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To be a remainder.

September 18, 2008

First things first:

If this law stood, Lil Wayne would be in a lot of trouble.

We all knew it was coming, but pregnant Amy Poehler is officially leaving SNL after the election.

The entire Tampa Bay (Not Devil) Rays roster has grown a mohawk. Including manager Joe Maddon.



Now, there has been some minor controversy regarding the media’s coverage of Matthew Mitcham, that adorable little Austrailian who prevented the Chinese men a gold medal sweep in diving. In his final dive in the men’s platform diving event, Mitcham posted the highest ever recorded score for a man in the Olympics. And by the way, Mitcham, as you may or may not know, was the only openly gay male athlete competing in the Beijing games.

Mitcham’s story is an interesting one, one that certainly would’ve fit in with the rest of the tales of adversity that NBC loved to hone in on (though, he’s gay, he suffered from depression and dropped out of competition is certainly weightier than “41! Mom! Old!”).

It’s an interesting dilemna. Was NBC wrong for not pointing it out and giving the gay community an athlete worth rooting for? Or does it not matter? I tend to think that it doesn’t matter, skin color, sexual orientation, age, etc, it doesn’t make a difference — especially at the Olympics where it is a celebration of all countries and influences. Or should it matter more because it IS the Olympics?

I’m half Hispanic. It doesn’t really matter on a daily basis. In fact, most people wouldn’t even guess that I was Hispanic because I have a very British last name. Yet I am almost certain that were I to win a gold medal or even a Grammy, People En Espanol would be knocking on my door for an interview. It was exciting for the black community to have Cullen Jones win a gold medal, and he’s done plenty of interview with BET AND is going to run a diversity tour (“to get more Black children into the swimming pool not only for fun, but to save lives. According to studies, more than half of African-American children can’t swim and nine African-American children drown every day”). Mitcham didn’t get to be that role model, and not everybody is happy about that. Gays in sports have been a huge “don’t ask, don’t tell” issue forever, pretty much. Nobody comes out until they’re out of the sport. They don’t want to affect their marketability, they fear for their safety and there is little precedent. Yet here was an opportunity, and NBC blew it. They have also basically admitted that they blew it. Bob Costas did an interview recently with a website which specializes in gay men in entertainment and media, and he seems to agree. And/or he seems to agree because he sees a Costas Now segment which he can run with. I’m not sure which.

Regardless, this may seem to some as a mountain out of molehill, and I’m inclined to agree with that. But I can’t fault anybody for wanting that role model to be there for them to admire. We all need that sometimes.

And just to make this post a little lighter, FSN Arizona looooves their Eric Byrnes. The media in general loves their Eric Byrnes. At any rate, the promo video for this is mildly hilarious. Conor Jackson certainly needs more lines, though.

Byrning Heat Trailer – New Eric Byrnes Show debuts Sept. 1

AND, a little delayed, but what kind of blog would we have if we didn’t mention that Washington Redskins TE Chris Cooley accidentally posted a picture of his penis on his own blog. Now, there’s something great about football players having their own public blogs in general. Throw in accidental photos of their penis? Even (hysterically) better. The story of how this all went down is pretty amazing, and I would be remiss if I didn’t go ahead and link you to the content. Whoops!

I am going to go out on a limb and say that we will never have that issue on this blog.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. gabriellabellaaa permalink
    September 18, 2008 2:04 am

    Matthew Mitcham was the cutest thing, maybe tied with Jonathan Horton.
    I thought it was weird they never mentioned it, but didn’t really think much of it. Can anyone really say they ignored his homosexuality or they just didn’t have an interest to delve into his personal life, gay or straight.?
    I think sometimes people pick things apart too much. They look for inequality in seemingly normal things.

    I know gays in sports is a tough issue and he would make a great rolemodel for kids out there, but I think it is kind of unfair that he has to be known as “the gay athlete” as if that’s the most important thing he had to offer.

  2. September 18, 2008 6:23 am

    I think if they were going to bring it up at all — which I don’t really think was necessary anyway — it should have been after his competition was over. He’s not a GAY DIVER, you know? He’s a diver who happens to be gay.

    I think the way they reported it on NBC was fine and respectful. His accomplishment was AMAZING, and being gay had nothing to do with it, so why report it? haha

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