NFL players’ shower habits DO matter
The issue with ESPN reporting on Michael Sam’s locker room shower habits wasn’t because they were trying to make an issue out of nothing. There is a discussion worth having about how he’s being treated in the locker room. The problem is that when the phrase “Sam is respecting our space” was used, ESPN tried to then portray that as a GOOD thing. I know a lot of straight people aren’t going to understand this, but “respecting our space” is a HORRIBLE thing to say.
"Respecting our space" implies that there was a need for Sam to distance himself from his teammates, as to not make them uncomfortable. It goes back to that scenario of the straight man who’s uncomfortable around a gay man because he’s afraid of getting touched. It’s as if gay men are just sexual deviants ready to sleep with any man that comes into view. It’s simply false. People are people. And the fact that "respecting our space" was a phrase that was used should wave big red flags for everyone paying attention. The idea that this was positive for the team is wrong. We know it’s not positive for the team because it’s not positive for Michael Sam. That’s not a healthy position to be in. The fact that ESPN can’t figure that out just further explains why they’re one of the most inept names in sports "journalism".
People on the wrong side of every issue always try to blame it on the media. They say the media is being biased and they’re not telling the whole truth or reporting on all the facts. But when you ask them what the whole truth is and what those facts are they haven’t the slightest idea. They’re people who don’t keep up with the news. They’re not interested in truth and facts. Words have meaning. They’re not just things you throw out there to get people to think your skewed worldview may have some merit. If you’re asked to elaborate and your response starts with “Well…I mean…like…” then don’t even bother.
You’re not interested in the truth or facts. You’re interested in minimizing issues. And for what? What good are you doing? Who are you helping by doing that? Why is it whenever bad shit happens some people want to act like it didn’t happen, and/or the reasons behind it happening aren’t real? Why are you impeding progress? Why don’t you want the world as a whole to get better?
Eventually it’s going to happen. Sooner or later great progress is going to be made in a variety of aspects, and people who know you are going to look back and remember the kind of person you are. Just some irrational, hateful, relic whose views were never good and have no place in the world.
Just when these American citizens needed their rights most, the government took them away. And rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, a bill of TEMPORARY privileges. And if you read the news, even badly, you will know the list gets shorter, and shorter and shorter.
Sooner or later, the people in this country are going to realize the government doesn’t give a fuck about them. The government doesn’t care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety. It simply doesn’t give a fuck about you. It’s interested in its own power. That’s the only thing. Keeping it, and expanding it wherever possible.
Personally, when it comes to rights, I think one of two things is true: either we have unlimited rights or we have no rights at all.”
- George Carlin on rights
So tired of reading “but they’re looting!” How about we address and discuss all the events in the order in which they happened. The result of the provocation isn’t an excuse to refuse to talk about the provocation. No one is condoning looting, but there’s not really a lengthy discussion to be had about looting. There IS a lengthy discussion to be had about all the elements involved in what happened last Saturday afternoon (or what happened in NY before that, or in LA after that).