Some things go beyond mere hypocrisy:
Noted scholar of fascism, Hannah Arendt, observed that very often totalitarians would fight the hardest over and accuse others of harboring ideas that they, themselves harbored or were in fact already putting into motion.
Three decades before that, the iconic German father of psychiatry, Sigmund Freud, coined a term for a psychological defense mechanism that has now fallen into everyday use — when we accuse others of behaviors that we ourselves are doing, or wish to do: projection.
A century after Freud’s inestimable contribution, we must now add a new one to the lexicon: “pulling a LeBron.”
After nearly a month of ridiculous accusations by LeBron James that Nick Saban’s “‘Bama Cuts” show was stolen from him — an idea so lacking in novelty that shooting the *** in a barber’s chair has been a cultural trope for over 80 years — we finally see the full Arendtian/Freudian contours of LeBron’s objections.
Adventure Enterprises has sued James, claiming James and his media platform UNINTERRUPTED stole its idea for a barbershop-themed roundtable show, according to TMZ Sports.
In the lawsuit, Adventure Enterprises says it pitched James on the idea and had several discussions with UNINTERRUPTED. Adventure Enterprises said James and UNINTERRUPTED created their own show based on a similar idea called The Shop.
Adventure Enterprises is seeking an injunction preventing any more episodes and is seeking cash, according to TMZ Sports, which first reported details of the lawsuit.
Gall. Chutzpah. Projection. Hypocrisy. Or, to class this joint up a bit, lets’ turn to the OG of leaden prose, the King James Bible:
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
-Matthew 7:3-5 (KJV)
LeBron, your mote is showing.