Gay athletes coming out is not news. Recently, Jason Collins professional basketball player and future NFL player Michael Sam have announced they are homosexual. These two stories have dominated the headlines at different times and you couldn’t turn on the television, read articles online, read a tweet or read your local newspaper and not get a story about their announcement. It’s not a big time news story.
It is hard for me to comprehend how the sexual orientation of anyone is big news? I have no problem with people announcing or sharing their sexual orientation, or religion (but that is for a different time) but for the large amount of news coverage given for these announcements I think is a bit excessive and unnecessary. Who a person wants to share their bedroom with is not news.
A person’s sexual orientation does not make them a better person or better athlete in these cases, it is simply information about the person that now a days is praised more than ever before. I’d rather we focus our attention on their ability to do whatever profession it is they call their career. Do they preform well on the field or in the arts? Are they a good actor or actress? Do they stay out of trouble with the law? What improvements are they trying to make in the community? These bits of news I would much rather hear about on the news instead of sexual orientation.
Can we please stop having week long sweeps on the news about sexual orientation?