Aging NBA basketball playing mediocrity Jason Collins
has come out as openly gay. Of course, in todays culture, he has been lauded on all sides for his courage. I differ.
I think he did this out of pure (if that's the word) self-interest. He's trying to make himself fire-proof, the way Ellen Degeneres did. (I may be mis-spelling her name. I don't care.)
Not many remember that just before Degeneres "came out", she was on verge of losing her ratings-poor sitcom. She had to do something to save her TV career, and quickly. She played the "gay" card. From that point on, her career was assured. No matter how many flops in a row she could have from now on, the lavender lobby in Hollywood would always give her another chance and even more publicity than ever. They were not going to their first portrait in homosexual courage fail.
Now she wins awards every year, and on virtually every imaginable award show. (Ever wonder who's counting the votes?) Things have reached such a silly state that she even is a spokesmodel for Cover Girl, despite the formerly fatal drawback that she's not pretty. Heck, Derek Jeter (who has his own line of Avon products) is prettier.
Now we have Jason Collins, an aging player making big money and playing an average of less than 5 minutes a game for the last two years. He is 34, and he sees the end of his NBA career approaching. How can he stay on the gravy train another few years, sitting on the bench and collecting fat paychecks? He plays the Degeneres card!
Pity the Timberwolves and the NBA as a whole if they release him (the former) and no one (in the latter) signs him. The Gaystapo and their legal harpies will launch a persecution that will make the asbestos litigation look like a Junior Achievement fair. Jason Collins and his lawyers may be able to BUY an NBA team by the time the judgments are in.
I'm beginning to think he lied in his declaration. It's been done by sharper knives than he. Can anyone poll the NBA groupies? They might be able to shed a (red) light on the question...
Did the above offend anyone? If so, I will offer these words of Orwell's -- "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth
is a revolutionary act
." These are deceitful days, but I refuse to participate in the deceit.