Russell Wilson Tried To Be Cool In New Poster, Failed At Being Cool. | Gradient

Russell Wilson tried to be cool in new poster, failed at being cool.


Russell Wilson is a lot of things: an elite NFL quarterback, an adorable newlywed to pop star Ciara, a doting stepfather to Ciara’s son, the target of an infamous beef with Ciara’s rapper ex-boyfriend (and father of her son), Future. Seriously, a lot of things. But more than the Superbowl win and similarly accomplished spouse, Russell Wilson is above all, corny. He’s, so, so corny. Lame enough to do this poster, which Darren Rovell shared:

Some, like poet and MTV News columnist Hanif Abdurraqib-Muhammad immediately recognized the comic potential of cracking on Russell Wilson dressed like Rambo (but, like, a corny version), in his attempt to homage to the iconic Costacos Brothers, a line of 90’s era posters featuring star athletes pose as pseudo-action heroes. Kids, author included, hung them in their bedrooms to venerate the best in the game. Millennials of a certain age would have killed to have this Ken Griffey, Jr. adorning their bedroom door:

Ken Griffey Jr The Kid

Russell is not cool like Ken Griffey. He’s not Rambo. He’s a good athlete that talks a little too much about being celibate before marriage. He’s the kind of guy that welcomes the pun “Dangeruss Wilson” on his branding material. Twitter users were quick to pick up on:

For those of you saying, knock it off, it’s for charity. Mannnn, you guys are killjoys. Let us have this.

You can search “Russell Wilson poster” on Twitter and join in.

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040


United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

Subscribe on iTunes.

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039


Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038


This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher.

New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.