Wow, what a weekend! I can now get gay married in Arkansas, the NFL has its first openly gay player, and a bearded drag queen who looks a lot like Jesus is now the winner of Eurovision. If there was any doubt that my people are on the march let this put it to rest.
So what is a homophobe to do in this epoch of gay liberation? Some good advice might be to keep your mouth shut.
The Dolphins swiftly and publicly reprimanded Don Jones late Sunday for his Twitter remarks critical of Michael Sam, fining him and barring him from team activities until he undergoes sensitivity training.
In a statement released by the team, Jones apologized for tweeting “omg” and “horrible” after seeing Sam sharing a celebratory kiss with his partner on national TV Saturday evening. Sam had just been drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round, becoming the first openly gay player selected by an NFL team.
“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media,” said Jones, a backup defensive back. “I take full responsibility for them, and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment.
Dan Savage makes the point quite well here.
"The real story here is that we are rapidly approaching the tipping point that I've been talking and writing about for years. Once upon a time white people used to be able to go on TV and say the most racist shit imaginable (argue against legal interracial marriage, argue in favor of segregation) and keep their jobs and be invited back on TV to say that shit a second time. Then one day you couldn't say that shit (not on TV, at least) and keep your job and be invited back to say that shit again. Opinions that used to be considered 'respectable' were suddenly toxic career enders. We are rapidly reaching the same tipping point on LGBT issues. You can believe whatever you want, but you have to be careful when and how you express your anti-gay animus. Because it could cost you."This isn't specific to LGBT issues as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling can attest to. We live in a world where virtually everyone walks around with a miniature recording studio with global up-link in their pockets. Anything you say or do anywhere can be recorded and given immortality on the internet. This gives Bill Maher, who I am usually on the same page with, the sadz.
The genie isn't going back in the bottle. People can record you and so people will record you. In an age where real privacy is a thing of the past the best way to prevent yourself from being exposed as a racist or a homophobe is not to be one. Equality for all people, it's not hard.