Let’s get a few things out of the way first. No. 1, I have nothing against homosexuality. No. 2, I’m a huge Missouri fan who is still stoked about the amazing season Michael Sam had in the toughest conference in the nation.
That said, onto the point.
Am I the only one who thinks that all this media coverage about professional athlete’s sexual preferences is completely pathetic and overdone?
I understand that it was incredibly brave for Sam to do what he did. I really do. But if the objective of all this coverage and hype about sexuality is designed to make people feel comfortable with their sexuality and no different than all the rest of us, then why are they treated so differently?
If Michael Sam was given the choice between (a) announcing his sexuality and having it the talk of the sporting world, or (b) announcing his sexuality and having it show up in a couple headlines and fade away, I’ll bet he chooses option (b). The only way he chooses (a) is if he is an egotistical maniac who wants to build up his own importance, and I doubt if Sam is that kind of person. Again, if the objective is to make homosexuality a norm, then why is it treated as such an abnormality?
It is awesome to see the support for Sam, both from his teammates and from the entire world in general, but is it really necessary to hype it up this much? Now the likes of Michelle Obama are calling him a hero and an inspiration. Why does the first lady of the United States’ opinion on the subject even matter?
I don’t think his sexuality will negatively affect him in the NFL. I would be more confident in that statement if this media explosion wasn’t happening. Anytime you put someone on a pedestal like this, it has a tendency to backfire (see Tim Tebow). The best possible situation is for this to fade to background noise before the draft.
On a similar note, I read on ESPN the bottom line today about Olympian Ireen Wust winning the gold in speed skating. It read something like “Ireen Wust, who is gay, wins Olympic gold…” Why add the “who is gay” into the news? It’s as if they’re treating it as a defect or a hindrance, and that’s exactly what they’re trying to prevent, or at least that’s how I understand it.
I wrote an article about the Washington Redskins‘ possible name change last year, and it got a lot of irate responses. But I want to restate one quote I used in that article: Famous actor Morgan Freeman said awhile back that the best way to get rid of racism is to stop talking about it. Doesn’t the same apply here?
If homosexuality is going to become normal and accepted as it should be, stop talking about it and treating those who come out as gay as though they are out of the ordinary.