I'm not sure what's worse, Hunter being a douchebag homophobe, or the people defending him.
Yes this is a fairly common attitude in professional sports and Hunter is certainly not alone. I have a hard time believing, however, that pro athletes are much worse in this regard than any other group of people who have strong "religious" upbringings and no real reason to care about changing their attitudes about things (stuck on sports autopilot starting from an early age, then come into a lot of money, etc.).
Society is turning the corner very slowly. We proved that in MN a few months ago by voting down the amendment to outlaw gay marriage and amen to that. I do not agree with him at all and still I will not expect everybody to automatically be on board. His comments on this issue did seem fairly mild to me and they seem like an opportunity. To blast him and call him a bigot vs. calmly pointing out why his comments hold no water seems counterproductive. A largely emotional response might be the bigger enemy.
Well he is a bigot, sorry if that hurts some of your sensible feelings or whatever. But if it quacks like a duck, etc etc
Hunter's opinion on this is not unpopular.
Nishioka > Hunter
Ultima... My name is Mike Sixel...there, not anonymous.
For those of you saying he has a right to an opinion, replace gay with "Mexican" and defend your argument. Please. I'm dying to see you do it.
(and if you say it's not the same, it IS. The exact same arguments used against gays today were used through the 1960s against people of color).
Intolerance toward the intolerant is the one time it's fine to be intolerant. Say that five times fast.
I doubt that replacing "gay" with "Mexican" would be any more or less idiotic, and he still has a right to his opinion. In fact, I'm not sure that that changes the analysis at all.
I think (and this is my personal opinion, so feel free to jump down my throat and call me a horrible bigot) that we should just kind of shake our heads and move on. This world is largely populated by idiots, and that's made manifest in constant and varying ways. Instead, we've taken this as an opportunity to engage in a holier-than-thou circle jerk.
Yeah, I disagree with him. That doesn't make me special.
This is a touchy subject and I'm willing to let people speak their minds, even if their viewpoints happen to be as misguided as Hunter's. But referring to gay people as "homo's" is a good way to get your comments deleted and your account in danger of a ban.
While Hunter's fear of homosexuals is wrong, after reading the article the comments weren't nearly as inflamatory as I was expecting. He said he'd be uncomfortable with openly gay teamates, the comment sounded less hate-filled than the statements that about half of our elected officials make when they are asked to opine on the subject.
I'll offer my own small-minded thought: What do you expect from a guy from Arkansas?