Which obviously led to this exchange...
Jesus, I can't believe I have to do this--AGAIN--but here goes:
Dear Logan Morrison,
As you may have noticed, we like jokes around these parts. Sports are supposed to be fun and jokes are funny, so it's kind of a natural fit. They lighten the mood and make things feel a little better when your favorite team is doing whatever the hell it is you call it that your teammates are doing on the field this year.
Now that we've established what jokes are and why they're cool, let's talk about homophobia. Homophobia isn't strictly limited to two macho dudes beating up a gay guy in an alley, though that would certainly make understanding it much, much easier. No, homophobia is sometimes about reinforcing stereotypes. Stereotypes like, "Yo, gay guys are into girly things, like fashion. High-five, bro!" for instance.
Now let's talk about being gay in professional sports. Not that I would know what that's like from personal experience, but I'd imagine it's pretty difficult, considering only ONE guy has come out, and all this idiocy has happened in just the last six years:
"You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known," Hardaway said. "I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States."Chris Culliver:
In the interview, Lange asked Culliver if there are any gay players on the 49ers roster, "No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they got to get up out of here if they do," Culliver said. "Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah ... can't be ... in the locker room man. Nah."Mike Wallace:
All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH...Part of the reason there aren't more stories of athletes coming out is because of this caveman culture that exists throughout sports, a culture that doesn't exactly promote acceptance. Most of the time, it actively fights against it. How is an athlete supposed to feel comfortable in his own skin when the people he's closest with make it abundantly clear that they wouldn't be entirely comfortable with it? Or that they'd mocked him openly?
"Maybe they can give me fashion advice." You see, it's funny because gay guys are like women, not real men. Maybe that gay dude should get in the kitchen and fix me a sammich, amirite?
Listen, jokes are funny. Gay jokes aren't. Not when it's 2013 and assholes still aren't comfortable with the idea of a dude loving another dude. These jokes do nothing but put down an entire group of people still fighting to gain the same rights and respect as the rest of us. (You knew this, once upon a time.)
You like to joke. That's cool. We all do. But not about this. Not today. Not when your joke marginalizes a person who did something so unbelievably brave that the President of the United States of America openly commended him. You've got 130,000 Twitter followers and a platform, and instead of showing support for Jason Collins, you chose to make fun of him, doing the very thing that's kept him from coming out of the closet his whole life.
Congratulations, you're a shitty Anthony Jeslenik.
P.S., I'm sorry you don't like my blog. Guess my dick jokes are a little too highbrow for you.