Let me state for the record that I have no issue with what people do in their bedrooms. It affects me in no way and quite honestly; don’t quite understand what the big deal is. Kobe Bryant got pissed off for getting a technical foul and called referee Bennie Adams a fucking faggot. Naturally, the gay community and the Human Rights Campaign are up in arms over the comment.
The guy was pissed and said something out of anger. The word he chose to use at that time was the word faggot. Would everyone be so up in arms if he called Adams an asshole, jerk or dumb ass? Nope, it would have been brushed aside as something he shouldn’t have said but happens all the time in sports. The sportscasters would have said something like “Kobe with some choice words for the ref.”
Instead we have organizations like the Human Rights Campaign who state “”Hopefully Mr. Bryant will recognize that as a person with such fame and influence, the use of such language not only offends millions of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people around the world, but also perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate that all of us, most notably Mr. Bryant, should be working to eradicate.”
We also have organizations like GLAAD who state “The NBA has sent a clear message to sports fans everywhere that anti-gay slurs have no place in the game. When such a prolific cultural institution like the NBA speaks out against hateful words, we are reminded that fair-minded Americans are siding with equality for all. This decision will serve as an important precedent that will help ensure a safer, more inclusive environment for fans and players everywhere, and we look forward to continuing our dialogue with the NBA.”
First, just because Kobe used the word faggot doesn’t mean that he doesn’t like homosexuals. Second, Kobe should be working to eradicate people’s feeling towards homosexuals? Really! I guess Kobe should be wearing a GLAAD logo on his uniform? They guy was fined $100,000! Third, he apologized but of course, the apology is not good enough;
“What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.”
Former NBA player John Amaechi; “I suppose that’s the typical I apologize if you’re offended type of comment. I doubt very much when he said that that he thought Bennie was a pile of sticks. There’s only one contemporary meaning for that.”
Contemporary meaning? Yeah it’s called homosexual! You know sexual attraction and behavior between members of the same sex. Yeah I know faggot is more like “Ewww, you like sticking your dick into another guy’s ass.” but is it any different than calling someone a homo? I don’t see it.
Instead of the gay community and organizations taking offense to the term, embrace it. If someone called me a homo/faggot (It’s happened.) I wouldn’t/don’t get offended. Why? I’m not gay. If I was gay and someone called me a faggot I would say “Yeah I am….what’s your point.”
Gay community, get a grip on reality and get over it. Condemning Kobe will not change anything. Neither will making him a poster child for the “cause.”