John M. Becker

How to Talk to Your Kids About Michael Sam

Filed By John M. Becker | May 12, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: gay athletes, homophobia, homophobia in sports, LGBT athletes, Michael Sam, NFL, think of the children

On Saturday, the St. Louis Rams drafted Missouri State football star Michael Sam, making him the first openly gay man to be drafted by an NFL team. When Sam received the historic news, he broke down, embraced, and then kissed boyfriend Vito Cammisano -- all on live television.

It was a beautiful moment to watch. (Click here if you haven't already seen it.) But predictably, the homophobes howled, including Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones, who was suspended for tweeting that the kiss was "horrible" to have to watch.

Equally predictably, many of the anti-gay reactions to Michael and Vito's kiss revolved around the ridiculous "...but kids were watching!" trope, as though kids who see opposite-sex couples kissing (and much more) every day will somehow be irrevocably traumatized by watching a same-sex couple do the same.

Thankfully, YouTube user Heck Bender came to the rescue, posting a short video that's sure to help any parents whose children might have questions about the presence of a gay pro football player. The video, starring Mark Potts and Brand Rackley, is after the jump.

Check it out and share it with all the homophobes you know!

By the way, if you'd like to buy Michael Sam's jersey, it's already on sale online in the NFL Shop. Sam's jersey is selling like hotcakes -- as of this morning, the NFL reports that orders were the second-highest of any rookie drafted this weekend. The league calls demand for the jersey "unprecedented for a Day 3 pick, let alone a seventh-round pick."

h/t: David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement.

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