“I don’t see anything that he does wrong for these people to talk about him like this,” Rutten said. “Is it just because of the way he dresses that they call him a thug? If he dressed however they told him to dress, just to make people happy, that seems more like a slave to me. More people know him than know some other fighters, and some guys don’t like that, but that’s not his fault.”
Personally, I agree that the attack on Kimbo was pretty off base. While I understand that lots of black people HATE the thug image and how it drags the entire race down into negative stereotypes, there’s right ways and wrong ways to go about expressing that. Lynching Kimbo in print form = not the right way.
On the other hand, this has brought back the old adage that if you hate Kimbo, you must be racist. So let me say it again: We hate Kimbo Slice for the same reason we hated Gina Carano and Britney Spears and even Roger Huerta: because they’re overhyped products of a marketing campaign who had very little substance to them. Huerta answered the accusations by knocking out Clay Guida. Gina Carano answered by running off to American Gladiators. And Britney Spears answered by having a complete public meltdown, featuring multiple shots of her beard beef. Now if only Gina had cracked like that. Oh well, there’s still time.
So the answer is simple. If Kimbo wants the majority of people to stop hating on him, he needs to step up and face someone legitimate. The time for blaming managers or the promotion for giving him a series of glass jaw goombahs is over … he now has the pull to ask for a REAL challenge. I don’t think anyone’s asking him to step into the cage with Fedor or Josh Barnett (although knowing Fedor’s management, they’d probably like that idea a lot). We just want to see him up against someone who’s career isn’t in a tailspin.