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Charlotte Lucas and Arian Foster Should Woman-up, Man-up, Shut-up

October 12, 2014

I’ve been considering the recent stories of the oppressed, the put upon, the disadvantaged. Consider these sad cases.

First there’s the (un)sympathetic character, Charlotte Atkins Lucas, owner/founder of Lucas Oil. Ms. Lucas has a net worth of $300 million, and last week she could finally control her emotions no longer. Perhaps trapped within the confines of her 25,000 square-foot home, she let loose. Standing up straight and tall—or sitting down, or laying in bed . . . we’re really not quite certain—she offered a thoughtful commentary on the difficulties of life in America these days. According to the New York Daily News, she posted the following on her Facebook account: “I’m sick and tired of minorities running our country! As far as I’m concerned I don’t think that atheists (minority), muslims (minority) nor any other minority group has the right to tell the majority of the people in the United States what they can and cannot do here. Is everyone so scared that they can’t fight back for what is right or wrong with this country?” From her vantage point in Indiana—a bastion of rational and egalitarian thought—I can imagine the pressure that accumulated on poor Charlotte. There she was, sitting in one of the 30 simple-yet-tastefully-decorated rooms within her part-time mansion, surrounded by French antique furniture, all situated on 33 acres of Indiana countryside. 33 acres? That’s barely 1.4 million square feet. How can anyone, including Ms. Lucas, be expected to contemplate anything with all the ambient noise? Where’s a woman to go when she needs a quiet moment to calm herself after she hears or reads about another atheist spouting some random thought that there is no god or God? Or when a muslim [sic] offends her, perhaps by calling God Allah. The nerve of some people.* Charlotte may have been in too much of a hurry attempting to transfer her important thoughts from her brain, to her lips, to her fingers, and onto Facebook to worry about something as mundane as the English language. For the record, Charlotte later apologized. But the rant was so very telling. I’d guess it’s best summed up by paraphrasing a quote from Charles Erwin Wilson: “. . . for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa”. In Lucas-speak, “what’s good for Charlotte is good for America”. Right.

Then there is the plight of poor, poor Arian Foster, running back for the Houston Texans. He appears to be anti-Thursday. Or anti-work. Or maybe he’s simply pro-whining. First, Foster has difficulty sorting fact from fiction. He offered Pro Football Talk “. . . his negative opinion of Thursday night games. Foster . . .  said he doesn’t know a player or fan that likes the games, which he correctly pointed out are a way for the league to generate more revenue.” Duh. Good of Foster to go public with the scoop as no one else could have figured out just why the NFL would make the deal. It’s about the money. Then CBS Houston added this nugget from Foster: ” “Nobody is ready to play physically after a Sunday game. But you’ve got to go out there and do it.” Athletes can’t be expected to work one day on, four days off, one day on, then 10 days off. Oh the humanity. His self-pity is compounded by his fuzzy math when evaluating audience support. Foster is wrong of course as evidenced by the ratings for the most recent Thursday night game. Houston’s 33-28 loss to Indianapolis was a success (for ratings, not for Houston) as CBS attracted almost 16 million viewers. By comparison, the other four broadcast networks combined drew 19 million viewers. In short, CBS took 45% of the broadcast audience. (Thursday Night Football drew another million viewers on cable via the NFL Network.) Like his fellow-players in the NFL, Foster has to play in only one Thursday night NFL game this season. One game out of twenty.  (5% of the season if you’re keeping score.) Finally, there is the matter of Foster’s pay for all of this Thursday-night agonizing. He’s in the middle of a 5-year, $45 million dollar contract. Poor baby. Considered in weekly increments, Foster earns a lousy $173,000 per week. No wonder he’s upset. Having to work with just 4-days’ rest, on a paltry $173,000 per week. What’s a human being to do?

So what ties Ms. Lucas and Mr. Foster together? These are two examples of America’s spoiled, “it’s all about me” class. Ms. Lucas doesn’t like atheists, Muslims, and any other minority that pisses her off. She forgets that this country was formed, in part, to avoid a connection between religion and citizenry. The generally revered Thomas Jefferson wrote (in 1799): “I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.” Religious preference is to have no bearing on any citizen’s rights. And as for Foster, he belongs to a union (NFLPA), has an agent, negotiated a contract with Houston’s NFL franchise, signed the contract, and took the money. May I suggest to Ms. Lucas: Woman up. And to Mr. Foster: Man up. And to you both: Shut up. Oh, and have a nice day. 😊

David Steffen

© David Steffen 2014

*(Note to Charlotte: Arab Christians often use Allah in lieu of God. And for future reference dear Charlotte, like Christian for followers of the Christian faith, Muslim—for followers of Islam—should be capitalized.)

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