ESPN Commentator’s Defense Of Singer Kate Smith Despite Her Racist History Isn’t Sitting Well With Viewers

The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers just took singer Kate Smith off their Spotify playlist.

Smith, a popular crooner from the 1930s, is getting posthumously canceled after lyrics to her blatantly racist song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” went viral on social media. Though some are defending the song as satire, professional sports organizations have vowed to stop playing Smith’s famous version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in response.

The ESPN show First Take erupted in fiery debate while discussing the removal of Smith’s national anthem from Yankee Stadium.

Furious pundit Will Cain launched into a passionate defense of Kate Smith — and totally shocked the internet.

Cain ranted about the backlash against Kate Smith and argued the offensive lyrics were a product of her time. But co-hosts Steven A. Smith and Max Kellerman were quick to point out that racism doesn’t have an expiration date.

The lyrics to Kate Smith’s controversial song are shockingly bad:

Someone had to pick the cotton
Someone had to pick the corn
Someone had to slave and be able to sing
That’s why darkies were born;

People on Twitter reacted to Cain’s flimsy defense of Kate Smith.

This guy had the perfect response to Cain’s ignorant comments.

But some on Twitter called Cain a straight-up racist.

While everyone roasted the pundit, at least one person defended him.

Others posted memes about Cain’s awkward outbursts on ESPN.

One thing’s for sure: many are sick and tired of Cain’s appearances on ESPN.

Applying modern social and political standards to famous figures from the past can be tricky.

But given what we know about the appalling lyrics sung by Kate Smith, it’s clearly time for a change.

If Yankee Stadium wants to feature a new voice singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” whose views  represent a more diverse, respectful America — that’s totally worth cheering for.