World Football Takes One Step Forward, Alex Takes Two Steps Back
Homosexuality is definitely a hot-button topic right now, and it seems that everyone has something to say on the subject even if it does not directly pertain to their lives.
The most recent example of this came form Paris Saint-Germain defender Alex. The Brazilian center-back was interviewed on French news program Canal+ and was quoted remarking to the effect of, ‘God created Adam and Eve, not Adam a Yves.’ Not only can this be deemed extremely insensitive, but there is no reason for him to voice his negative opinion on the subject.
This comes at an incredibly poor time as well as the famous German international, Thomas Hitzlsperger, has just came out to the world as being homosexual. The former Aston Villa and Stuttgart midfielder was touched by the outpouring of support he received from players and fans alike. In particular, fellow German international and current Arsenal forward, Lukas Podolski, showed support to his former teammate over Twitter.
Brave and right decision. Respect, Thomas Hitzlsperger. His outing is a important sign in our time. pic.twitter.com/c69Oml2Ocp
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) January 8, 2014
Hitzlsperger is the first Premier League footballer to open up about his homosexuality and has set a great precedent for other players who feel ashamed or frightened to admit it as well.
Though not a footballer, Great Britain Olympic medalist Tom Daley was recently reported as being in an openly gay relationship. He has also received a great reception from fans and athletes, just like Hitzlsperger.
Yet it is hardly ever the support that makes the news, but instead it those that lash out at what they disagree with or do not understand. This is unfortunate, but the times are surely changing and with each step more and more professional athletes will feel accepted by their peers and will accept themselves for who they are.
As for Alex’s interview with Canal+, it will be airing this evening in France. Poor timing on his part, and it is simply a situation of, ‘if you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything at all.’
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