ESPN reporter abruptly cuts off NBA all-star celebrity MVP Win Butler's political speech
'We're talking about celebrity stuff, not politics,' reporter says before plug pulled
An ESPN reporter abruptly shut down Win Butler when he started a spiel about the U.S. election after he was minted MVP at the NBA all-star celebrity game.
Team Canada's Arcade Fire singer was chatting with ESPN's Sage Steele following the celebrity matchup at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
During the post-game interview, Butler attempted to discuss the U.S. election, but Steele shut it down — fast.
How bout Win Butler getting cut off for speaking truth? <a href="https://t.co/0XoxZSWCPL">pic.twitter.com/0XoxZSWCPL</a>—@IamJayDubs
"The U.S. has a lot they can learn from Canada, health care, taking care of people," Butler said before music started to play and he was cut off by Steele.
"We're talking about celebrity stuff, not politics," she said.
And that was that.
Viewers were not impressed by the not-so-subtle segue.
Bad look for ESPN/Sage Steele to short-circuit Win Butler and draw a bright line between "celebrity stuff"/politic… <a href="https://t.co/UDA6MjQ9JY">https://t.co/UDA6MjQ9JY</a>—@StarCore
.<a href="https://twitter.com/sagesteele">@sagesteele</a> cutting off Win Butler's comments on elections and healthcare just makes <a href="https://twitter.com/espn">@espn</a> and America look that much worse. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBAAllStarTO?src=hash">#NBAAllStarTO</a>—@PaliNawali