It takes a lot for me to call people out on their so-called inappropriate behavior, but the NASCAR fans who actually booed First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on Sunday seriously crossed the line. What they did was beyond inappropriate, it was downright tacky. It was rude, thoughtless, and hurtful. Because the pair wasn't at the races to promote any kind of political agenda, they were there to support a charity for military families.
And the First and Second Ladies weren't even the only honorary grand marshalls for the final races of the Spirit Cup, held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. They were joined by a retired Army sergeant and his family.
What makes the whole incident even worse is that NASCAR as an institution has been incredibly supportive of the military. Now their efforts will be tainted with this staggering display of disrespect.
At least NASCAR drivers gave the pair a standing ovation at a pre-race meeting, where Michelle Obama called NASCAR's continued support of military families "amazing."
How could the fans at the track that day be so blinded by their own political agenda? Oh wait, I know. Probably because their agenda has less to do with politics than it does with bias, hate, and ignorance. Let me put it this way: I'd rather have an orangutan as president than Michele Bachmann, but if I happened to be in the audience at an event where she was speaking on behalf of a worthy charity, I certainly wouldn't boo the woman.
The video below is almost painful to watch, particularly because there are children on stage. That's right, those fans booed kids, too.
Do you think the NASCAR fans who booed the First and Second Ladies crossed the line?
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