. If you are easily amused, it’s kind of funny. It’s sad to see Americans offended over absolutely nothing. I guess mass insanity is next.

    diver64 in reply to guyjones. | August 7, 2023 at 6:09 am

    Glad I’m not alone in this. Maybe reference to
    “I’d like to be
    Under the sea
    In an octopus’s garden
    In the shade”?

How many true NASCAR fans see Jeff Gordon’s Duport Rainbow livery as LGBQWERT++__@#$?

I think I am more offended that such a shit-tier meme is getting so much publicity. There isn’t much to get.

The hallway monitoring comparison in the thread about this incident is alarmingly accurate.

Never apologize.

    My thought, too.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to ghost dog. | August 6, 2023 at 9:49 pm

    Instead of apologizing, we should poor it on.

    CommoChief in reply to ghost dog. | August 7, 2023 at 11:07 am

    Not quite ‘never’; if you feel genuine remorse then sure go ahead and apologize with the understanding that the leftists will use it club you. In a case of genuine remorse the apology isn’t about them but rather about yourself and your path to work through the remorse/guilt. If an apology will speed that up and you are willing to take the increased heat from uncaring lefty trolls then sure go for it.

    However, making a pro forma ‘apology’ that reads like a hostage note or the result of a Maoist struggle session b/c you are pressured into it is flipping stupid. It won’t be accepted no matter how groveling and the leftists will use it as wedge to demand more and more. These sorts of coerced apologies are simple extortion and all calls to make one should be firmly rejected.

      Dathurtz in reply to CommoChief. | August 7, 2023 at 7:18 pm

      Or if you have wronged a real person whom you know. Or, sometimes, if they just think you have.

      But, an outrage mob? No. Never.

        CommoChief in reply to Dathurtz. | August 7, 2023 at 7:53 pm

        No definitely not to appease a mob they won’t be appeased.

        Personally I apologize to folks I don’t know if I accidentally bump into them in the store or whatever. A little politeness goes a long way.
        When/if it doesn’t work and some ass clown goes off screaming or advances in a threatening manner even after an apology…. he/she is making a decision to escalate the encounter so what happens next is on them.

MoeHowardwasright | August 6, 2023 at 8:30 pm

NASCAR has been dead for 30 years. They just didn’t know it. I haven’t watched a race for over 25 years. I mean really, who cares? I feel bad for this kid. The truth is the internet loves forever. Laugh with your friends of a like mind. Don’t crack jokes around people you don’t know. I don’t like it, but there it is.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to MoeHowardwasright. | August 6, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I see your point, but that is knuckling under, we should be pouring it on until they all blow their gaskets.

    OwenKellogg-Engineer in reply to MoeHowardwasright. | August 7, 2023 at 6:14 pm

    I don’t know who down voted your comment but my only observation is that they have not been dead, but have been dying for the past 25 years; this may be their Bud Light moment. But only if there are any true Nascar fans left. Something of which I am not so sure about anymore.
    I just up voted you btw.

There’s quite a collection of criminal black heroes in the last decade, all of whom did nothing good whatsoever.

Weird culture.

Crabs traditionally expresses other blacks pulling back any blacks that are about to climb of the crab trap. George Floyd would be a puller-back.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | August 6, 2023 at 9:21 pm

I don’t have a clue what that meme is supposed to be saying – why it is funny or anything.

That said, anything mocking the criminal neo-speedball freak is a good thing. Boy George was a menace to society and the police should be thanked for taking that drug-addled thug out from behind the wheel of the SUV before he ran over some innocent family or went crazy because some other store wouldn’t accept his counterfeit money.

As to NASCAR … they are slime. THere’ isn’t much else to say about them. Pure, unadulterated slime. They might as well hire Dylan Mulvaney as their next commissioner, or give him a pink car to drive around the track at 7 miles per hour.

Boy George was utter scum. He was killed by his own stupidity and massive neo-speedball of fentanyl and meth that he took that day. Anyone who supports Boy George or the wrongful persecution of the cops is an utter dirtbag, too.

stevewhitemd | August 6, 2023 at 9:25 pm

I’d like to be able to say that I’ll boycott NASCAR in protest of this, but I watched my last NASCAR race about the same time I had my last Bud Light — a long, LONG time ago. I shall hope that more fervent car racing fans pick up the torch and switch to Formula One.

NASCAR must have hired Bud Light’s PR person.

Back in the 2003 season I took a job of communications tech with a bottom end Nascar team. It was eye opening. At the end of the season I said goodbye. I got tired of the BS. I saw Nascar degrading back then. BTW: Fuck you Tony Stewart, Once an asshole always an asshole.

Suburban Farm Guy | August 6, 2023 at 9:50 pm

Never a fan but I had a decent opinion about NASCAR because, well, presumably they burn outrageous amounts of fossil fuels and tell anyone who objects to stuff it. So disappointed re the noose and now this… woke virus invades everything.

So when is the first all-electric Indy 500?

The NASCAR driver clicked his mouse once. Nobody was harmed. For that he’s indefinitely suspended? Why?

I don’t know what value they think this dude violated by clicking his mouse signaling he “likes” a stupid cartoon. I do not want to live in an oppressive society where people police your speech and thoughts and have the power to destroy your livelihood for wrongthink. That’s what living under the Stasi in East Germany was like.

NASCAR is dead

Just like the ladies of American soccer, could t have happened to a better group of girls

    diver64 in reply to gonzotx. | August 7, 2023 at 6:17 am

    I stopped years ago. The furor over the NRA car started it, Floyd helped it along, BLM nailed it down and Bubba No Talent sealed it.

Is that piece of trash Taylor Lorenze’s boyfriend? Make a good pair

Once this loser APOLOGIZED, he was dead to me. Never apologize for exercising your rights.

Did NASCAR hire Alissa Heinerscheid?

I live in NASCAR COUNTRY, 2.5 miles from CMS in Harrisburg. It was a small town between Concord and Charlotte. My wife and I were the eldest children and it was easy to get to either of our parents houses from here.

Don’t think that this is recent and let NASCAR fool you: It’s been dying for 33+ years. (If you don’t believe me, look up pictures of Charlotte Motor Speedway and see just how many permanent seats are gone.).

I attribute the decline in the sport to 3 things:

1) the decline in the auto industry (especially in the 1970s).
2) the cult of personality in the early 1980s (Tim Richmond, Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliot, Jeff Gordon, etc.) and
3) the TV commercialization of the sport with non-Auto and non-Motorsport Sponsors (Mountain Dew, Tide Detergent, M&Ms, etc.).

We moved here just before Hurricane Hugo, which did a number on the Speedway. So it didn’t repair/replace all of the damaged seating. It overpriced tickets to a point where it couldn’t sell out the seats. Back-stretch seats started to be sold for very little money. Then they were removed. Then they removed the Chrysler seating section. Seating is continually shrinking.

It’s the Pro-Wrestling of Motorsports. It’s Irrelevant. It’s over: Let it die.

texansamurai | August 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

not a lawyer but couldn’t this be viewed as a violation of the driver’s first ammendment rights ?–he goes on a public forum, clicks a button and electronically expresses his opinion–isn’t social media similar to the “public square?”–what right does NASCAR have to punish the driver for “expressing his opinion?”

ridiculous–take them to court

George Floyd had a very mockable death.

I was checking out the speedway near my new home town. They expressly forbid waving the stars and bars…. in the south.

I would love to follow motor sports, but Eff – you. Not going to go there.

Two simple ways to get NASCAR’s mind right:

1) Unless the other drivers think that suspension is a good thing, they can refuse to race until and unless the stupidity ends; and

2) People can refuse to watch the races if drivers still take part.

Now we’ll see what kind of men are NASCAR drivers.

Another life adversely impacted by the weaponization of the murder death of Saint George Floyd.

I’m not a Nascar fan and I’ve never heard of Noah Gragson. Now I love the guy. You have to love the Streisand effect.

I thought only ‘noose’ watchers did NASCAR. I might consider watching it now.

Private businesses can fire anyone they want to at any time. It would be a pitiful situation if they couldn’t. What’s most pitiful is that anyone would get themselves tied up in an occupation where they only have the possibility of one employer.