Former NFL Quarterback Brett Favre, to the dismay of both left-leaning political and sports media, has emerged as a leading conservative voice fighting the culture war. It has not earned him plaudits or popularity among elite institutions and pundits but anyone speaking out against the elites of today cannot expect anything but torment. Favre is a blueprint worth following for conservative celebrities, whether in hiding or publicly out.
Favre could have retired like any other right-aligned athlete. Move to Los Angeles or some other leftist enclave, and play golf all day while living and drinking among people who hate him and what he stands for. He could have sold out and become an ESPN host, parroting Disney’s woke talking points. He could have cashed in on his fame and pushed aside his beliefs.
Favre, a Republican who endorsed Donald Trump for president in 2020, has shown himself unafraid to engage in a culture war that any serious conservative today is cognizant of. He started a podcast with conservative commentator Eric Bolling in February, and it has quickly become popular among sports fans eager for a shift in the suffocating far-left climate.
Sports media, a clustered environment that has revolved around a few big names for far too long, is being democratized. Joining the likes of Clay Travis’s website Outkick (recently acquired by Fox News), as well as Will Cain and other select right-leaning personalities, Favre is in a position to shift the sociopolitical discourse in the other direction thanks to his stature and prior favorability.
One need only look at our former president to understand the effect a non-swamp creature can have on the political conversation. Favre may not be a politician with legislative powers, sure, but media is where narrative building really takes place. If Democrat-allied media was able to promulgate a four-year lie that Trump colluded with Russians and incited a Capitol breach, it seems pretty clear that brave media figures in any industry are in a position to change hearts and minds (for the better).
And so this week, Favre made headlines again. Amid a brewing transgender
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