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"Ready for dinner"
After nearly seven full rounds of the often-interminable NFL draft, Michael Sam was finally selected by the St. Louis Rams, putting him on the path to becoming the first openly gay player in National Football League history.
But while Sam’s embrace of his partner in celebration may seem, in this increasingly LGBT-friendly era, to be no big deal, the immediate response from many on Twitter has shown that, at least among NFL diehards, the most rank and lizard-brained homophobia is still a powerful cultural influence. (Incidentally, these folks seem to not understand that deleting or locking your account after a website posts your horrible tweet doesn’t make you any less of a jackass.)
Unfortunately, as the hours since Sam’s selection have passed, much of the hatred directed toward Sam on Twitter has continued — frequently couched in the concern-trolling language of protecting young ESPN viewers who, supposedly, will be forever traumatized by seeing the image of two people who love each other celebrating one of the most important days of their lives; or demanding we all ignore Sam’s sexuality in favor of what “really” matters.
So just in case anyone doubts that we’ve still got a long way to go in terms of making homosexuality truly mainstream, here’s a list of some of the stupidest, silliest and most shameful tweets about Michael Sam to be posted nearly 24 hours after his dream of joining the NFL finally came true.
If I see Michael Sam kiss that white guy one more time on ESPN imma be sick— NAYR (@Hunt4Ryan) May 11, 2014
Just blocked 20 guys that were pretty much telling me that Michael Sam is a hero...............— Evan (@baby_diesel) May 11, 2014
Man @espn stop showing this crap about Michael Sam.. Its plenty of lil boys watching this with they fathers. Don't wanna see two men kiss. 😒— Ⓜ️arcell Grindin'↩️ (@OhhH_SooTAttedd) May 11, 2014
So tired of hearing about Michael Sam. No one likes gays— Chess wheeler (@CWheels21) May 11, 2014
man espn nips at the fuckin heels to run a Michael Sam story. Sam praised for being gay and Tebow was mocked for Christianity... damn shame— Das Swoop (@Wayne865) May 11, 2014
Sex or personal life has nothin to do with the game. No one said "I drafted the first dog fighter!" Get your heads in the game! #MichaelSam— Jennifer Simone' (@creative_mejse) May 11, 2014
All this Michael Sam stuff is ridiculous. Just go play football, bang dudes and get the fuck out of my face already— Ryan Brown (@RTBrown33) May 11, 2014
Hate what Michael Sam did. You don't see any straight players makin out with their gfs.— Anthony Zola (@zOo021) May 11, 2014
Happy Mother's Day to Michael Sam...— ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (@KVNI__) May 11, 2014
Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith.More Elias Isquith.
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