Believing anything that appears from MSNBC is a dangerous idea. It’s even worse when it’s one of their op-ed pieces. Then again, the column author Cynthia Miller-Idriss only crawls out of her cave every couple of weeks to write something new to attack the right. Her views are so shortsighted that they choke her off from ever seeing the truth in any situation.
Her latest claim is that the pandemic has allowed the far right to take advantage of people and poison them with their ideas and expand their radical views inside the already corrupt fitness industries and mixed martial arts (MMA). Her source from this is a small research paper in The Guardian that doesn’t name the researchers, how they found this evidence, or proof that it even exists.
Yes, violent groups often embrace physical fitness. Even some of the mentally weak liberals embrace fitness as a way of life, and they then sell those beliefs right back to their followers at $49.95 a month. The quest for fitness is important for people on all sides of the aisle. Instead of penning this as an article where she talks about how divisive it can be, she should be using this pathetic excuse of research to suggest that the right and left have something in common.
The loon writes in her op-ed, “In more modern times, far-right groups have launched mixed martial arts and boxing gyms in Ukraine, Canada, and France, among other places, focused on training far-right nationalists in violent hand-to-hand combat and street-fighting techniques. It’s caught the attention of intelligence authorities, especially in Europe, where various reports have noted the role of combat sports and MMA in radicalizing and promoting far-right violence.”
What she completely ignores is how the popularity of MMA is spreading, and it’s not far-right at all. It’s people like Jorge Masvidal, Connor McGregor, U.S. Special Forces’ own Tim Kennedy, and Rhonda Rousey that brought MMA into the mainstream. They got people excited about fighting and filled in the void that left combat sports when boxing started to fade out. Because of this popularity, more gyms opened, more fight factories raised their garage doors, and more promotions came out.
When these places opened, they received more than a healthy mix of different backgrounds, many have reported a very diverse group of fighters, and no personal animosity for others based on race or anything else. It’s all about respect for yourself, your trainers, your opponent, and the art form itself. When it comes to bodybuilding, there is no room for racism and hate, especially when it is a sport where genetics make some of the biggest impacts.
Miller-Idriss continues by saying, “Fitness of course is a staple and a hobby for many people, for whom it is enjoyable and rewarding for brain health and overall well-being. Physical fitness channels dopamine, adrenalin and serotonin in ways that literally feel good. Intertwining those feelings with hateful and dehumanizing ideas, while promoting the concept that physical warriors are needed to create the strength and dominance to defend one’s people from a perceived enemy, makes for a dangerous and powerful cocktail of radicalization.”
What she fails to understand is just how serious fitness is for many people. For some, it’s their livelihood, others use it as an antidepressant. Still, others use it to get back at an ex by getting in the best shape of their lives, while others find themselves more attractive the more fit they are. Their reasons are pure and noble. The small group of people who use it in a hateful manner are not just from the right, they exist on the left, too. They just don’t get the coverage that the right does simply because nobody can get them to openly admit what they are doing. They hide in shame, so it looks like a far-right only thing.