Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly– like premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits. It says that, you know, that’s a sin. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian. ~ ESPN sportscaster Chris Broussard on yesterday’s episode of Outside the Lines following the publication of Collins’ essay.
Christopher Rahim Broussand (Idk if that’s his middle name, but #realtalk, beige people’s parents tend to give their chillrens totes ethnic-sounding middle names to counterbalance the fact that the kids have the complexion of a soy iced latte from Dunkin Donuts, so “Rahim” it is for Mr. Broussard), I’mma need you to act like a Trapper Keeper and zip your mouth shut. I mean, how dare you? Yesterday was truly a historic and important moment in American sports and in Jason Collins’ life and instead of you silently pursing your lips like you just smelled a fart that you do not agree with existing, you decided to go on national television and do the verbal equivalent of the infamous pig’s blood prom scene from the movie Carrie. No day is the day to spew intolerance, but certainly, yesterday was not. So fuck you for trying to make Collins’ life-long journey all about you.
Before I continue, I just want to say that I’ve noticed plenty of people essentially stating that the amount of attention being paid to Collins’ sexuality is silly. That it should be a non-issue. I absolutely agree with that. On one hand. An openly gay man is playing a professional sport in America should be as uneventful as me buying a gallon of milk. But it’s not. Many people behave as though folks cannot be talented and be gay. Cannot be compassionate and be gay. Cannot be worthy of love and be gay. Cannot be human and be gay. And because of that, gays (and lesbians) are killed, attacked, bullied, and made to feel less than every. single. day. Because of people like Broussard who act as though being gay is about rubbing peens together in the hopes of starting a campfire of sin in which to melt S’mores over it. So what Collins is doing is a big deal. Please stop dismissing it. Look, don’t get me wrong; I appreciate those of you who are enlightened, but when you express exasperation over the attention this story is getting, you’re kind of saying it’s not a big deal because it’s not a big deal to you. Well, here’s the thing: Collins’ life ain’t about you. It’s about him. It’s about the gay and lesbian kids who are afraid to come out to their parents. It’s about the grown ass adults who struggle with their sexuality. It’s about letting the homophobes know that gay people can and will do everything that straight people do. It’s about being proud in face of those who want you to feel shame. Which brings me back to Broussard.
I mean, the way he reacted to Collins coming out was the same as when a woman witnesses a kid bully his mom into buying a boot leg Blue’s Clue DVD from the Asian lady who just walked in the hair salon:
This is Collins’ life, so why is Broussard commenting on it as if his word is law or carries any sort of weight? This is not to say that he’s not allowed to have opinions; he is no matter how boneheaded they may be, but the on-air condemnation is nothing more than gay-bashing and seemed, to me to be very un-Christian like. Let’s break down Broussard’s quote, shall we?
1) “If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.” Boo boo, KNOWTETH THEY ROLETH and please shut the hell up. Jesus does not need you speaking on his behalf like y’all are contestants on The Newlywed Game and you’re trying to win a six day/seven night trip to Barbados. You write about sports and your hair reminds me that that I need to buy some scouring pads so I can do dishes tonight. Nowhere in that description did I mention that you are the authority nor the messenger for Jesus and God, so it would behoove you to stop speaking as though you are.
2) “So I would not characterize that [gay] person as a Christian because I don’t think the bible would characterize them as a Christian.” Newsflash: according to the Bible, nobody on this EARF should be characterized as a Christian. The reason I say this is because Broussard is clearly referring to Leviticus 18:22, which states, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” For the love of aspirin on a morning of a hangover, can people PLEASE stop turning to Leviticus just because they think homosexuality is as gross as a heated up bowl of month old mayonnaise? One, it’s not. And two, folks are referencing Leviticus when they good and damn well know they’re not abiding by most of the goofy rules that are in it (i.e. Lev 7.27: “Any one of you who eats any blood shall be cut off from your kin.” Last I checked, I haven’t seen anyone skipping town and starting a new life a la Ray Liotta at the end of Goodfellas after munching on a hot dog at a barbeque). But wait! Leviticus is a part of the Old Testament, which Christianity does not adhere to as law. So, duh, wearing polyester isn’t considered a sin. And obvs, eating meat does not mean you must lose contact with your family. Clearly, most Christians dismiss the arbitrary portions of Leviticus, which include not getting tattoos of the dead, eating shellfish, or wearing polyester, and simply go about living their lives in the most positive way they can. So it seems rather odd and completely illogical to me, that some of them turn around and quote Leviticus as means to justify their irrational hate and fear towards gay people.
And that is what Broussard’s statement is. Nothing but hate and fear, so he chose to counteract that by publicly shaming Collins, which is completely unacceptable. And this is not the first time that he has done this. Shortly after retired NBA player John Amaechi came out in 2009, Broussard wrote an article that while the NBA is ready for an openly gay player, he doubted that being gay is biological and stated that he would totes feel uncomfortable showering with a gay teammate. Seriously? Not only is this idiotic fear painfully dumb, but it’s damaging. It’s like he’s saying that gay people shouldn’t publicly come out of the closet on the off chance they are going to shower with Broussard, who thinks they’re going to try and tap his booty “big bucks, no Whammies” style as he washes his hair? Wow, I’m so glad that his being “uncomfortable” takes precedence over gay people being able to live their lives freely. That his being “uncomfortable” when showering with gay guys is somehow because gays are just sooooooo sexually aggressive. It’s gay people’s sex drive that’s out of control, right? Listen, I think most gay guys treat peens the way the average person treats chimichangas: if they did not order it, they do not want it. I mean, for reals, when have you ever seen a person chow down on a chimichanga that was just laying around? Never. Now, a bowl of M&Ms? That’s a whole other story. Anyway, the point is that Broussard continually goes out of his way to shame homosexuals by insisting that who they are is problematic. And this time, he used religion to do it and that’s not okay.
I realize this post can easily turn into a rant against religion. I don’t want to do that because even though I’m not Christian or particularly religious at all, I recognize the value in religion when it is used properly and not as an agent of hate and fear. If it’s being used to empower and unite, then I’m all for it. But if some people think its sole purpose is to divide, segregate, and most importantly, to judge others so as to uplift oneself by putting another or a group down, then count me out. And I think that’s what Broussard’s doing. He’s cherry picking parts of the Bible to say that he doesn’t believe someone else is a real Christian. Dude, if you have a problem with gay people, then own it. Don’t hide behind religion and use it in a way to make someone feel as though being themselves is not right. Jason Collins has done nothing wrong by coming out of the closet. If nothing else, he will inspire more people to fully live the lives they want to lead. He is amazing person for showing the world that he is yet another example of how being gay is NORMAL. We need more of that and less of people throwing verbal rocks at them for doing that. So, thank you, Jason, for being the first. I know you didn’t plan on it, but I’m glad you are. And I have a feeling I’m not the only one.