Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Superbowl Sunday is today. I may be the only person in America not tuning in. I’d rather read or write. Especially after reading Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. For all my North Carolina followers, Fountain earned a B.A. in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and a law degree from Duke’s Law School.
I wanted to get this posted on Superbowl Sunday; so the synopsis is straight from the publisher:
“A razor-sharp satire set in Texas during America’s war in Iraq, it explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. Ben Fountain’s remarkable debut novel follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.”
Ironically, as I was writing this post, I received an email from Change.org with the subject line, Super Bowl Sunday. There were several petitions to sign… NFL Teams: Pay Your Cheerleaders a Living Wage and Stop Punishing NFL Players for Using Marijuana. I chose to sign Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of The National Football League. I had no idea!
Here’s more information about the National Football League – “The Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, makes nearly $30 million a year — earning more than the heads of companies like Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart. Through TV deals alone, the NFL has inked nearly $30 billion with various television networks. And so often, fans like you and me are asked to foot the bill for new stadiums through our own taxes. Yet despite being the most profitable sports league in the entire world, the NFL does not pay federal taxes.”
After reading Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, I find the fact the National Football League doesn’t pay taxes even more offensive. A unique story highlighting what our society values… where we spend our money… the realities of politics… inequality.