GQ’s pick for “Citizen of the Year” is unworthy of the title

Unemployed Colin Kaepernick is appearing on the cover of GQ.

He was named “Citizen of the Year” by the magazine.

But the anti-American activist doesn’t appear interested in his American citizenship.

Colin Kaepernick has never registered to vote.



Voting is one of the fundamental rights of American citizens and the most basic way to participate in our system of government.

He told reporters in 2016 he believed it’d be “hypocritical” of him to vote because he is “against a system of oppression” and in his view “the oppressor isn’t going to allow you to vote your way out of oppression.”

It would seem difficult to be “Citizen of the Year” when you don’t even show interest in being an American citizen.

The magazine is facing backlash from critics like former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry.

First she slammed Kaepernick’s past actions to point out the absurdity of Kaepernick being honored by GQ.

She went on to highlight the actions of Houston Texan JJ Watt whose fundraising efforts after Hurricane Harvey would make him far more deserving of recognition.





Fox News’ Todd Starnes wrote:

Apparently, GQ seems to think that disrespecting our military and spitting on our flag is a symbol of heroism and manliness.

That’s not citizenship – that’s cowardice.
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GQ’s definition of what it means to be a good citizen and a good man and a hero is a bit puzzling.

They seem to believe the epitome of manhood is taking a knee. But I say the true measure of a man is taking a stand.

What are your thoughts on GQ’s decision to name Colin Kaepernick “Citizen of the Year”?

Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. This tops the award given to Maxine Waters earlier in the summer. These magazines and their advertisers are stepping down the wrong path with me. I will never pick up another GQ as long as I live. By the way, GQ, I’m a patriotic American Citizen who honors our flag and our National Anthem. We are the ones who buy your magazines…..until now.

  2. HELLO KELTON..I BELIEVE IT IS A RACE THING.ONLY KRAPERNIK KNELT LAST YEAR.DO THESE GUYS KNEEL FOR CHICAGO?IT WOULD TAKE 40 YEARS OF COPS KILLING BLACKS TO MAKE UP ONE YEAR OF WHATS GOING ON THERE.ITS LIKE THESE COPS ARE KILLING INNOCENT BLACK YOUTH..MOST ARE NOT INNOCENT..HANDS UP DONT SHOOT WAS AN OUTRIGHT LIE..

    • Oh Butchy, You are so misguided do you think what you’ve seen on these videos that were only released in the last couple of years, were justified shootings!?! A 12 yr old in a park, the Police said they ordered him to put the gun down but footage shows them pull up get out and start shooting! Man in Chicago walking down street Police shoot him down no threat there!! Police get off on JUSTIFIABLE SHOOTINGS these types of INCIDENTS ARE WHAT THE PROBLEM IS!! YOU REALLY THINK MOST OF THESE ATHLETES HAVEN’T TRIED TO HELP IN NOT JUST THEIR COMMUNITIES BUT ALL TROUBLED AS WELL AS UNTROUBLED COMMUNITIES, DUDE?!! Y’ALL STOP ACTING LIKE YOU DON’T KNOW THAT THESE GUYS GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITIES ALL THE TIME!! SOMETIMES TAKING AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES TO HELP THE LESS FORTUNATE!! And by the way he wasn’t the only one kneeling last year, some were even sitting!! This cause is just like any other as it goes on more join!!

      • Oh Kelton, you obviously think every shooting by a cop is unjustified. Very few are found to be so, and those are findings by outside agencies other than the agency involved.
        Yes, there are a few but most are clearly the fault of the citizen who got shot! They get mouthy and don’t follow instructions as they should, and they get defensive and physical. An officer cannot allow anyone to make sudden moves or get physical in any way.
        There have been solid examples of unjustified being handed down and the officer is then charged with murder.
        Shooting situations occur in the flash of an eye. And if the officer hesitates, he could die. The vast majority of shootings happen inside of three seconds. The human mind takes 3/4 of a second to decide and another 3/4 second to react. (Most liberals take at least 20 minutes to decide and another 10 to react). That’s why you think there should never be anyone shot by a cop because he is probably the one getting killed.
        Police have every right to defend themselves. The legal standards are basically the same as citizens except their training and work involves aggressive control versus citizens must be passive defense. But in both cases there must be clear evidence of imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death to self or others.
        But then I realize you libs also don’t think citizens have any right to defend themselves.

        • Statesman Patriot, WHO THE HELL SAID EVERY POLICE SHOOTING IS UNJUSTIFIED?!! WHY DO YOU PEOPLE ALWAYS TRY AND PUT WORDS IN PEOPLE’S MOUTHS?? SO YOU THINK GETTING MOUTGY IS A REASON TO USE DEADLY FORCE, TELLING AN OFFICER I HAVE A WEAPON ON ME AND THEN FOLLOWING HIS ORDERS TO PRODUCE ID IS A REASON TO USE DEADLY FORCE?!! COME ON NOW, WHO THE HELL SAID THAT POLICE DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO GO HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES, PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THE PUBLIC!!! NOT ME BUT WHEN YOU SEE THESE TAPES THAT COME OUT YEARS AFTER THE OFFENDING OFFICERS HAVE BEEN CLEARED OF ANY WRONG DOING IT DOESN’T BOTHER YOU??? OF COURSE THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO TRY AND HURT THE OFFICERS SHOULD BE DEALT WITH BUT THOSE AREN’T THE ISSUE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT!!! THEN THE STATEMENTS DON’T MATCH THE TAPES THAT HAVE COME OUT, THAT’S CALLED FALSIFIED REPORTING BY THE OFFICERS!! THOSE ARE SWORN STATEMENTS YOU KNOW!! THE PROBLEM IS THAT KAP IS ACTUALLY KNEELING FOR EVERYONE WHO’S BEEN UNJUSTIFIABLY MURDERED BY THESE ROUGE OFFICES WHO MAKE UP A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF OFFICERS. THE MAJORITY OF POLICE OFFICERS ARE OUTSTANDING AT THEIR JOBS SO STOP TRYING TO TELL ME THAT I BELIEVE THAT THEY ALL ARE UNJUSTIFIED SHOOTINGS!! THIS IS BIGGER THAN POLITICS, IT’S LIFE OKAY!! PLEASE STOP THIS MADNESS TRYING TO ACT AS IF IT ISN’T HAPPENING!! WE CAN’T KEEP UP THIS UNWARRANTED DIVISIVENESS, RIGHT IS RIGHT AND IT AIN’T ALWAYS WHITE

          • So now you think, by your last sentence, that we are trying to make everything white? Or are you making a feeble attempt to say it isn’t black or white in a philosophical way?
            Your rant doesn’t make sense because you are so full of hate and your hero Krapperdick is a spoiled overpaid dimwit who doesn’t respect our flag, our anthem or our nation.
            None of those have anything to do with his stupid protest method to make a point! He had another motive which changed when he was criticized.
            And you’re just as hatefilled as he is in the wrong direction. You only create division and opposition because your combined messages are contradictive and not cohesive.
            Typical libtard who thinks racism and disrespect is the only answer!

          • No I simply stated what you had inferred in reference to US!!! NOW WHERE DID YOU FIND HATE IN MY COMMENT?? DAMN I COULD’VE SWORN THAT I SAID THIS IS BIGGER THAN POLITICS BUT YET HERE YOU GO CALLING ME A LIBTARD!!! LMAO LOOK NOT ALL REPUBLICANS ARE BAD AND NOT ALL DEMOCRATS ARE GOOD!!! SOMETIMES IT’S JUST ABOUT RIGHT AND WRONG, AS SO MANY LIKE TO SAY GOOD MORALS, VALUES AND ALL THAT STUFF BUT YET TREAT OTHERS AS IF THEY’RE BENEATH THEM FOE WHATEVER REASON. CAN I ASK YOU SOMETHING HAVE YOU EVER DRANK OUT OF THE SAME GLASS AS SOMEONE OF ANOTHER RACE, HAVE YOU EVER SLEPT IN THE SAME BED AS SOMEONE OF ANOTHER RACE AND OF THE SAME SEX AS YOU, HAVE YOU EVER WALKED IN AND HAD PEOPLE OF ANOTHER RACE IN THEIR AND YOUR WEDDING, HAVE YOU EVER SEATED ANYONE FROM ANOTHER RACE AT THE TABLE WITH THE MOTHERS IN YOUR WEDDING?? IF NOT PLEASE DON’T CALL ME A RACIST BECAUSE I’VE DOBE ALL OF THAT AND WILL CONTINUE TO LOVE PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE!! YOU’RE A SMART ASS AND YOU LIKE BEING ONE, THIS IS BIGGER THAN POLITICS, RACE, STATUS IT’S ABOUT THE SURVIVAL OF US AS A PEOPLE, ALL RACES OF PEOPLE!! BECAUSE BEFORE LONG THERE WILL BE NO BLACK, WHITE OR WHATEVER WE’LL ALL BE OTHERS!!! MAYBE THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE SCARED OF HUH?? LOVE, PEACE AND HAPPINESS

          • I’m not the racist here and I am not white as you probably assume. I haven’t done all of those but I would not be afraid to do any of those as long as there isn’t any funny business involved.
            You’ve attacked law enforcement and you did strongly insinuate that there are more unjustified police shootings on black than justified.
            I will not tolerate unsubstantiated allegations against law enforcement.
            And as for Krapperprick, he can simply go to Hell! And so can every other dimwit who supports his stupid actions.
            There are other more appropriate ways to protest but he and others with him are too damn stupid to seek out the right way.

    • Hey Butchy, GUESS WHO!!! Look The Protests did start LAST YEAR while PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA was still in OFFICE!!! PEOPLE THIS IS NOT A BLACK OR WHITE ISSUE, YOU ALL HAVE MADE IT SUCH!! ARE ALL POLICE OFFICERS OR PEOPLE IN AUTHORITY WHO COMMIT THESE ATROCITIES WHITE, HELL NO THEY AREN’T!! IT’S THE SYSTEM WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO GET AWAY WITH KILLING UNARMED PEOPLE SOME OF WHICH WERE WHITE BY THE WAY THAT’S THE ISSUE!!! STOP THE DIVISIVE RHETORIC AND LET’S COME TOGETHER AND FIX THE PROBLEM!! AS MARCO RUBIO SAID ABOUT THE HACKING,”IT’S THE DEMOCRATS THIS TIME BUT IT COULD BE THE REPUBLICANS THE NEXT TIME”!!! THE SAME APPLIES IT COULD BE SOMEONE YOU LOVE THE NEXT TIME!!!

  3. If GQ finds it necessary to honor ANYONE who disrespects any part of this country, National Anthem, vets or anything we hold near and dear of this country, don’t buy their stupidly unAmerican propaganda! In my humble opinion, this is like Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize for what he MIGHT do or Jame Fonda winning “woman of the year”. It’s ridiculous…

    • What a Joke!!! GQ is going down!!!

      They couldn’t sell magazines so they tried this for attention!

      It won’t work! Now you’re going down even faster!!!

      This Racist, Disrespectful person is not suitable for honors!

      Do you honor someone who hates our Country? How sick!!

  4. Goes right up there with Obama’s Nobel Prize. None of them mean anything. They are merely propaganda tools of the Left to promote their anti-government agenda.

    • Absolutely a mullato racist Muslim communist; without merit. The magazine is another media failure who’s stand will promote nationalism.

      • Rick, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!!! DAMN YOU SHOULD JUST SAY I HATE BIRACIAL PEOPLE, I HATE MUSLIMS, I HATE ANYONE WHO STANDS FOR THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS!! OH THEY HAVE TO AGREE WITH YOUR WARPED RACIST TENDANCIES, WE GET IT DUDE

  5. One thing about Kelton it only take about two line of his commits to know he sat at the back of the class. As I remember when and what Ali did because I followed it closely as I was and still am a fan of his, and he did it for his Religious Beliefs. Ali never showed anyone disrespect that choose to serve or disagree with him about serving in Nam or the service. Unlike Collin Ali represented America at the Olympics And Brought home A GOLD MEDAL !!!!

  6. Can’t always win. Sometimes talking to a brick wall makes more sense!

    Now, to comment on the topic I originally came here for:
    Went to GQ’s website because I hadn’t read the article. They’re comparing this guy to Ali & Jackie Robinson! Really?
    $15/1 year print That’s too much. Eventually the left will fail!

    • GUESS WHAT navydick, THEY SAID THE SAME THINGS ABOUT THEM, TOO!!! ALI WAS STRIPPED OF HIS LIVELIHOOD, CALLED A TRAITOR, RIDICULED ABOUT HIS NAME CHANGE!! JACKIE WAS SPIT ON, NOT ALLOWED TO EVEN STAY IN THE SAME HOTELS, EAT IN THE SAME RESTAURANTS AS HIS TEAMMATES!!! HELL HE COULDN’T EVEN GO IN THE FRONT DOOR TO A CELEBRATION IN HIS HONOR!! NEVER FORGET dick, NEVER FORGET!!! BUT YOU KNOW WHAT THERE’S A SAYING THAT GOES LIKE THIS, “CHARGE IT TO MY HEAD AND NOT MY HEART”!! GUESS WHAT dick PEOPLE WHO THINK LIKE YOU WILL HAVE YOUR HATE, IGNORANCE, INTOLERANCE, VILENESS CHARGED TO BOTH!!!

      • Kelton, no doubt you’re a minority classic. No matter what we all needed to keep our protests in line with total respect. Kapercrap hasn’t shown respect to anyone.

  7. Apparently, GQ forgot that the “G” is supposed to stand for “Gentleman”, which Krappydick is not.
    But in the PC world, everyone gets a participation award these days. Everyone needs to tell the stores that sell GQ to take that un American rag out of their racks and use them to soak up the blood in the butcher shop meat trays. Or wrap fat in for disposal.

  8. DOES ANYONE ON THIS SITE HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY TO JOHN JOHN FOR HIS BLATANTLY RACIST COMMENT????!!!! GRT A ROPE FIBD A TREE, GET OUT OF THE COUNTRY KOON ASS!!! THIS IS WHAT THE COMMENT WAS AND NOT ONE PERSON SPOKE OUT AGAINST IT!!! VERY TELLING PEOPLE, VERY TELLING!!!

      • NavyDoc, maybe you should change your handle because if you agree with what he said you SHOULDN’T BE REPRESENTING ANY PART OF OUR/MY MILITARY!!

          • Well now sounds like you might be misrepresenting yourself as some form of MILITARY PERSON, HUH?!! ARE YOU A FRAUD NAVYDOC, ARE YOU A FAKE NAVYDOC?!! WHAT’S WRONG NAVYDOC DID I TOUCH A NERVE?!?! DON’T NEED TO BE SUPER SMART TO KNOW YOUR KIND, FAKER!!!

          • BeepBeepBeep…
            I just backed the truck up for a second…
            Again, because you obviously didn’t understand the first time! I’ll print real slowly so you can follow…ready?
            You don’t know me, nor do you know what I’m about! Shut yer Fn pie hole & move along you lil’ TROLL!

          • I repeat because you can’t seem to understand, YOU’RE EITHER A DISGRACE TO THE MILITARY IR A FAKE, WHICH IS IT NAVYDOC?!? AND BY THE WAY YOU COMMENTED ON MY COMMENT!!! SO DO YOU AGREE WITH JOHN JOHN navydick?!?! Note the LOWERCASE AND MISSPELLING OF YOUR HANDLE, DOESN’T DESERVE PROPER RESPECT TO A NOUN!!

    • Most of the people on here probably did’nt used to be racist, but after hearing that everything they say and everything they do is racist ad nauseum, by people like you and the BLM and Black Panther bricks, they probably feel like “hey, if I am going to keep being called a racist, I might as well be one.” White people can’t even say the word “black” anymore without being accused of being racist. Nor can they express an opinion, if the opinion targets a “person of color” who is being an anti-American idiot crybaby millionaire who thinks he is oppressed, yet idolizes Fidel Castro, who was one of the most oppressive leaders of our time.
      If you are an anti-American idiot crybaby who thinks that what Kaepernick has started qualifies him for “Anything-of the Year” except a one way ticket to the communist country of his choice, then sadly, you are in the Grand Minority here, and you should probably find yourself a more leftist-friendly site to hang out on.

      • Nope Drifter, good debate is ALWAYS NEEDED!!; AND IF YOU THINK,SAY,DO AND BELIEVE MIST OF THE SHIT ON THIS SITE YOU ARE A RACIST, MYSOGONIST, SEXIST, AND ANY OTHER KIND OF IST!! BUT, I’M ALWAYS WILLING TO TRY AND UNDERSTAND WHAT MAKES PEOPLE HATE OTHERS SO MUCH NO MATTER WHAT COLOR THE HEATER IS!! PLEASE STOP THE RIGHT WING OOPS I MEANT ALT RIGHT, WHITE SUPREMACIST TALKING POINTS!!!?? OH I FORGOT ONLY SOME PEOPLE CAN FLAUNT THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND IF IT’S NOT WHAT THE ALT RIGHT THINKS IS ACCEPTABLE IT’S FAKE NEWS, SLANDER AND ANY OTHER MISDIRECTED THING THAT CAN BE THOUGHT OF!!!! NO I’M GOING TO STAT ON THIS SITE NOW TO BE THE VOICE OF COMPROMISE, REASON TO GIVE ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW!! SEE THAT’S WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS ALL ABOUT, LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!!! THE RIGHT TO PURSUE HAPPINESS FOR EVERYONE AS WELL AS YOURSELF!! GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL IT’S PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT,WHO WHERE THEY ARE OR COME FROM BECAUSE NONE OF US BESIDES THE INDIGENOUS BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE TRUE!!!

  9. Can I simply say any of the U.S. Soldiers or any service men and women who put there lives at risk daily would better fit that description. Honestly though this magazine obviously deserves the trash they picked for the cover since it’s only fit for the garbage and not worth the paper it’s printed on.

  10. How can these people sleep at night? Then eat the food the farmers produce. They obviously have no idea what a real American Citizen is.

  11. You ca rest assured that I won’t ever pick up another copy! There is nothing
    GENTLEMAN about it. It wouldn’t even make good ass-wipe!

    • Can I simply say any of the U.S. Soldiers or any service men and women who put there lives at risk daily would better fit that description. Honestly though this magazine obviously deserves the trash they picked for the cover since it’s only fit for the garbage and not worth the paper it’s printed on.

  12. Well…
    I’ve gotta whole lot that I can/could express about this subject, but I’ll let a little poetry express how I think we ALL feel about this, well you know…

    There once was a a guy named Kaepernick,
    Whom was egotistical, confused & oh such a P****!
    He used to play football for the national fellons league,
    Until one day his abilities showed grand fatigue.
    The coach soon found him a seat on the bench,
    Then soon came a wafting – this foul, smelly stench!
    Shortly there after he let out his fro,
    Said hey don’t forget me…I’m still a bro.,
    His Idea for clothing leaves me shaking my head,
    Peace officers are heros & their blood…yeah it too is red!
    The Stars & Stripes they also stand for something,
    Over evil, our TROOPS are always triumphing!
    Now he’s on the cover of this one magazine,
    Think I’ve seen it once maybe in a latrine!

  13. What right does anyone have to think that they are the only one who has had a difficult life . Every young person no matter race or color goes through some type of abuse or taunting. Life is not an easy road for anyone and One person is not more hurt than another . It is much worse today due to the fact that our laws have made divorce easy. Sixty percent of young people today are raised by single parents. 85 percent of young people feel that they are not wanted or that no one really cares about them. When will we all wake up and show respect and care for everyone realizing the situation of our country and our younger generation . This does not excuse behavior such as is being displayed by NFL players. It is time that some good discipline was given . Not abusive , but something that would show them a line that can not be crossed and hold to that line.

    • VERY, very nicely said!! I grew up in some what if a balanced life. Sadly, I saw my mother get killed when I was 5 years old. Simple accident she was hit by a car. My father remarried a widow with quite a few kids. Let’s just say The was a yours mine but no ours. ( the original version). So, you have a family like this you can bet there was a lot of hell breaking loose. Somehow they made it work. In the beginning no one thought it would. So many different kids and personalities but they made it work. My youngest child was thier 43 grandchild. Amazing huh. We kearned to share, we learned to go with out, most importantly, being close to the youngest I learned to run real fast.!! Push forward to adults. You start losing family members as the cycle of life, but through all the careers my siblings went into you would guess that losing siblings to violence never crossed our minds. One of my siblings was shit and killed in the line of duty. Our family prayed a lot and cried a lot. We never protested or even thought about it. You see the person who murdered my sibling was black. So doing a title research will show yo how many cops are killed by blacks. We prayed for the family of that young man everyday. We learned that being angry and wanting revenge, only hurt us not him. I ended up marrying a cop. I’m proud of my family that we have and we will be celebrating our 35th anniversary in a few months. I wonder what would have happened to my life had I kept all that anger inside?

      • Bravo…
        Happy Anniversary, that’s Wonderful!
        19 early next year!
        I’m sorry for your loss in life, but I smile at your Strength!!!again…Bravo

    • So UNTRUE, there are MANY INSTANCES WHERE ONE PERSON IS HURT MORE THAN ANOTHER!!! ONE CAN’T SAY THAT BECAUSE EACH PERSON’S PAIN IS THEIR OWN, THE SAME WITH GRIEF,!!

  14. krapernick should be awarded “TURD OF THE DECADE” !!!!! but citizen of the year… he doesn’t even like it here!!! Send him and his magazine to syria.. he might get some recognition there…. I for one (and probably not the only one) will never see him back on the football field… NO! Just won’t watch ever again!! Thanx for helping me make up my mind…and do something constructive instead. ….thanx… rich …IN GOD WE TRUST

    • If it were up to me you would be booted out because there’s nothing here for you. Racism exists because of stupid people just like you.

  15. Citizen of the year!! Holy shit, anyone who thinks like Kaepernick is not an American as far as I’m concerned and should leave the country. He is nothing more then a leftist looser that doesn’t deserve any of the good that’s happened to him, he certainly didn’t appreciate it. Why doesn’t he go to Africa, China, N. Korea, or Cuba that he loves so much, any where but here and take GQ with you. We don’t want you Krapernick .

  16. Can’t find anyone who loves and respects America? There are so many good people.
    You might want to just buy Kaepernak a plane ticket to another country he would prefer.
    Clearly he’s not happy here. Send him on his way. We don’t need him here. Shame on you for calling hi person of the year. A prissy spoiled brat!

  17. GQ is just another magazine that I have to thank for saving me the time as to whether I should read or even look at the cover of their magazine on the rack in stores. My parents made huge sacrifices to be American Citizens coming from a country that turned communist and if they were alive today, they would not approve of GQ’s pronouncement nor Kaepernick’s ungratefulness and antics in spite of his obvious benefits he threw away like a rag.

  18. I’m surprised anyone still actually reads “GQ”. They say that stands for “gentlemen’s quarterly”. Personally I can think of two OTHER words that fit the letters and the political leanings of this effete snob’s rag. None the less, “GQ” makes a grossly overpaid whining little snowflake their “person of the year”; seriously? I guess Karl Marx was unavailable to accept the “prestigious” award.

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