Fact-checkers MIA as LeBron compares Covid to flu or cold; Michael Rapaport leads trickle of online rage

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Left-wing hero LeBron James has seemingly taken a stand against COVID orthodoxy, triggering a little rage from COVID zealots but far less than is usually directed at any conservative who also dissents against this veritable religion.

On Christmas Day, the NBA star posted a meme to Instagram depicting three iterations of Spider Man, with each Spider Man pointing at the other.

It was a reiteration of the “Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man” meme, which is based off of a clip from the original “Spider-Man” cartoon series.

In episode 19b, named “Double Identity,” a villain tries to imitate the super hero, leading to a scene of them pointing at each other, with each claiming the other is the imposter and that they are the real Spider Man.

Many years later, the scene was converted into a meme used to point out how two different things are basically the same.

Except in James’ version, there were three versions of Spider Man, and more importantly, they were named COVID, Cold and Flu. He appeared to be suggesting that all three are virtually the same in some aspects.

View the meme below:

Symptom-wise, he had a point, or at least regarding the Omicron variant.

The most common symptoms of the variant are a “runny nose,” a “headache,” “fatigue,” sneezing” and a “sore throat.”

That being said, the coronavirus continues to kill people — mainly those who are either unvaccinated or suffer from comorbidities — and so James’ tweet provoked some outrage, though it seemed somewhat muted.

Here are a few examples (*Language warning):

Note that foul-mouthed Hollywood actor Michael Rapaport has long been beefing with James.

What you won’t find on Twitter are any “journalists” and commentators from CNN and MSNBC — two networks known for their COVID zealotry — excoriating James.

As of Sunday, also missing were scathing columns from the likes of The Washington Post and The New York Times tearing into him for his “misinformation.”

Also, just like an anti-white BuzzFeed column has been allowed to trend on Twitter despite the social media network’s “hate speech” rules, so has James’ meme despite the network’s “misinformation” rules.

This discrepancy in treatment hasn’t gone unnoticed.

That being said, there are two additional types of responses that can be seen on online.

The first type is excitement and praise from conservatives who’ve been arguing the same point:

The second type is defensiveness from some of James’ fans who say he was just sharing a “harmless” meme:

It’s believed James posted the meme out of frustration with the NBA’s COVID protocols.

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