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A kiss is just a kiss…

Posted on: May 21, 2014

They did WHAT??

Ewww they did WHAT?

Good afternoon Widdershins.  This is going to be a quick post.  A friend of mine had to make a very unanticipated trip to the hospital  Tues. evening and I got to take him since he does not have a car.  He was recently diagnosed as diabetic and has had some issues with developing sores that rapidly become infected.  That was his situation so he was referred to a surgeon and he thought they would just open up and lance the place and he’s be back home.  The doctor instead told him that he, the doc, would rather do it in the hospital so he was to go to the emergency room and get admitted that way.  Now I was not supposed to be the driver to the hospital but rather be the pick up guy.  I ended up staying with him until they got ready to take him upstairs and got back somewhat late.  So, let’s take it from there.

 

We all know that Michael Sam was a college football player and is now with an NFL team, the St. Louis Rams.  However, you may or may not know about his college football career and the awards he won.

Sam was named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, Sporting News, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Football Writers Association of America] He was also named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Hendricks Award, and the Lombardi Award.[2][13] Missouri played in the 2014 Cotton Bowl Classic, in which Sam forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, securing Missouri’s victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

And we know that after his last college game, Michael Sam came out as a gay athlete.  Then came the NFL draft and michael-sam-nfl-draft-kiss-vito-cammisanoMichael got drafted in the 7th round with the 249th (I believe) pick of the draft.  So anyway Michael gets the call that he’s been selected and much like many another athlete who has maybe won the pot of gold, he reached out to his partner and kissed him.  It was carried live on ESPN and that’s when the proverbial fecal matter hit the fan.

We’ve had two more states strike down unconstitutional laws banning same sex marriages with Oregon and now Pennsylvania joining the move.  That makes 19 states, including D.C. where same-sex marriage is or will be legal.  But apparently not same-sex kissing.  Duh!

HuffPo conducted a poll asking Americans how they felt about gay athletes playing for their favorite sporting team.

According to the new poll, 60 percent of Americans said they would approve of their favorite sports team signing an openly gay player, while 20 percent said they would disapprove. Among NFL fans in particular, 65 percent said they would approve and 21 percent said they would disapprove.

Majorities of Democrats (80 percent) and independents (56 percent), as well as a plurality of Republicans (42 percent), said they’re ready to cheer on their teams with openly gay players.

But then there seems to be a line drawn.  Gay boy:  you can play for a professional sports team.  Gay boy (or girl) you may not kiss your partner in public and where we can see it.

But although most Americans approve of gay players in theory, many are less comfortable with the reality. Male athletes kissing their wives or girlfriends is routine territory for networks covering victory and other sporting celebrations, but coverage of Sam’s kissing his boyfriend after he was drafted has generated controversy. Forty-seven percent in the new poll said it was “inappropriate” for networks to show the kiss, while only 36 percent said it was “appropriate.” Seventeen percent said they weren’t sure.

The poll found an ideological divide over the celebratory kiss. Democrats tended to say it was appropriate to show (53 percent to 32 percent), but a plurality of independents (45 percent to 36 percent) and a large majority of Republicans (69 percent to 16 percent) said it was inappropriate.

The survey likewise found a major generational divide. Americans under age 30 had no problem with coverage of the kiss, by a 55 percent to 29 percent margin. Those between ages 30 and 44 were evenly divided: 40 percent said it was appropriate; 39 percent said it was inappropriate. And a majority of older Americans said it was inappropriate, including 52 percent of those between ages 45 and 64, and 69 percent of those 65 and older.

I remember a saying from “my day”,  “yeah it’s okay to be queer but just don’t flaunt it.”.  Now Michael’s boyfriend Vito michael sam boyfriendis an attractive young man and even has himself a bit of a six-pack going there on his skinny self.  Now I’m old enough to remember when interracial dating and marriage (even after the Loving decision) was looked at with a raised eyebrow.  So hell, I’m kinda surprised no one made a comment about Sam having a white boyfriend.

Now one of the funniest things I’ve seen about “the kiss” was from the talking ladies on a local Dallas tv show trying to emulate The View.  They had one woman on the show, Amy Kushnir who must be their  local Betty Bowers, America’s best christian.  She got into a huff over “the kiss” and when her cohorts kind of chastised her about it, she walked off the show.  She also made a comment along the lines of  “they don’t show that with football players and their wives or girlfriends” -see pics below (I read that Fox News called her and she was supposed to go on some show there – I didn’t see it.)  But Anderson Cooper had her on his Ridiculist and it was humorous to watch.  Sorry, this won’t embed.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/05/19/ac-ridiculist-michael-sam-kiss-dallas-tv-station.cnn.html

 

So to sum up:  this is okay and this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But this one:  Not so much.       michael-sam-nfl-draft-kiss-vito-cammisano

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an open thread.

 

7 Responses to "A kiss is just a kiss…"

The kiss is pretty much like gay marriage — if you don’t want to kiss a guy, don’t kiss a guy.

This whole issue is perfect for cable news’ “outrage-o-meter”. Everyone should kiss who they want to kiss — with consent of course. Let the “good and righteous” Fox viewers marinate in the juices of their hate.

if you don’t want to kiss a guy, don’t kiss a guy.

Don’t forget the lesbians! I did like the Anderson Cooper thing though.

I was going to add, “If you don’t want to kiss a girl, don’t kiss a girl,” but when I wrote both it seemed really confusing.

Which is exactly what I think about all this hubbub, it is really confusing why so many people are in an uproar over it.

Which is exactly what I think about all this hubbub, it is really confusing why so many people are in an uproar over it.

Oh I agree! However, in the HuffPo poll it seems it’s okay to want or have a gay player on your team, but just don’t smooch anyone. 😆

It’s all so different if one of them (or both if united in marriage) are yours!

And this was the quickest of pecks on the lips too. The outrage is a mixture of hilarious and stupid.

Incidentally, didn’t that woman who walked off the show in Dallas make a reference to them being an interracial couple?

Also, did you see the article about Vito’s family? Deep mob ties! His grandfather was a major mafia boss. His father is connected too. So it’s interesting to see a mafia grandson kissing a boy on television.

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