'Colin in Black & White': What is Kaepernicking? Ex-49ers QB filed to trademark move
Colin Kaepernick was a trendsetter, quite literally as his 'Kaepernicking' became something of a phenomenon. For those unaware, 'Kaepernicking' was the act of kissing one's bicep as a way of celebrating and the San Francisco 49ers quarterback made that gesture go viral when he kissed his muscled and tattooed bicep after a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins on December 9, 2012. And that was the start of the all-famous and still in-vogue gesture.
And that wasn't the end of it, less than two months into the start of the trend, the star reportedly decided to trademark the move. 'Kaepericking' joins the string of moves that players showcase in celebration. If it was Tebowing (the act to get down on a knee and start praying) that took the NFL world by storm in 2011 and Griffining (sitting on the field with the arms raised outward) did the rounds in the early 2012 season, then Kaepernick's celebration set the buzz going in 2013.
'Kaepernicking' is just one of the many things that the former 49ers QB is known for. His most controversial move was when took a knee during the national anthem in 2016 at the start of NFL games in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the US. The 33-year-old is now in the news again for being the subject of Ava DuVernay's latest series for Netflix that explores the teenage life of the NFL player and some of the experiences that have made him a known activist in the country.
The official synopsis reads: “Colin in Black & White chronicles Kaepernick’s coming of age story, tackling the obstacles of race, class, and culture as the Black adopted child of a white family. ‘Colin in Black & White’ stars Jaden Michael as Young Colin before reaching the highest levels of American football as an NFL quarterback and becoming a cultural icon and activist; Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker as his well-meaning parents Rick and Teresa; and Colin Kaepernick himself, who appears as the present-day narrator of his own story, guiding viewers through a robust and colorfully presented array of historical and contemporary contextual moments. You don’t know Kaepernick until you know Colin.”
'Colin in Black & White' premieres on October 29 on Netflix.