Jason Collins is gay!!! As the first openly homosexual male in one of Amurica’s major sports, he is also a hero.? I am sure that Jason Collins is a hero to some but he certainly has not garnered the support of all. Despite calls of support from various celebs, from The White House to Magic Johnson, everyone is not on the exact same page with Mr. Collins (no relation).
There are some, like Charles Barkley who just don’t give a damn. As he said last night on TNT’s NBA playoff pre-game show, the Chuckster just doesn’t care who you are sleeping with and doesn’t understand why it has to be broadcast to the world. I don’t remember him complaining about all the attention Gabrielle Union was getting when she was on the sidelines cheering on her boo D Wade, but I digress. If we don’t care about the sex lives of movie stars and athletes, why are Basketball Wives and Love and Hip Hop so damn popular? Chuck I feel you, but I think you don’t want to talk about Jason Collins being gay because you don’t agree with it (as you clearly stated) not because you don’t care. And that’s ok, because she goes both ways.
Then there are some like Kenny “The Jet” Smith who believe that Collins is bold for coming out but it doesn’t change the truth of his career…..”that he still can’t score very well”. I love it!!!!! I darn near fell out of my seat when he said that. Gay or straight homeboy your game is still borderline NBA acceptable. Kenny was also is not so quick to call him a hero or say that he is proud of Jason Collins for coming out. He is more proud of him because of his character and commitment to the communities he’s played in. And I can respect that, because she goes both ways.
And then there are folks like Chris Broussard!! Chris went in on Jason Collins…..#pause. Chris Broussard is a proud Christian and believes that living in open rebellion to God’s Word is sin and he would never willingly support such a lifestyle, homosexuality included. It’s nothing personal, he just can’t support things that fly in the face of his relationship with Jesus Christ. I love and admire a person willing to be uncompromising in their faith. Speak from personal knowledge and multiple trusted sources, Broussard seemingly walks his talk as much as possible. I dig that cause I understand she goes both ways.
The Jason Collins revelation, shoes how far we have progressed as a society. Though it was a top news story, most folks were pretty blah about him actually coming out! The passion in most discussions came from individuals stances on homosexuality in a general sense. It also highlighted how hypocritical our nation can be. When we have political and social factions demanding the protection of the 2nd Amendment we tend to be less stringent about defending the 1st! Especially when we don’t agree with an opposing opinion! But the 1st Amendment is a girl and she goes both ways. She protects the right of of Amuricans to speak their minds. She also protects the right for people to emphatically and with prejudice disagree with you! It protects the opinions of the KKK just as much as it protects minorities rights to call them idiots. It protects both sides of the aisle and those in between. Basically, the 1st Amendment is Amber Rose, pre-Wiz.
For the Jason Collins supporters, good for you and him. If his story helps you or someone you love than more power to you. For his detractors, detract away. Be it religious reasons or really stupid ones like homosexuality is contagious, do you. And both sides can be as vocal as they please within the bounds of the law. I think in this conversation its particularly interesting that the law protecting both sides of the argument goes both ways!! (s/o to Six Two for providing the inspiration for today’s post)
Do you think Jason Collins coming out was a big deal? Do you feel Chris Broussard should lose his job over his statements regard Jason Collins’ sexuality? Did you know the First Amendment was girl?