If you’re a ‘Seinfeld’ fan, you probably remember the character, J. Peterman. Peterman was a ‘Seinfeld’ character and Elaine Benes’ boss played by actor John O’Hurley. About five seasons ago or on Season 6, O’Hurley played this real life and serious clothing magnate whose character was often unapologetic.
Recently O’Hurley was asked his opinion about the politics and NFL protests and Vice President Pence’s decision to leave the NFL game on Sunday after NFL players at a Colts-49ers game kneeled during the national anthem.
First, some background on the story.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife were in their home state of Indiana over the weekend, taking in the Indianapolis Colts game, and looking forward to the special ceremony retiring the jersey number of former star Hall of Fame-bound quarterback Peyton Manning.
Pence felt compelled to leave the game early, right after the playing of the national anthem, in response to a significant number of visiting players from the San Francisco 49ers taking a knee in protest during the national anthem and display of the American flag.
The VP took to Twitter shortly thereafter with an explanation of his principled actions and stated neither he nor President Donald Trump would “dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag or our national anthem.”
Of course, Pence caught quite a bit of flak from the liberal media and assorted leftists on social media for his stance and decision to leave the game before it even really got started, but at least one Hollywood celebrity seemed to support his actions as being proper, according to TMZ.
That brings us to John O’Hurley and his reaction to a reporter on Pence’s decision to leave the game
Actor John O’Hurley was caught by a reporter exiting a restaurant Sunday evening and was asked about what Pence had done.
First displaying a thumbs up sign in response, O’Hurley then replied, “I go to a football game as I go to a movie or anything else for escapism, not to hear somebody’s political views.”
“Or not to be exposed to somebody’s political views. I’m coming out of a restaurant. If somebody announced the specials with their political views tonight, I’d have the same reason to be angry, wouldn’t I?”
The reporter seemed to agree with the sentiment to which O’Hurley simply smiled and stated, “Bravo,” as he made his way to his waiting car.
Here’s the video:
I agree…BRAVO! O’Hurley! BRAVO!
Who can’t relate to that simple analysis? Most Americans go to or watch a football game to be entertained. They don’t want to see politics mixed with their entertainment. They go to the game to ESCAPE politics. They go to the game for enjoyment.
When NFL players decided to kneel and disrespect the American flag, our national anthem and our military….they mixed their job and our entertainment with politics. They mixed our place of escape with politics. They destroyed the NFL and Americans began to tune them out. Afterall, the NFL games were just ONE way for Americans to be entertained. Lucky for us, we live in a country where Americans have other options and can find another way to be entertained and escape the rat race.
In April, John O’Hurley said,
“God bless [Trump] for what his challenges are and the resistance that is up against him right now. I believe in him, I believe in what he’s doing and I wish him the best.”
O’Hurley has a new 90 minute song and one-man show, A Man With Standards, which pays tribute to a time in America in which both high musical and moral standards reigned supreme.
“I grew up in the period of the standards and I also was lucky enough to grow up around men, who had standards, manners and back then the manners and the music were really one in the same,” O’Hurley said. “Standards were part of our culture and it’s kind of slipped away as time has gone by.”
As Americans, many of us probably wish J. Peterman could take the place of NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell and just say to the NFL players, what he once said on ‘Seinfeld’,
“The toll road of denial is a long and dangerous one. The price? Your soul. Oh, and by the way, you have til’ 5:00 to clear out your desk. You’re fired.”
If you haven’t seen John O’Hurley in ‘A Man With Standards’…well, it’s certainly worth the time. Here’s a clip: