In Defense of Homosexuality on the Jim Rome Show
August 27, 2008 29 Comments
Homosexuality is fast becoming (at least in America, Europe is far “ahead” of us in this) one of the most well-protected blights on humanity. One cannot say anything even remotely critical of this vice without facing criticism and the shrill cries of “intolerance”.
Speak out against other evils (child abuse, exploitation, racism and sex trafficking) and a rousing “Amen” will be heard from almost every direction.
However, show any concern for the widespread normalization (acceptance) of homosexuality by the mainstream and you’ll catch serious heat. Ironically enough, one will be judged by those who deem themselves most “tolerant” and “non-judgmental”. This phenomenon has spilled over into the strangest places.
Take sports radio for example. Yesterday, a woman called Eileen called the nationally syndicated Jim Rome Show. Rome is funny, has pretty solid takes and interviews the biggest names in the sports world (except for Tiger Woods and apparently Manny Ramírez).
Eileen shared that she takes her daughter to WNBA games. But Eileen is concerned that the WNBA is solely marketing to lesbians. I don’t know how accurate this is, probably not very. After all they’re trying to make money (and keep a struggling league afloat) and they’ll target whatever demographic helps them do this(this was pretty much part of Rome’s take).
However, the implication of Eileen’s statement was clear: she didn’t want her daughter exposed to that “lifestyle” being presented in a manner which makes it seem harmless (at best) or even moral (at worst).
After the call, Rome, predictably busted out with an emphatic “Come on Eileen” (from the classic by Dexys Midnight Runners, right) then proceeded to break out in hives. He even used the word “offensive” in response to Eileen’s take. Why? Because the caller took a stand and is concerned for the endemic acceptance of this particular vice.
I found Rome’s indignation interesting especially since:
- He denigrates the WNBA on a regular basis and has indirectly referred to the players as “horses” (let it be said that the fact that it is unwatchable is no reason to do this)
- His takes often involve calling out athletes who disrespect something as worthless as “the game”
- His takes often involve judging athletes/celebs who engage in activities as grievous and sinful as homosexuality [for example rape, disregard for one’s own children, fornication, drunkedness because thankfully these sins are still recognized as such and haven’t been normalized]
- He repeatedly pokes fun at Michael Jackson’s alleged pedophilia yet balks when a caller dares to show a modicum of indignation towards homosexuality