Michael Crawford

ESPN and Shaq's Homophobic Commerical

Filed By Michael Crawford | February 02, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment, Media
Tags: anti-gay, ESPN

John Aravosis is dead on when he asks the question " If the ad called a show of affection between blacks and whites "weird" and "disgusting," would you find it just as funny?" That's the question everyone should ask themselves as they watch this unfunny and frankly "weird" and "disgusting" ad.

Of course, there will be some straight people who will scream that LGBT people are being "thought police" or "can't take a joke" for pointing out how offensive this ad is. I'm guessing that they are the ones who have never had to live in fear of being attacked for being who they are.

These kinds of casual instances of homophobic attitudes promoted through the mass media help to create the illusion that affection expressed between people of the same sex is wrong and that it is acceptable to display anti-gay attitudes.

And, the fact that it is connected to one of the most popular sports on the planet and with one of the most popular sports heroes makes it that much more offensive.

ESPN, Shaq, the NBA and the firm that developed this ad should be ashamed of themselves for resorting to sophomoric and anti-gay "humor."

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I have to say that I think you are overreacting. As a gay man, this does not appear to be anything derogatory towards our group. It seems more to be poking fun at that group of people that seem to always want some sort physical reward for doing something stupid. Remember the "chest bump." If someone asks to me "chest bump," I'm going to tell them to get away from me...no matter how hot they are, its just weird. The moment that we as a community begin being offended about something that the actor/writer probably did not for it intend to be, is the day that we make ourselves into victims. This then makes non homophobic straight people feel uncomfortable with being themselves around us.

Sadly, the video link no longer works. I'll dig it up elsewhere.