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 Today, Werdum has rescinded his spot in the bout and will not be facing Miocic, who was supposed to step in for Velasquez.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?


3 thoughts on “Voicing Criticism Means You are a “Hater”/Detractor Now?

  1. Troy, I remembered reading this a couple of days ago and wanted to come back to it as I’m starting to get my ire up over kind of the same thing, being labeled a hater and even being told there’s something wrong with me…for thinking Cam Newton is an idiot the way he conducts himself outside of playing football. I have always been a big fan of his talent but I do a 180 when it comes to celebrating a first down like a clown. Two words…BARRY SANDERS. Cam has always been disrespectful of the game and the opposition but now it appears to criticize him is to be called racist if you read some of the national media. ESPN can’t get enough of trying to continue to drive a wedge between races in this country but I shouldn’t be insulted by not being given credit for separating his antics from his color. Heck, I have a whole multi-racial list of pro athletes I feel the same way about…which is why in some ways it is even hard to watch sports anymore. Can’t we criticize anyone anymore without being accused of having a bigoted, limited mind? I love the player. I don’t love the theatrics. I don’t care if he’s white, black, purple, green…geez. Thanks for letting me come here to vent. Tell your girlfriend hello…and last Wednesday night’s Supernatural was awesome, wasn’t it?

    1. Yessir. Any opinion of dissent is met with hostility now. The media bringing race into everything is nonsense, too. They note how Cam’s jersey was only the 22nd bestseller this year among his NFL peers yet I don’t see many media outlets noting the fact that Russell Wilson (indeed a black quarterback) ranked #1. I’m slowly getting better about not reading the article comments of public forums on Facebook. I only use that site to keep up with some family that I otherwise never hear from. Ever since the “trends” section of the site was introduced, it’s been a big time hog because of the alluring clickbait! If only there was a setting on there to turn that crap off. Out of sight, out of mind!

      The little lady says hello back, and she concurs about the episode being awesome! (Again, wish I could chime in here, but I need to step up my viewing game!)

      1. Dude, your girl sounds like the very best thing that’s ever happened to you outside of sports. Watch. That. Episode. By the way…on Super Bowl Sunday TNT Network is running a Supernatural Marathon of Season 10 Episodes. She may be interested…you should be too…please let her know.

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