The other day’s headline: Jason Collins out of the closet.
First of all, I have no flipping clue who Jason Collins is or what closet he was in.
Oh, oh. He is a pro basketball player.
Well in that case, I’m happy he’s been outed because it must be pretty hard to shoot baskets from inside a closet.
Oh. Oh. Oh. He is gay.
On what planet is this newsworthy?
Do I care? Should I care? He sleeps with men. So what?
Has he always slept with men? What do his teammates have to say? Will other pro players come out now that Jason has? SO WHAT?! WHO CARES?!
Don’t get me wrong–I’m happy if Jason Collins is happy. But why is this an after-school conversation at my house today?
Ellen came out on national tv in 1997.
Will & Grace wrapped their eight season run a full seven years ago.
C’mon people. (And by people, I mean media people). Is it any wonder kids still pick on kids who are different? Is it any wonder we are still dealing with people who use the word inappropriately? Is it any wonder there is what seems to be an epidemic of bullying in our schools? Look around. Little people are just mimicking what is going on in the media. And until grown ups change what is regarded as novel and new, generation next doesn’t have a chance.
Isn’t it time we put our fascination with who sleeps with who back under the covers?