Simply as John Stamos struggled to separate himself from Uncle Jesse, there’s going to be an adjustment interval earlier than anybody can take Stephen A. Smith screaming about politics on his podcast critically.
Whereas the viewers would possibly want time to regulate, Smith determined to leap proper in, with the First Take host utilizing the second episode of his Know Mercy podcast to handle accusations of sexual assault in opposition to Donald Trump, Invoice Clinton’s escapades, the Mar-a-Lago raid and its influence on future elections, Merrick Garland, abortion, and way more.
We’ve grown accustomed to listening to Smith’s showmanship and passionate rants in regards to the Knicks or his brash scorching takes about Kyrie Irving. However listening to Smith give political takes whereas ranting in regards to the Clintons as in the event that they’re the Knicks or Yankees will take some getting used to. Smith’s impression of Invoice Clinton, nevertheless, I’ll by no means get used to.
Stephen A. ranting in regards to the Clintons on his podcast as in the event that they’re the Knicks will take some getting used to pic.twitter.com/CvFpU9fr6B
— Brandon Contes (@BrandonContes) September 28, 2022
The First Take host opened the second episode of his new podcast by happening an inventory of politicians and celebrities who’ve abused or been accused of abusing ladies, which is why Clinton’s identify was talked about in connection to Monica Lewinsky. Smith launched the subject within the episode titled “Women, we have to hear you!” by briefly rehashing the Boston Celtics-Ime Udoka scandal.
“Over the previous couple of days, I made some information,” Smith acknowledged. “As a result of the Boston Celtics of the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation discovered their franchise, particularly through their head coach, embroiled in some controversy.”
That controversy had Smith desirous to repeat the necessity for ladies to have a distinguished voice. “Regardless of which method we slice it, we have to hear ladies,” Smith mentioned. “We want to verify the women know, we all know we have to hear y’all.”
Curiously, through the greater than hour-long podcast episode, Smith by no means referenced some of the distinguished headlines he made after the Udoka story broke, the place he shut down his feminine colleague Malika Andrews for interrupting him “on my present,” First Take. Even when he doesn’t consider an apology was warranted, glossing over that interplay whereas preaching the necessity to “hear ladies” was odd.
However the early point out of Udoka was essentially the most sporty facet of Smith’s podcast episode No. 2. Not like Mike Francesa, who has touted, however did not ship on making politics extra of a spotlight in his current digital reveals, Smith has already made true on his promise to launch a non-sports podcast.
Smith’s need to see his model develop into one thing that transcends ESPN is clear. And whereas it is likely to be unusual for his ordinary viewers to listen to him yelling about politics, Smith doesn’t seem to have any inclination of easing into the enterprise.[Know Mercy]