Tampa Bay Bucs QB Jameis Winston took time out of his day on Wednesday to speak with third- through fifth-graders at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg, Florida. Nice gesture, no? Well Winston may be the only person on the planet who can fuck up community service.
Jameis is now catching heat for Winston called on the male students to stand up while ordering the female students to stay seated. He then delivered this message that took 3-5 years off Lena Dunham’s life.
“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now, a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this [in deep voice]. One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.
“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men [are] supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to.”
Jameis then tried to clarify his comments after the outrage snowball started to pick up steam downhill. Via ESPN:
“I was making an effort to interact with a young male in the audience who didn’t seem to be paying attention, and I didn’t want to single him out, so I asked all the boys to stand up,” Winston said, according to the newspaper. “During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some.”
Jameis Jameis Jamies. You gotta remember the world we live in, bruh. We live in a world where Steve Martin was bullied into deleting his tribute tweet calling Carrie Fischer ‘beautiful’ following her death. Telling third grade girls to sit down and shut the fuck up is probably going to fly as well as a Malaysian Airline plane.