UPDATE: Not so updated, but I thought I’d link to this Flip Flop Flyball image about gay baseball players here.
I’d like to take the socially enlightened high road on this one, but I can’t help sympathizing with that father who’ll be sitting next to his son or daughter at Busch Stadium.
“Daddy, why are those two men kissing?”
“Umm, err, hey isn’t that Albert Pujols coming to bat?”
I just so happen to have a son and a daughter. If either of them asked me that question, the answer would be “because they love each other.” Then again, maybe I just don’t appreciate all of the nuance of the allegedly complicated scenario Whitley has set up for us.
Call me homophobic, but I just don’t think a 5- or 10-year-old brain is ready to tackle those complexities.
Fine. You’re homophobic.
And you know what kinds of complexities my five year-old has a hard time understanding? Unfairness. Like when his sister gets a toy and he doesn’t. Or when his friend gets a cookie but he doesn’t. And while it hasn’t come up yet, I can guarantee you that he’d have an equally hard time understanding why some folks get to marry the people they love and some people don’t. Indeed, the unfairness of that would be as plain as could be.
Wanna know hard? Try explaining to your kid the rationale behind such disparate treatment. I bet you can’t. Not even to a five year-old.
I mean Goddamn.
Whitley used the THINK OF THE CHILDREN defense. He’s kinda deflecting his own uncomfortable issues with homosexuality by saying “well, I’M ok with it, but how am i supposed to explain this to my kids????”
Look, Whitley even made a really good point in the article about the unfairness of Kiss Cam.
A superimposed heart frames the couple. Appropriate music plays. It’s usually something like “As Time Goes By.”
“You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh …”
That was easy for Sam to sing in Casablanca. Rick’s Café didn’t have a “Kiss Cam” and gays weren’t demanding the respect they deserve.
Now, they are. Their latest beef sprang from the Rams’ opener this past week. Two guys in Arizona jerseys became the focus of 67,044 fans. The crowd cajoled them to kiss. The men reacted like kids facing a cootie outbreak.
The obvious message was that Cardinals fans are gay, and gay is emasculating. The group behind Saturdays “OUT at the Ballpark” promotion then requested equal PDA time.
“We always felt left out because the kiss cam always singles out heterosexual couples,” organizer Harrison Roberts told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But after what happened at the Rams game, all the gay and lesbian fans that were there felt embarrassed and a little degraded.
“Why shouldn’t we be on camera, too?”
You’d think he’d come in with some words of support that, but the following line is:
Because I’m not ready to discuss same-sex relationships with my 3-year-old. I don’t think she’s ready, either.
And Calcaterra really did nail that one. Kids understand love, they don’t understand unfairness.
Here’s to you, Craig.