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Is the Media Making Too Much of Jason Collins Coming Out as Gay?

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April 30, 2013 - 10:22 am

Yesterday, professional basketball player Jason Collins revealed in Sports Illustrated that he was gay, thus becoming the first active player in any pro team sport to come out of the closet. Almost immediately, there was an outpouring of sympathetic and largely approving comments from the media. The story garnered headlines around the country and was a top story on most news websites.

Is all this attention deserved? Or is the story being overhyped by a media trying to make a political point?

It’s your turn to weigh in on the controversy. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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What I, at my age ( late 60s ) am having difficulty getting my mind around is, does EVERYTHING in our society have to be sexualized? Is it absolutely necessary for an 8 or 9 year old kid who is begining to learn and understand sports, to know what sexual preferences sports stars have? When I was growing up what mattered was how many home runs Willie Mays hit or how many touchdowns Jim Brown scored. Of course there was no 24/7 "news" animal in constant need of feeding with "side-bar" junk that might be fitting for a supermarket tabloid but not on the sports pages of major dailies. I guess folks like me are simply what John Nesbitt refered to as "the passing parade."
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Tebow...I'm a christian...media...keep it to yourself
Collins...I'm gay...media...tell me more, you big hero...

cartoon for Chicago Trib.
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Unless you find another person attractive, it is pointless to concern yourself with their sexual preference. That said, in this day in Anno Obama; political correctness trumps all.

Now, and for the foreseeable future, Collins and any other athlete who comes out of the closet [regardless of athletic performance of lack thereof] is immune from being cut from the team, and will get whatever they ask in their contracts; lest the team management be labeled "homophobic" by the media. And that they are now the stars of their teams according to the media. And that any drop in ticket sales, team junk, or taxpayer refusal to fund any stadium giveaways will have that reason given.

In our brave new world, unrelated subjective factors will always trump objective performance.

Subotai Bahadur
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AND WHO REALLY GIVES A CR#P....
Take a look into Senator Obama, and before that take a look at Citizen Obama and is preferences while at the Church of Rev Wright.
Wake up folks, Sexual preference is a choice of all of us, even our multi sexual President.
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Making too much of the Collins declaration? Yes.
A second-rate journeyman NBA basketball player proclaims
his sexual proclivity and the MSM goes wild, and he's by no means the first
in professional sports to do so. So what's the big deal?
With all the urgent issues that this once great nation faces the MSM has now
spent the last 50 hours on this riveting 'news'. It's not news. It's rubbish and
above all, it's boring.
But by God the Obamas had to be included....didn't they? He called Collins
to congratulate him and Michelle tweeted her support. It's always about us,
the Obamas.....isn't it?
N. Korea, Iran, Syria, the Boston bombings, but by God the Collins sexual
choice makes the headlines.
Is it any wonder that this great nation is in such peril?
50 weeks ago
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Yawn...about 35 years past due. Martina long ago beat him to it.

Obama is failing miserably, even worse than normal. Time for breaking news to deflect, deceive, deflate the many failures with a has been irrelevant.

Now if Collins had been a transgendered dudette or had a hot Muslim male lover on stage during the interview, that would have been a train wreck I would have watched.

What do you want to bet Collins is a raging lefty and Obama shill?
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I'd come out as a heterosexual, 2nd generation American with Italian, Irish, Polish & German lineage some 30 years ago. That's quite rare, right?

To the possible upcoming talk show circuits, People and UsWeekly and inevitable paparazzi - wait your turn and be patient.

Ladies.. sorry I'm married.

Book deal, movie rights not off the table, either. As long as Michael Fassbender plays me.
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Am I interested in anyone's sexual preferences? Absolutely not. Do I want to know that a lying, ignorant, self-serving narcissist calling himself POTUS tried to make an issue of anyone's sexual preference......no.
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What I, at my age ( late 60s ) am having difficulty getting my mind around is, does EVERYTHING in our society have to be sexualized? Is it absolutely necessary for an 8 or 9 year old kid who is begining to learn and understand sports, to know what sexual preferences sports stars have? When I was growing up what mattered was how many home runs Willie Mays hit or how many touchdowns Jim Brown scored. Of course there was no 24/7 "news" animal in constant need of feeding with "side-bar" junk that might be fitting for a supermarket tabloid but not on the sports pages of major dailies. I guess folks like me are simply what John Nesbitt refered to as "the passing parade."
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What is it with liberals - they are like the proverbial dog returning to its vomit... Didn't football player Dave Kopay come out back in the 1970s? And several more football players as of late...and baseball players... and Martina Navratilova the tennis player?

What is it with the liberal need to fight and publicize old battles as if they were new? Their incessant "education and awareness" drumbeat about ancient issues, and their in-your-face accusations of hatred and bigotry if you balk at their old news is maddening.

Liberals are puerile and juvenile in the truest sense; they really think they have something new to say and that the world began when they were born. I am sorry to inform liberals in their twenties and early thirties, but people actually talked about gays, abortions, drug abuse, wife beating, prejudice, inter-racial marriage, etc., long before they were born,

Every liberal issue of today was already outed and exposed in countless ABC TV Movie of the Week installments or episodes of "Maude" and "All in the Family" back in the 1970s.

And the television scripts based on those subjects had a lot of panache: Linda Blair getting raped with a broom handle, Hal Holbrook and Martin Sheen making love, Richard Crenna getting ass-raped, Sally Struthers getting slugged around by Dennis Weaver, Robert Reed getting a sex change on Marcus Welby.

It's already all been done. And said. And hashed over...

In saner times, it should be easy to ignore these types of liberals; the problem is that they insist on rubbing our noses in the vomit too. Nobody likes a stale fart.
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I'm currently watching all 3 seasons of "Rhoda", the spin-off of Valerie Harper's Rhoda character from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". It's set in mid-1970s NYC during the Carter years with the very bad economy as a recurrent theme and gently touches on the social issues of the day - civil rights, feminism, self-realization as life's major goal, etc. - and every episode is laced with sexual innuendo meant to reassure America that it's perfectly acceptable to enjoy as much recreational sex as possible. Abortion isn't touched upon and, oddly, when homosexuality is mentioned it's in the form of a snide joke. Not only did I find this attitude off-putting (I may be conservative but I do have lots of empathy) but surprising because this show was obviously trying to normalize liberalism and, yet, in the mid-70s it was still okay to treat gays as a joke.
However, the show is interesting for those curious about the Carter years and how the hippie mystique of the '60s became the norm on TV within a decade. Nancy Walker is the funniest Jewish mother ever and the young Ron Silver (who died way too young) as Gary Levy is alone worth the effort to watch the show.
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I am sitting by my phone waiting for President Obama to congratulate me on my courageous decision I made years ago. As a young woman, I committed to marry a man I was just beginning to know. That took courage. And despite difficulties, we have clung to one another for 35 years. That is relatively rare these days. Well, have to go, the phone might ring now.
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