Well Chad Ochocinco, wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, just saw his stock in the Mercury Radio Arts Fantasy Football league skyrocket. Over the weekend, Mediaite reported that Ochocinco tweeted out to his 2.3 million followers that he was reading Glenn Beck’s Broke. Well, his fans weren’t exactly thrilled with the idea, but Ochocinco stuck to his guns and – while saying he didn’t agree with everything Glenn says – found the book to be “EPIC”.
Glenn, who knows next to nothing about sports, was excited to see a celebrity stand by their opinions on issues seriously affecting the country, even if their fans may find them unpopular. “he pulls it off the shelf, he buys it and he starts to read it and then he has the guts to stand up and say it even though it’s going to anger some of his fans. Next time that you decide to keep quiet when you should be speaking up, think about him. He has nothing to gain and everything to lose by hacking off all of his fans.”
Pat and Stu both pointed out that Ochcinco is not known as a conservative, and Glenn said he had heard he is even a fan of Bill Clinton. Ochocinco’s tweets can be seen on The Blaze.
While Ochocinco was receiving a lot of backlash from his fans, Glenn pointed out that his views on the economy are not that controversial, and used the situation as a teachable moment for his audience.
“[Chad Ochocinco] earns his money before he spends it. He earns it. Government doesn’t earn their money. I haven’t had to bail out Chad,” Glenn said. “Unlike the government, he gives the people who pay his salary something of value. If you compare the two of them, I might have him run for president.”
“Unlike the government, I don’t think people like Chad should be paying the bill for everybody else in society simply because he’s successful. I don’t think that I should be the beneficiary of thousands of hours in the gym – Chad’s been in there working out every day,” Glenn said.
“Yet we feel it’s right to take his money? He dedicated his life to master something that no one else on Earth or very few other people on Earth can do and do well, and for that we punish his success and take away his money? How that’s become a controversial point of view and nobody wants him to read those points of view.”
“I understand why they’re yelling at you. I don’t know how it’s become controversial in America, but apparently it has,” Glenn said.