Re: Why did ESPN have to shove personal Sam moment down our throats?
posted at 5/13/2014 8:34 PM EDT
Excellent post by Agill ... it takes a big person to admit their discomfort is their issue and not someone else's.
Per points of view, the point of view that gay people, or anyone really, shouldn't be on TV is bigotry. You are entitled to be a bigot, but others are entitled to call a spade a spade. A non bigoted person might not care, they might think its cool, they might cheer for it, but they'd never want to bar someone from TV based on the fact that they might (shock and horror) kiss their significant other. Back when Star Trek had Kirk and Uhura kiss, there were tons of people who thought Roddenberry was shoving it in their face. Its childish. Other people going about their life and ESPN covering a Very newsw event is not shoving it in your face any more than ESPN's 500 cuts to AJ McCarron kissing whatsherface is McCarron shoving his heterosexuality in your face or ESPN doing the same.
Per "1st Amendment nonsense": The fact is, and this is fact, ESPN showing a gay person on TV in no way infringes on someone‘s right to free speech. Unless you are really soft in the head and completely misunderstand how the first amendment works, you'd know this. You are not guaranteed the right to not see something, or to silence soneone else. Just change the channel if you are so bothered by it. And to be clear YOU aren't being silenced when you change that channel: on the contrary if you had your wish you would be violating ESPN‘s right to speech and Sam's. Negating someone else's 1st amendment rights is not a 1st amendment right. You are otherwise freely able to go complain about it (which many are doing here now), but removing Sam from TV is not a point of view, its an action based on a point of view. You arent entitled to that in the same way you aren't entitled to make black neighbors to move away because you don't want to see them. Case in point, you may not want to hear me call you a bigot, but you cannot stop me from saying it. Respond how you want but MY expression doesn't limit yours. Neither does Sam's, nor does ESPN's.
Per "showing the kiss", please, AJ McCarron, ring a bell? Forget the other 1000 times ESPN has played affection into celebration, this guy aline has been on the network kissing his GF for 100x the air Sam‘s moment had. You just overlook tgat, or perhaps dont nitice it, because you don‘t want to?
Per the question of draft status, Id say it was likely he was drafted where he otherwise might have been. Perhaps he was drafted a bit lower, based on teams not wanting the media attention, or not wanting to upset a homophobic lockerroom. If he hadn't been drafted I'd have been incredibly suspicious .... in the history of the SEC DPOY award, every single one has been drafted in the 5th or higher and Sam is no worse than half of those prospects. istory