But when celebrities use their platforms to champion a cause for underrepresented people who don’t share their wealth or social standing, to no personal gain (and in Kaepernick’s case, considerable personal loss), that is, by definition, the opposite of elitism. Kimmel has repeatedly emphasized how his wealth and excellent health insurance have spared him the life of crippling debt that his child’s ordeal would have caused a poorer, uninsured family (if they received care at all). Blasting his “elitism” is the opposite of the point. He’s specifically advocating for the non-elite, even if it means he’ll end up contributing a disproportionately high amount of money and diluting his own access to healthcare services to some degree. Classic Hollywood bigwig behavior. Have another PRIME RIB at the BROWN DERBY during a MEETING, ya freakin’ Hollywood Man.
Kaepernick’s outspokenness unquestionably cost him a shot at a backup QB job this offseason. He’s lost out on millions of potential dollars, and his career could be over prematurely at age 29. And all for the selfish, spoiled privilege of being the most death-threatened and racially-slurred human on the face of the Racial Slur Death Threat Factory (aka the internet). A less selfish athlete would’ve just kept quietly earning millions of dollars instead of greedily forfeiting his job to crawl through a shit-pipe of backlash for a cause he believed in.
Again, Kaepernick’s message — raising awareness about police violence toward black people in America — has nothing to do with his own financial standing. He’s not coming out and saying “I believe deeply in two things: justice and not being grateful for having lots of money. Those are my two causes.” There’s not some imaginary financial line after which someone loses their ability to notice and point out things. And there are legions of non-millionaires making the same case for racial justice, and many of them are — shockingly — maligned by the same people who hate Kaepernick. It’s clear on every level that his finances are ideologically irrelevant to the people complaining about them; it’s just a quick and easy way to complain about something else and end the conversation.