It’s no secret that I’m a passionate sports fan. While my favorites are baseball and basketball, I like to stay informed on most sports. However, even if you can’t tell the difference between a layup and a power play, the mainstream media has undoubtedly relayed the news of Missouri football defensive end and NFL prospect Michael Sam coming out of the closet. I’ll be perfectly honest: for the most part, I could care less about gays. I’ve always regarded the gay question as either a leftist pet cause or Republican wedge issue, each designed to distract people from far more pressing matters.
However, due to the absurd accolades heaped upon Michael Sam, including from no less than the White House, I’m annoyed enough to write a post in response. Perhaps you haven’t gotten the memo, but Michael Sam is a hero! The first openly gay NFL draft prospect, he’s Jackie Robinson born again. He’s an intrepid trailblazer who broke the sexual orientation barrier, braving the hordes of bigots all the while. He represents a progression of America’s moral conscience that’s no longer beholden to its intolerant past.
And he’s a perfect illustration of the sheer absurdity of the DIC’s logic. To hear the cultural left tell it, members of designated oppressed groups face unrelenting oppression, daily “microaggressions,” disrespect from the mainstream media, marginalization, and an overall lack of recognition. So one would expect that when this heroic homo came out of the closet to endure an unforgiving heteronormative world, he would be subjected to all kinds of abuse. Except that he wasn’t.
Obviously, there were vulgar and hateful comments made about him in certain comments sections online. Such is the nature of the internet. His own old school dad also wasn’t too thrilled about his son being gay. However, by and the large, the reaction of the mainstream media and prominent public figures was nothing less than celebratory. Nor is Michael Sam the only one to receive such approbation. When mediocre and aging basketball center Jason Collins came out of the closet around the time of his free agency, he was likewise given the hero treatment by the mainstream liberal establishment.
This really begs the question: If marginalized identities are so oppressed and denied a voice, why is it that the mainstream establishment, including leaders of the most powerful nation on earth, bend over backwards to celebrate and praise the likes of Michael Sam and Jason Collins? Jackie Robinson, upon becoming the first major league black player, was subjected to a torrent of abuse. Such abuse manifested itself in the form of flying objects directed at him, pitchers throwing at his head, catchers spitting on his shoes, and relentless racial obloquy. Yet aside from some nasty online comments, what abuse did Michael Sam and Jason Collins really endure?
The media reaction to Michael Sam demonstrates just how entrenched cultural liberalism is in the United States, and just how much minority activists and leftists are coddled. In their worldview, the United States is rife with white supremacy. Yet it’s not so prevalent that people like Tim Wise and Michael Eric Dyson can’t enjoy handsome speaking fees, appearances within the mainstream media, and access to corporations and universities. We’re also told that the United States is saturated in sexism. Yet it’s not so sexist that loony feminists such as Jessica Valenti, Amanda Marcotte, Hugo Schwyzer (before his fall from grace), and Anil Dash can’t wield influence. We also live in a repressive homophobic society, but not so homophobic that otherwise unremarkable athletes can’t earn pats on the back just for saying the words “I am gay.” Far from “fighting the power,” those who espouse cultural liberalism are the power.
Again, I don’t care too much about gays. Nevertheless, I can’t help but think that gay activists and their allies are poised to become as truculent and obnoxious as feminists and multiculturalists. If you think that they will be content with legal equality and gay marriage, think again. If even a meathead sport such as football can be reduced to some diversity rainbow celebration, then what’s to stop their influence in other arenas?
Since certain people in my personal life have brought it to my attention that individualism, equal rights, and liberty are fundamental Western values, I am not saying that Michael Sam should be barred from playing. Nor am I saying that he should be subjected to abuse and harassment just because of his biological proclivity. However, the constant fawning of the media is ridiculous. It should be made clear that being openly gay doesn’t make you the greatest thing since sliced bread, and that the purpose of sports is for the best players to compete, not to engage in the oppression olympics. Michael Sam himself seems to embrace his role as an athlete and not a professional fruitloop. I just wish that others would get the memo.
In the meantime, feel free to watch other sports than the National Fruitcake Limp-wristed league. They’re much better sports anyway.