There is a massive problem with Deadspin’s famously failed report of a 5-year-old kid who was “caught” wearing face paint at a Chiefs game, only to be targeted in a hit piece for wearing “face paint.”
It turns out, he’s a “Native American.” That’s according to his mother.
“Everyone asked to take a photo with him. He’s Native American – people are ridiculous,” Shannon Armenta, the boy’s mother, wrote on Facebook.
This is too good.
Earlier, Shannon Armenta had shared the report of Real KC Chiefs Fans, a popular Facebook group, that
“During Sundays broadcast this kid was shown. Everyone is making a massive deal out of this and only trying to show one side of his face to push their narrative. Leave this kid alone,” Real KC Chiefs Fans wrote.
“UPDATE: During Sundays broadcast Holden Armenta from California a Native that belongs to the Chumash Tribe. His Grandfather is on the Chumash Tribe board up in Santa Ynez. This is his family at Super Bowl LVII. Everyone is making a massive deal out of this and only trying to show one side of his face to push their narrative. Real Kansas City Chiefs Fans Salutes You Holden And Your Family,” the account added.
It might get even worse for Deadspin. Real Kansas City Chiefs Fans tells The Politics Brief in an update: “I’ve also been told his tribe Chumash tribe counsel might come out soon and make a statement.”
That should be fun.
Adding to the bad optics for Deadspin over its indefensible article, Shannon publicly shared many adorable photos of little Holden in traditional Native American garb.
They even have a tee-pee. Ouch.
It also turns out Holden is quite the developing football player and would make the Kansas City Chiefs proud.
It turns out: KC warpaint kid Holden Armenta can really ball.
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 29, 2023
Someone who shouldn’t be “proud” is the author of Deadspin’s hit piece, Carron Phillips, who has deleted his tweet after doubling down.
After defaming a little boy, Carron Philips has finally deleted the deranged tweet where he doubled down.
He must’ve lawyered up. pic.twitter.com/n6oqSuxl70
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) November 28, 2023
“After defaming a little boy, Carron Philips has finally deleted the deranged tweet where he doubled down,” the popular X account End Wokeness posted. “He must’ve lawyered up.”
The Deadspin story is still posted on X; however, it has been Community-Noted into infamy.
The NFL needs to speak out against the Kansas City Chiefs fan in Black face, Native headdress https://t.co/9eGBsA8nca
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 27, 2023
It looks even more ridiculous when you see the adorable kid chanting next to Chiefs players on the sidelines.
Yeah, the black Chiefs players look totally offended by this Native American kid’s so-called “blackface”
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) November 29, 2023
Here’s the backstory: During CBS’ broadcast of a Kansas City Chiefs game, the camera caught a glimpse of a young fan wearing a Native American headdress. It only showed the right half of his face, which was painted black.
Instead of doing more research, Woke sports media sites like Deadspin accused the kid of wearing “Black face,” a demeaning form of mockery of African-Americans popular in the 1930s, and have since failed to retract their accusations despite the abundance of known facts flying in the face of their half-baked narrative.
The main problem is that left side of the child’s face was painted red, plainly repping Chiefs colors, while the other half was painted black.
Any thinking person knows that this would not be “Black face”; in addition, wearing a Native American headdress has nothing to do with “Black face.” It flat-out makes no sense.
“Deadspin published a hit piece on a little kid for wearing face paint of his team colors,” the popular X account End Wokeness remarked. “They even used a camera angle to make it look like he was wearing blackface. I hope he sues them into oblivion.”
It would be bad enough just to write an attack piece on a child while pushing an ignorant political agenda, but the writer of the piece, Carron J. Phillips, even doubled down.
Libs of TikTok remarked on the situation:
Shame on you trying to ruin a young child’s life. Hope he sues you for defamation. https://t.co/XAyenORfQ6
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) November 28, 2023
“Shame on you trying to ruin a young child’s life. Hope he sues you for defamation,” she said.
“How soon they forget,” Syzmon Thomas said, while referring to Nicholas Sandmann, who prevailed in his defamation lawsuits against the corporate media. “I hope the parents sue.”
How soon they forget.
I hope the parents sue. pic.twitter.com/4bhxzxlmcZ
— Syzmon Thomas (@ThomasSzymon) November 27, 2023
Whether or not Holden Armenta is Native American, the Deadspin hit piece was inexcusable. They might have to learn a costly narrative in reporting facts first before inventing a half-cocked Woke narrative.