FURTHER THOUGHTS ON THE
POLITICS OF “COMING OUT”
An old friend took me to task over yesterday’s post about the announcement that NBA star Jason Collins is gay (below).
“I read your bit about the basketball player,” he wrote. “It’s a big world. We could do with a little more tolerance and compassion and a lot less judgment and condemnation.”
My friend is a man of great sensitivity, though he generally hides it behind a mask of cultivated cynicism. Occasionally, his heart does peek through, however, and when it does, he’s someone to be listened to. I cannot deny the tone of sarcasm that so put him off…
“In truth, this was just another of those ‘Saturday Night Live’ Church Lady-type moments to which we’ve become so numbingly accustomed,” I wrote. “You could hear Dana Carvey delivering his signature line: ‘Well…isn’t that special!’ Comical in a way — in a sad sort of way.”