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  •  and he's a role model (18+ / 0-)

    for a lot of gay kids who would never play in the NBA or who might feel they have to choose between playing sports and being who they are.  And, not for nothing, Collins is a free agent right now.  I got the sense from the essay that Collins simply decided that being in the closet was more difficult for than coming out, by this point, but that doesn't diminish the fact that it takes a lot of personal bravery for the calculus to work out that way.  Plus, his article (with an SI writer) was so moving, it's admirable in itself.

    Collins was also a  role model before, from what I've learned about him, based on the way he plays and his interest in the world around him.  Based on how our culture regards athletes, he was a hero before.

    A similar reaction was from some talk radio guys like Mike Francesca (per deadspin), who just moped about how they "don't care" about the story as they covered it.  Now, it's perfectly reasonable to not care the Jason Collins is gay.  But to pose as not caring about the announcement itself is to endorse the culture that made Collins lie and try to pass as straight.  NBA players, or any adults, really, are not assumed to be default asexual.  To diminish the announcement is classic heteronormativity, and it's tantamount to saying, "back in the closet."  Nowhere did Brando's initial tweet, in fact, acknowledge that he can be a hero to people other than Tim Brando; the confirmation that the only perspective he thinks counts is that of the middle aged white Christian male only confirmed what was implicit.

    The way to express a lack of interest, in other words, is not to talk about it at all.  

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 05:50:10 AM PDT

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