Jibber Jabber – Breaking the rules

Opinion

Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer

Far be it from me to complain about everyone’s favorite sweetheart, Lacey Chabert, showing up on TV.

I’ve been a fan since she showed up as little Claudia Salinger on “Party of Five.”

However, someone needs to address the UP network’s serious breach of holiday TV protocol by running nonstop Christmas movies — most of them featuring Chabert — two weeks before the Thanksgiving turkey has even reached the grocery store.

I didn’t even know Chabert was in that many Christmas movies, but the former “Mean Girl” has spent an awful lot of screen time getting hooked up for the holidays. Her holiday-themed films include, but are not limited to, “Matchmaker Santa,” “A Royal Christmas,” “A Wish for Christmas” and everyone’s favorite, “The Sweetest Christmas,” where Lacey plays a struggling pastry chef who needs her old boyfriend’s help getting a new stove.

I bet you’re wondering why I’m spending so many column inches on Lacey, especially when there are so many other things going on: Duke knocking off Michigan State in college basketball; Dallas laying an egg against the Falcons; and my favorite morning show, “Mike and Mike,” signing off after 18 years of making my morning commute a bit better.

Well, things tend to go sideways when someone breaks the rules like UP did. We all know that in a civilized society, Christmas stuff is not allowed to be aired, hung or advertised until after Thanksgiving.

A few other universal rules were broken recently.

The first one happened last week in China. No, not President Trump demanding reciprocal trade with the world’s most populous country. I’m talking about the three UCLA players who were detained for lifting a pair of sunglasses while the team was there.

The cultural experience was meant to show the best of what the U.S. had to offer on the basketball court and give the players an opportunity to experience life in another country. Instead, it turned out to be a diplomatic disaster that ended up in a court of law, and with the players experiencing life in a Chinese prison.

People saying the kids are being treated too harshly or the incident should be treated the same as if the theft occurred in the U.S. are wrong. Back in ancient China, theft was dealt with by a public whipping through the streets or a good caning. Today it can lead to a 10-year stretch in the pokey.

My guess is UCLA’s players will get off with some public humiliation and a 10-game suspension. UCLA’s 11th game is against Kentucky, and the only thing more important than college kids learning a lesson is making sure they are on the court for a prime time game.

However, if they were to get a swift caning, I wouldn’t complain because that is what happens when you break the rules.

I think “GQ” magazine is going to learn that lesson when its subscriptions drop after they named former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick “Citizen of the Year.”

I support Kap’s stance. I support his right to protest, and I support the NFL teams’ right not to sign him.

I don’t support naming Kap — a person who admits to not voting, celebrates Fidel Castro while in Miami, and wears socks depicting cops as pigs — “Citizen of the Year.”

That’s not denying the positive impacts Kaepernick has had on society. It’s also not meant to disrespect Kaepernick’s sacrifice. He’d still be playing (or at least holding a clipboard) and making a lot of money if he capitulated, but instead he kneeled firmly.

I’m saying there are better examples of good citizens in the U.S. than Kaepernick. Many of them work on Fort Meade, teach or tutor in our schools, or give in other ways.

I think “GQ” will suffer for its oversight nm sooner than later, and when it does, just remember that’s what happens when you break the rules.

If you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil or hit me up on Twitter @CTJibber.

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