Monday, February 17, 2014

SHOW-ME THE GAY CARD: AN EXAMINATION OF THE MICHAEL SAM GAY CONFESSION



Now that the dust has settled over the media circus that followed Mizzou football player Michael Sam's highly touted gay confession, it's time to take a more reasoned look at the reality of situation.

The act of "coming out" is, in fact, a very brave statement for a great many people in this nation.

Why is it brave? Because people who reveal their LGBTQI identity are subject to discrimination, derision and even emotional and physical separation from their families. There are consequences to "coming out" in a family context given that such a long history of sexual discrimination in this nation and throughout the world.

In the workplace "coming out" is a different story. While workplace protections are limited and vary from region to region. It's important to know that LGBTQI people are protected by the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and in reality . . . No business, except maybe Cracker Barrel, wants to make a name for themselves as unfriendly to gay people. Like it or not, from the NFL to the corner store, it's bad for business to turn away any demographic.

Now . . .

Let's look at other sport heroes and their controversial stances through history.



When Muhammad Ali refused Army induction in 1967 the controversial move sparked a national debate and harsh attacks against boxing legend which earned him sanctions, seemingly limitless vitriol by sports and political pundits throughout the nation, people called him a coward and his athletic career was nearly put to a halt.

It was only later that Muhammad Ali's opposition to the war was proven correct and the public recognized his courageous stance for peace that put his public life at risk.

But let's look to an even more celebrated example who most now agree did the right thing.

While the press adored Jackie Robinson, his historic and brave stance was met with real and vicious attacks by other players and backward baseball fans throughout the nation.



Many opposing players went out of their way to spike Jackie Robinson and at nearly ever baseball outing the baseball legend was met with racial slurs and insults.

And now . . .

Contrast both of these historic, brave and groundbreaking efforts with the current media circus over Michael Sam.

Here's one question that no media pundit is willing to ask:

Where is the opposition to Michael Sam?

As far as I can tell, it's only the crackpots at Westboro Baptist Church who have expressed their stupid opposition to Michael Sam.

Moreover:

What's so brave about a decision that has not only earned praise from President Obama, nearly unanimous support from the University of Missouri student body and the adulation of nearly the entire mainstream media?!?!

If we measure bravery by taking risk then it's clear that there's very little downside to Michael Sam's decision to reveal his sexuality.

In fact, a simple look at the reality of ultra-competitive NFL football might reveal that the slow, small and scrawny lineman might actually benefit from national acclaim in a way that far surpasses his merits as an NFL draft prospect. Michael Sam's football future was unclear before the announcement of his sexual preference but now that he has played "The Gay Card" he has become a national sensation for so-called bravery that has done nothing but benefit his football career.

28 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Not bad, but I still think you'll find that a lot of people hold a grudge against Ali. The Jackie Robinson example was probably better to go with.

Anonymous said...

The LGBT movement will have finally achieved equality when they don't have to advertise every 'coming out' to the entire world.

Until that day comes, the rest of us will just believe they are trying to push their agenda in our faces. The incessant bludgeoning is getting quite tiresome. Honestly, we don't really care....

Anonymous said...

"the slow, small and scrawny lineman"
He will be down to your basement soon to kick your ass with his SEC Defensive Player of the Year trophy.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 252. Can't we all just judge based on performance?

I don't really care about the sexual orientation of anyone stupid enough to play in the NFL.

Anonymous said...

its like bibles in the hotel rooms in iowa who gives a shit he's gay

Anonymous said...

Tony's last paragraph is right on target. This is a career enhancement move for him. The NFL will make sure that he's drafted high, well paid, and is a starter his rookie year, lest there be the hint of discrimination involved.

Anonymous said...

3:17... he was projected, at best, a third or fourth rounder. that's higher than fifth or sixth, but I seriously doubt he'll go first or second. he'd still have to have an awesome combine just to creep into the second round. otherwise, I agree with you that the NFL will make sure some team takes him.

Richie Incognito said...

Well, I still think he's a real queerbait.

jodi hi roller said...

good points tony. in my most lofty, sacrosanct, oft quoted opinion:

-the eradication of football is a better outcome than a "tolerant football culture". president obama said he wouldn't let his kid play football and hes in the center. for the left its the same as its been since high school: most nerds/weirdos/hippies get picked on by someone like richie incognito in their life. no football? more $$ for the chess club. or public safety and infrastructure, in the grown up world.

-i don't really want to get into it but no one in a patriarchal white supremacist society than gay people of color.
http://www.juancole.com/2014/02/inequality-america-sentencing.html
is michael sam a legit role model for similarly positioned youngsters? or a propaganda device in the whole "america is more tolerant than russia" rigamarole? hard to say... but ups to tony for challenging the status quo on this'un

Anonymous said...

Undersized 4-3 rush end
likely drafted on second day
told everyone he loves rainbows
now he'll be be gay for pay

Anonymous said...

burma-shave

Anonymous said...

Wham Bam thank you Sam!

Anonymous said...

Obama is a faggot. No wonder he loves queerbait Sam. Sam and Byron can go back in the closet and suck each others brains out!

Anonymous said...

No. Brains aren't what we suck on each other.

Anonymous said...

Ali found religion to avoid the draft. Stop making him a hero.

Anonymous said...

Ali was a self aggrandizing chickenshit fuck who dodged the draft. The idea that the Cassius could read the tea leaves and see into the future, or had the courage if his Ghandi like convictions is fucking preposterous.

Anonymous said...

at least Ali wasn't a rim jobber

Anonymous said...

49s draft him in 4th round, fags in San Fran will come all over themselves. Will never be an NFL starter!

Anonymous said...

Agree with both 2:52 and 2:58 in a perfect world, but look at the comments that follow yours to see this ain't a perfect world.

Jodi's just nuts. I'm not into football, but I don't think eradicating something so many other people enjoy would be a good move.

Janet said...

I don't consider it "heroic" but I think it takes guts to be the first openly gay person. There's lots of gay men in football, but none of them admit it until after they retire, not even to their teammates or coaches.

He knew there would be speculation and rumors, so he announced it his way so he could control the tone of the message. If no one cared, there wouldn't have been rumors in the first place (and there were rumors in the media).

I do not get this fascination with other people's sex lives, be they celebrities or athletes or the neighbor next door.

If everyone minded their own damn business and treated EVERYONE with decency and respect, it wouldn't matter anymore.

Anonymous said...

WOW!! WOW WOW WOW!!!
This post has got to be a comedic ploy by Tony, to see if readers will actually take his words seriously!

Comparing Michael Sam's selfish attention-seeking attempt to create an excuse for his likely failure to go highly in the draft, to Ali and Robinson is nothing short of PREPOSTEROUS!!!! 100% TOTAL BS!!

At age 22, Ali was world champion and joined the Nation of Islam. Three years later he cited his religious beliefs, and refused conscription into the military. He held to his beliefs, was arrested, found guilty of draft evasion and stripped of his title. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1971.

Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play in MLB in the modern era, when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base in 1947.

Ali said his faith prevented him from supporting war and killing others.

Robinson said he just wanted the opportunity to play baseball at the highest level.

Michael Sam was never denied access to playing football. He voluntarily disclosed his sexual preference when it was not an issue and should have remained private as it is irrelevant to his sport. His team and many others at Mizzou were apparently already aware of this, so why exactly did he choose to publicly disclose the information prior to the draft? He sought to gain an advantage and to play the sympathy "gay card" as he doubted the draft would go well for him. A pre-emptive tactic so he can claim discrimination post-draft selection.

Anonymous said...

8:28: So, if it "was not an issue and should have remained private as it is irrelevant to his sport" why are you making such a big deal out of it?

Byron Funkhouser said...

If you don't understand why this is a big deal, then go back & read 4:34's comment. It doesn't matter how many times I say I'm not gay, as far as these idiots are concerned, I support equal rights for gays, therefore I must be gay. If people's sexuality doesn't matter to you than why do say that I'm gay?

Anonymous said...

8:33 comment, with respect, please read it again, as I don't think you're following the logic.

It was not an issue. A player's sexuality is irrelevant to one's ability to play in the NFL, as evidenced by former and current gay players. You either have the skills or you don't.

Ask yourself why every athlete up for the draft didn't make their own personal disclosure?
"I'm a heterosexual!"...."I'm a bisexual!"...."I'm a virgin!"...."I'm black, but only date Asian women!"...."I'm a porn addict!"...."I'm an alcoholic!"...."I smoke weed nearly everyday!"..."I like sex orgies!"...the list is endless, and you know alot of these apply to these athletes. So, how come Michael Sam is the only one grandstanding with his "personal" disclosure? That's what I do NOT like!

I'm not anti-gay.
I'm anti-stupid, anti-attention seeker, anti-excuse maker, anti-media hound, etc. You join the team, you never miss a practice or game, you work hard, you play your best where you can help the most, you follow the coaches instruction, and you DON'T make it about YOU, it's always about the TEAM!

Anonymous said...

Just got a letter from my Uncle Sam says...

Happy early April Fools Day!

Anonymous said...

9:48: Interesting as your comments are, if it weren't a big deal we wouldn't be discussing it. Just as in the 1950's people wouldn't have been discussing miscegenation if it weren't a big deal. One day a person's sexual orientation will not be a big deal, but we're not there yet.

Anonymous said...

Geez! Some people do not understand a logical argument when you explain it to them multiple times.

Abandon ship, you are sinking into the sea of poisonous propaganda disguised as news.

Anonymous said...

If it were logical, you wouldn't have to explain it.