J.R. Smith Posts Factually Inaccurate Statement About The Horrific Origins Of ‘Black Friday’ Over Instagram
As all but one of us know (apparently), "Black Friday" marks the day after Thanksgiving when companies begin their holiday season sales push, and thusly sell so much product that their finances are no longer "in the red" for the year. Business folks call it being "in the black." Why? Well, black is the typical color of ink used to convey financial figures, while red ink is used to signify debt, loss, or as economists put it, "alert!alert!awooga!awooga!you need money!"
Why are we explaining this?
J.R. Smith -- who's been on an uncharacteristically profound statement-kick on the social media service -- apparently believes the roots of this idiom go way, way deeper. Also, he doesn't put much faith in fact-checking or, ya know, thinking about things for a few seconds.
Here ya go...
CAPTION [via Teamswish]: "DID YOU KNOW: Black Friday stemmed from slavery? It was the day after Thanksgiving when slave traders would sell slaves for a discount to assist plantation owners with more helpers for the upcoming winter (for cutting and stacking fire wood, winterproofing etc.), hence the name,"
Smith immediately took down the post (which we believe went up late Tuesday night) and replaced it with a photo of Devon Still's daughter, Leah, who is currently battling Neuroblastoma (a.k.a. brain cancer). Nice try, J.R., but it isn't difficult to see through these attempts to cover your ass by tugging at our heart strings immediately after pissing the poundcake (and idiom we just made up with absolutely no historical significance whatsoever). In fact, we've noticed that he always does this kind of stuff after he missteps either on or off the court.
Given the way he so blatantly uses Instagram to repair his image in the wake of his signature screw ups, we're inclined to start calling him P.R. Smith (queue laughter). In all honesty, we'd say the dude needs to check himself but that moment has come and gone. Just use Wikipedia before posting potentially controversial factual statements, k?
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