JON STEWART, on reports that the Minnesota Vikings reversed their decision to not suspend child abuser Adrian Peterson only after major league sponsor Anheuser Busch said they were “not yet satisfied” with how the NFL handled the case, on The Daily Show.
Stewart adds, “How crazy is this — a company that sells alcohol is the moral touchstone of the NFL… Maybe one of the only substances that is proven scientifically to increase the likelihood of domestic abuse — that company is saying to the NFL, ‘You’ve got a real problem here.”
This is my favorite thing I have ever seen on the internet.
Dale Hanson is a hero and a stand-up guy. Way to go Texas, for having the best sports anchor in America.
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards freedom." -Martin Luther King
In case you can’t be bothered to watch this video — an old straight white dude from Texas, a sports anchor, calls out the whole NFL for allowing men to commit acts of violence and violence against women, but being completely close-minded about Michael Sam announcing he’s gay. AND HE QUOTES AUDRE LORDE.
We’re getting there. This is real. When men like this stand up for men like Michael Sam — it makes a goddamn difference.
Just think of that question: ‘Are you okay with a gay teammate?’ Who wants to put their players through the agony of saying ‘Yeah’?
I cannot believe we have come to this as a nation — to sully the game of (accused rapist) Ben Roethlisberger and (dog killer) Michael Vick with a gay guy.
…Michael Sam’s only chance is to go back in the closet. Mike: we’ll pretend you’re not gay if you pretend we’re not bigots.
– STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report
“No pro team wants the type of ‘controversy’ having a gay player is gonna cause. If he had just been convicted of DUI vehicular manslaughter, or obstruction of justice in connection with a murder, or have been accused of sexual assault, or screamed the N-word at a concert, or killed a bunch of dogs and buried them in his fucking yard — you know, ‘NFL material.’”
JON STEWART, responding to reports that college football player Michael Sam has been deemed undraftable by some NFL teams because of the “controversy” surrounding his announcement that he’s gay, on The Daily Show.
“I’m Michael Sam. I’m a college graduate. I’m African-American. And I’m gay.”
“The only reason it bothers me is that it seems like (calling people ‘thug’ is) the accepted way of calling people the n-word nowadays. … What’s the definition of a thug, really? Can a guy on the football field, just talking to people — maybe I’m talking loudly, or doing something I’m not supposed to be. But there was a hockey game where they didn’t even play hockey, they just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that and I thought, ‘Oh man, I’m a thug?’”
This is the hockey game he’s referring to; on CNN’s The Lead earlier today, a sports columnist pointed out that in hockey, players who regularly get into skirmishes on the ice aren’t regularly referred to as “thugs,” but “enforcers.”