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Bryant, Noah, McDowell: Quite the Ménage à Trois

28 May

L'Amour, L'Amour, L'Amour

Thanks to my friend Jen Lockett for inspiring this story.  That past few months have done nothing to encourage LGBT youth to engage in sports.  In April we witnessed Klassy Kobe with his Queer Bashing.  Then in May, Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell made national headlines for making anti-gay slurs at a group of fans in San Francisco. “He also made crude gestures at the fans, in full view of children who were in the crowd,” McDowell’s over the top homophobia may be an indication that he is spending time in bathroom stalls tapping his foot waiting for Larry Craig.  And to round out this trio of twisted troglodytes, we had Joakim Noah also using the word “faggot,” perhaps he was addressing a love interest.

While all three bigots made the 3 minute obligatory apologies, none of them rang true.  When will it become completely unacceptable to use homophobic epithets?  John Amaechi, the now retired and openly gay NBA star recalls how painful it was for him upon coming out:

First of all, I wouldn’t want him on my team,” Hardaway told a radio host in 2007. “You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. 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.

My personal experience is that men who truly are heterosexual and comfortable being heterosexual have absolutely no problem with gays.  However, those that are not secure in their sexuality seem to prove to be squeaky wheels, or at least they were being squeaked. Again, I ask when is enough enough?  When do we stop rewarding bigoted behavior?  When will companies like Nike say: “sorry, but we don’t want homophobic bigots representing our company?  Click here to see the full article.

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Bigot of the Week Award: April 22

22 Apr

Bigot of the Week Award

Of course, Nike earns a dishonorable mention this week for its full support of the bigot Kobe Bryant.  Just a point of interest: Gilbert Gottfried was immediately terminated by Aflac for his distasteful jokes about the earthquake in Japan, as he should have been. When Kobe Bryant says “faggot,” Nike’s response is: we fully support the athlete Kobe, despite what our hollow diversity statement purports. Boycott Nike!

How very sad for our LGBT brothers and sisters in Montana this week when Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled that it is completely legal to discriminate against same-sex couples.  The six couples were not pushing for marriage equality, but rather  they wanted to be able to make burial, health care and other decisions, while enjoying such benefits as jointly filing taxes.  Sherlock’s verdict earns him this week’s BWA.  Same-sex couples don’t even have hospital visitation rights to see their partners.  Montana’s attorney general responded that: Montana can’t extend spousal benefits to gay couples because those benefits are limited to married couples by definition.  Then allow for Marriage Equality you bunch of bigots.  We can add Montana as not a safe place for the LGBT community–if you go to visit, be sure to wear your pink triangle!

Nike Stands Behind Bigot Bryant: Follow Up Interview

19 Apr

Boycott Bigots of Nike

As TSM reported, Kobe Bryant has appealed the fine assessed for calling a referee a “faggot” during a Lakers game last week. Nor have we learned of any action to substantiate his words of apology.  What is worse is that Nike has made it clear that they will support the bigoted Bryant regardless; after all he is an “athlete.”  When I asked Nike for a response regarding Bryant’s appeal to the fine, I got:

There has been no change in Nike’s position or statement beyond our conversation on Friday. I would decline to comment further at this time.

I then asked if Nike would could please explain what are the criteria for hiring an “athlete” as a spokesperson.  Nike’s official response:

Michael, again, I am going to decline to comment further at this time.

The diversity statement that Nike publishes on their website apparently is just as hollow as Bryant’s apology.  Nike must use the Senator Kyl philosophy where their words are not intended to represent truth. While Bryant may not have intended to specifically refer to that individual referee as a “faggot,” it is clear that it was the first word that came to mind. Nike has now made a clear decision, sadly true, that it is perfectly acceptable to use a pejorative against the LGBT community. I can only wonder what all of the LGBT employees at Nike must be thinking.  Like Target, I am now calling for a world-wide boycott of Nike. I encourage all LGBT folks and LGBT allies to contact the HRC to change the status of Nike.

When will it finally be unacceptable to use slurs against the LGBT community? This seems like a perfectly appropriate opportunity to call your attention to how attitudes shape the risk of suicide attempts amongst LGBT youth.

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