Thursday, May 2, 2013

NBA Player Jason Collins Receives Online Death Threats after Coming Out // Think Before You Tweet

I haven't written much of anything outside of a couple somewhat related comments on a bulletin board discussion about NBA basketball player Jason Collins coming out as a gay man. I'm not a basketball fan (professional or otherwise) and I don't know anything about Jason Collins. Everyone else was writing about him. So I decided to stay out of the conversation.

But yesterday, my friend Stuffed Animal sent me a link to a TMZ article talking about Twitter-based death threats that Collins has been receiving since coming out. Check this out:
It's not all love for the first major (active) pro athlete to come out of the closet ... NBA player Jason Collins has also been the target of online death threats since announcing he's gay.

The homophobic threats began appearing on Twitter right after Jason's big coming-out interview with Sports Illustrated. Among the venom ...

-- "Yous a dead f****t talkn on tv Boy."
-- "Listening to Jason Collins describe his gayness as 'beautiful' makes me wanna puke. And kill him."
-- "Jason collins comes out the closet! Kill that biiitttchhhh!!!"
-- "First jason collins say he gay.. Now he on espn w lipgloss on kill him now !!!"
-- "Jason Collins should get the death penalty lol how u a 7 foot gay dude lol the west is crazy smh"
I understand that some people don't approve of homosexuality. And I understand that some people like to keep their sports and their homosexuals separate. But people really need to think before they send those initial reactions out over the Internet. There is no excuse for online death wishes and threats. I don't care if we're talking about Jason Collins or any other athlete or actor or politician or co-worker or fellow student or whomever. People need to use their brains and think before they post online.

4 comments:

"STUFFED ANIMAL" said...

Jon,

I hope law enforcement authorities follow up on those hateful tweets and give those dumbasses something to think twice about!

Unfortunately, it's the Sodom and Gomorrah story from the Bible that makes people think it's OK to call for our deaths . . . but that story has NOTHING to do with being Gay.

The kind of male rape described in those Scriptures is the same thing you see nowadays in war zones like the Congo. It's a war atrocity and an act of violence meant to humiliate, maim and/or kill! Just as was the case in Sodom, there's no sexual-attraction context whatsoever.

And even if there were, what gives Fundie "Christians" the right to impose religious punishments on people who don't share their belief system? Nothing! This is why there's a Constitutional separation of Church and State. Don't get me started on this topic, Jon; I'll never shut up!

Jon said...

Ezekial 16:49-50: "Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen."

Funny how we never hear about this verse when Sodom & Gomorrah is discussed. ;)

"STUFFED ANIMAL" said...

Exactly, Jon! And from that Scripture, it's clear that the Fundies have far more in common with Sodomites than we do. Think of the "corrective" Lesbian rapes that occur in some Caribbean and African countries. That's REAL sodomy!

BTW, do you "flaunt"? I do!

http://www.towleroad.com/2013/05/samuel.html

Jon said...

Every day!