Anytime there’s an article written or a video featuring someone who’s speaking out, in some form or fashion, no matter how significant or insignificant, they are labelled a “hater” or, as I like to call it, a “detractor”. I’m talking about criticism being dished out, and no, not vitriolic spew but constructive criticism.
Case in point:
That’s Josh Barnett. He’s a heavyweight fighter in the UFC. In 2002, he became the youngest fighter to win the heavyweight title, in which he did so at 24-years-old. He’s had a long and much celebrated career and has travelled the world, fighting in various MMA organizations. In the video above, he’s speaking about Fabricio Werdum pulling out of his UFC 196 bout with opponent Stipe Miocic.
Here’s the kicker: Werdum was originally supposed to fight former heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez in a rematch. Yesterday, it was announced that Velasquez had pulled out of the fight due to an injury (sciatica). Today, Werdum has rescinded his spot in the bout and will not be facing Miocic, who was supposed to step in for Velasquez.
Barnett makes some good points in the video about why Werdum would do such a thing — the Brazilian heavyweight champ is 38-years-old and has displayed the best fighting of his career the last couple of years. Werdum is virtually in his prime, but as Barnett also noted, a loss would deface all of what he’s done and set him back, and at 38 years of age in the fighting game, that would be a tough pill to swallow, not to mention the inevitable loss of money in the future from losing the title and hence fighting in non-title bouts going forward would be substantial.
That kind of opinion is not coming from a “hater”. That’s coming from a well thought out view.
The video was posted on Facebook, and the comments are littered with what you’d expect.
One can find this kind of crap everywhere. If you have an opinion about something that is not positive and you share it, somehow you are a “hater”. Why is this? Why are dissenting opinions immediately dubbed as, “words from a jealous hater”? What happened to conversation? What happened to constructive criticism or debate? Now, if there’s any kind of debate, being the devil’s advocate of the “rah rah” pro group means you are a “hater”. What the hell?
I really need to start following my girlfriend’s sage advice of not reading the comments, but it’s a habit. Sometimes there’s a pearl of wisdom in a crowd full of verbal excrement.
I was met with the same bullshit by hindsight heroes around the world (country?) after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals, because I called the Warriors overrated early on in the season. I admitted to being wrong, but the hindsight heroes from around the web had the fun doings of gloating about me being wrong, and in doing so, denounced yours truly as a “hater”. What?