The Debate Continues: Did Anyone Like BET’s NBA Players’ Awards?
The NBA Players' Awards were on Tuesday, and we know of at least one person who was left umimpressed by the proceedings broadcast on BET: Our own Tanya Ray Fox, who wrote a beautiful takedown of the whole concept of players sitting around watching players giving players awards decided on by players.
If you missed it, here's the most salient bit, though you should read the whole thing yourself:
There’s always been something a little weird about giving out awards to people whose job is already centered around winning awards. Athletes all have one common goal: win a championship, a title or a medal. So yeah, making up arbitrary categories so that they can win awards that are essentially meaningless to their jobs as athletes is a silly premise to begin with. It started with the ESPYs, which to their credit have expertly morphed into a platform with which they can honor and share inspirational stories of men and women across sports — many of whom are not celebrities — while still getting the attention and ratings that star-studded red carpet events demand.
Still, the fact that even ESPN had to revamp their shameless exploitation of athlete stardom makes it all the more perplexing that The Players’ Awards is a real thing that is happening.
Tanya went on to call out Kevin Durant, who we can blame for these awards existing in the first place. Apparently this didn't sit well with some of the crew of ESPN's SportsNation (Marcellus Wiley in particular had a stick up his ass about it), and they debated the article and the concept of players awards in the first place on yesterday's show. Check it out:
So what do you think? Are these award ceremonies another lame excuse for athletes to revel in their own vanity? Are they a necessary reaction to an awards process dominated by the mainstream media? Or should we all just shut up? Let us know what you think, and feel free to reach out to Tanya, too -- if you're nice. Don't be an asshole. Thanks.
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