Dwyane Wade trashed on Twitter over questionable motivational quote
Dwyane Wade’s heart presumably was in the right place when recently attempting to deliver a motivational quote on social media. But the NBA star’s best efforts nevertheless backfired on him.
Wade took to Twitter earlier this week to dispense some wisdom about effort being the biggest predictor of success. Specifically speaking, Wade espoused how work ethic is the only thing that stands in the way of realizing one’s dreams.
“You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic” Good morning go get what’s yours!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 17, 2018
Some people on Twitter took great offense to Wade equating being saddled with a minimum wage income to having a poor work ethic (as curated by Total Pro Sports):
Look if you want to motivate people, fine do THAT. But stop equating one’s wages to their work-ethic, there’s no correlation and often times it’s ppl in low-paying jobs grinding the hardest. And to hell w/ the “go get it” oversimplified take on ppl financial struggles! pic.twitter.com/7sQJYwDzdV
— Lemon Season (@LemonClarkMedia) July 17, 2018
People on minimum wage don't mean they don't have a massive work ethic
— kelvin hove (@tapiwa81) July 17, 2018
The quote means you can’t achieve high aspirations with minimal effort, but to associate “low work ethic” with minimum wage is incredibly classist.
— Drewstantopolis (@potatoboat) July 17, 2018
DWade you should read the wonderful book “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich. You would learn a lot about the work ethic of individuals who earn minimum wage instead of a living wage in the US.
— S. Jean-Pierre (@sherleyjpierre) July 17, 2018
I get what you’re trying to say. But this ain’t it. People who make minimum wage have to work extremely hard just to make ends meet. Maybe multiple jobs. And actually most minimum wage jobs are very physical and labor intensive
— Talia Caldwell (@ESOTERICTalia) July 17, 2018
1.I think it’s very disrespectful of you to think because someone makes minimum wage that they lack work ethic! I have worked the same minimum wage job for 7 years and get up at 2:45 am every morning and give it all I’ve got day in and day out! I’m offended by your remarks!
— Micheal Gabbard (@BaddMaddMike) July 17, 2018
wow the rich really do just full on lose touch with reality don't they
— violue · brought to you by Zoloft™ (@violue) July 18, 2018
you’re my fav basketball player, but dude this tweet sucks. minimum wage workers are disparaged enough, they don’t need a millionaire putting down their work ethic. if youve ever worked a minimum wage job, i hope you can dig back and remember what it was like.
— nh (@amaninamerica) July 17, 2018
guessing you didn't think this was going to back fire like that huh pic.twitter.com/pXiBNfGw6B
— Conrad Tokyo (@BeemerSin86) July 17, 2018
As noted, Wade was aspiring to provide some worthwhile words was wisdom, a noble pursuit, indeed. However, as Twitter noticed, the sentiment came off as a little bit tone-deaf. Wade’s arguable misstep was not the end of the world by any stretch. That does not mean he should not have been called on it, though.