Jonathan Cohn asked an interesting question at The New Republic this week. Where is the mainstream, right-wing reaction to NFL prospect and SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay? This is, after all, a historic story that far transcends the world of football. The news has been at the heart of sports radio and social media commentary for the last week, dwarfing even the Sochi Olympics, for obvious reasons. We have never had an openly gay player in one of the major men’s leagues in the United States, and now, with the bravery of one young man, it looks like an imminent reality...Nope. Sorry, but this story that is apparently, to read into the above, such a major story to lefties just isn't that important. So the NFL may soon have an openly gay player. Big deal. Really, it's not that important.
Yes, the crazies in Westboro Baptist Church and some of the more reptilian swamps of the right-wing blogosphere have let loose with the homophobia, but the mainstream has been silent. It is not just Fox. Doesn’t National Review or The Weekly Standard have anything interesting, or even uninteresting, to say about any of this? Nothing? Really?
The left's insistence that people's sexuality be known, flaunted, and "celebrated" is tiresome. Unless I'm getting naked with you myself I truly have no desire to know your sexuality or your sexual practices, and I'd appreciate if you'd practice that discretion with me, thankyouverymuch.
I'm sure the NFL owners are far more interested in whether this guy can play football well than in his sexual preferences. As for the rest of the right-wing blogosphere, well, perhaps The Nation doesn't understand that everyone who identifies as conservative isn't a social conservative and that the libertarian leaners among us don't choose to make a production out of sexual orientation, skin color, religion (especially of the non-Christian variety), etc. Live and let live is a policy practiced only by conservatives; sure, it's not practiced by all conservatives, but it's not practiced by any libs.
Until lefties get past that, they're going to continue to feel compelled to celebrate every time the first black lesbian left-handed Zoroastrian does something mundane.