Andrew Klavan is one of my favorite thinkers, and a fine writer, a funny guy, and a genuine national treasure! Take his view on the Kobe Bryant “Gay Slur” debacle for example
That said… As everyone knows by now, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was fined 100 grand and the entire team was forced to make obeisance to the Gay and Lesibian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) after Bryant said “f—- faggot” about a ref who teed him up during the last six minutes of a game.
In my humble opinion, the Lakers should’ve told GLAAD to go to hell. I would like to here go on record as being officially sick to death of professional busybodies and tiresome prigs like GLAAD and NOW and all the rest telling people what they can think and say. Who appointed GLAAD the official representatives of gay people? Even if they were, who gave gay people the right to be loved or even respected? If Kobe Bryant lets off steam in the heat of battle with a slur, who on earth really gives a damn or thinks it affects the state of gay people in America? Only GLAAD, whose sole purpose on earth is to take umbrage. Well, let them get on with it and to hell with them.
Bryant made all the usual apologies – but what if he hadn’t? What if he had said: “Hey, sorry, I just don’t like gay people?” What if he feels they’re sick or sinful or just kind of weird and icky? Whose business is that? Why does GLAAD or even the NBA have any right to force him to change his private opinions? If the NBA wants to fine him on grounds of language, okay, I guess, but surely bad language gets spoken on such occasions all the time. Why make a point of this except to kow-tow to the GLAAD bullies.
The Lakers and the NBA should have had the guts to say something like, “Bryant used bad language during a heated moment. This happens a lot. That language doesn’t represent our organizations but what can you do? Take it up with Bryant.” And Bryant should have then told them to take a walk.
Absolutely perfect! I too, am sick of the Apolgymania that has swept over America, tired of the hypersensitivity, and certainly fed the hell up with these scripted apologies, and the race/gender/sexual orientation pimps that create firestorms so they can turn a profit!
DROP FREAKING DEAD INDEED!
As an afterthought here if we are to buy the line that says Kobe’s remark has no place in our world, and is intolerable and so on, then isn’t ESPN and other sports media just as guilty? After all they played, and re-played, and re-played the incident over and again.