Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks is a Pretentious Jerk

On Friday, I unfollowed Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks on twitter. If you follow him, you should do the same, because he’s a pretentious youknowwhat.

During Roger Goodell’s press conference on Friday, Howard Stern Show staffer Benjy Bronk crashed the party and caused a minor hiccup in what was otherwise a pretty boring and pointless ordeal.

After the disturbance, here is the tweet Don Banks put out:

Ignoring the fact that the Howard Stern show is listened to, not watched, take a minute to consider all the pretentious in that tweet.

Don Banks is “proud” that he isn’t a Howard Stern fan. What does that even mean? Were people forcing him to listen to Howard Stern against his will, but he bravely fought them off? Has he been criticized for not listening to Howard Stern? Has he been held back in any way because people found out he wasn’t a Howard Stern fan?

What it means is that Don Banks thinks he’s better than Howard Stern fans. To him, the fact that he is not a Stern fan means he is a superior human being to those of us who are.

Is Don Banks “proud” of popular TV shows that he doesn’t watch? Is he “proud” when he doesn’t read certain best-selling books? Should he be “proud” when a movie makes millions at the box office and he decides not to go see it?

I’m a Howard Stern fan. Stern entertains millions of people every day, even when he’s not live (which is much more than Don Banks can ever claim). However, I get that Stern is not for everyone. To each his or her own. I certainly don’t think I’m better than anyone else because of what I enjoy.

The fact that Don Banks does makes me proud to say that I won’t read his articles. Ever.

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