In reality, in addition to a Native headdress, the kid was simply wearing black and red face paint, the colors of the team he was there to root for. This was the most predictable outcome the entire time, as the alternative scenario is one where parents painted their child in blackface before bringing them to a public venue knowing that they likely would wind up on television - all of which would be for no possible benefit, while risking destroying their lives. Only to a Deadspin reporter would that be plausible, and for that reason, this non-story was exposed as "Covington 2.0" within minutes.
Deadspin “journalist” Carron J. Phillips just defamed a child by saying he wore black face when clearly he didn’t.@Deadspin needs to issue a full retraction, apologize, and fire Phillips immediately.— Paul A. Szypula 🇺🇸 (@Bubblebathgirl) November 28, 2023
Otherwise they need to prepare for a multimillion-dollar defamation suit. pic.twitter.com/pot7s8Zw7q
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When other images came out showing the kid wearing black and red paint, some internet crazies then decided to pivot to whining about a child “culturally appropriating” a native headdress. Phillips himself doubled down and said that the inclusion of red paint actually made it more offensive, without explanation. The absurdity of complaining about “cultural appropriation” in the first place aside, It was then revealed that the child actually is Native American.
During his appearance on Watters’ show, Bubba slammed Phillips, who he says he’s past the point of expecting an apology from. “I don’t even know what to think about [apologizing]. It’s kind of a little too late for that. The damage is already done. It’s worldwide. Now, there’s comments all over. There’s, you know, disrespect towards Native Americans and towards my family. It’s a costume piece. That’s exactly what we had purchased it for and wore it for. Not in any disrespect towards any Native Americans at all. It’s just it’s been a whirlwind of comments coming from other tribes or members. Some think it’s okay. Some think it’s not okay. It’s a nine-year-old boy supporting his team.”
Matt Palumbo is the author of Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers: How the Left Hijacked and Weaponized the Fact-Checking Industry and The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros
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