Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"The Kiss"

Michael Sams kissing his boyfriend on national TV - "OMG! The sky is falling!"

"The Kiss" of course is referring to Michael Sams, the openly gay University of Missouri football player who was drafted into the National Football League on Sunday.  Michael was so happy with the new he heard on the phone that he dared to kiss his boyfriend on national television. 

Of course the Usual Suspects sent the Twitter universe into overload with comments like former NFL running back Derrick Ward who appeared to take exception to how intense Sam's kissing was.  Ward wrote:

Derrick with Khloe Kardashian - Uh, should I be offended by this PUBLIC display of affection?  Just asking.

"Man U got little kids looking at the draft. I can't believe ESPN even allowed that to happen." And later posting, "I wasn't against him kissing his significant other.  All I said was he shouldn't Had done it the way that he did it. Even if he kissed a girl I woulds said the same thing." 

Uh huh.  Here we go again.  Sounds like my brother saying "Ronnie, I couldn't care less what you and Bill do but do you TELL EVERYONE YOUR'RE GAY?"  The old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" mentality folks.  Some straight folks will "accept" what you do in your private life but just don't show affection in public, it might cause my children to think gay is normal.  You know folks, the "Crazy Uncle in the Attic" mindset that some straight folks can't shake.  

Crazy Old Uncle Joe

Heaven forfend that gays should act like other folks in public.  We're not talking about having sex in public, just a kiss between two human beings who love one another.  Why do so many people feel threatened by that simple act of affection?  

An angry lightening bolt God - "get out of the way, He's mad!"

I think the answer is more than just simple bigotry against gay people.  I think those who are offended by same sex couples acting just like heterosexual couples in public feel it sends a message that gay is normal.  Well folks, it is.  God (if she exists) created me this way.  I'm not a mistake (regardless what some people may think).  In fact, I'm a pretty good guy, especially compared to some of my peers.  And yet, if I show affection in public to someone who loves me and who I love in return, that causes some to want to hide their children?  You got to relax peeps.  RELAX.  Gayness is not contagious.  You either are or you're not.  

RELAX.  And prepare yourself for more "kisses." 

The times are changing folks.

Yes folks, we're making a lot of progress in societal recognition that gay folks are just like straight folks but I'll know we're really making progress when I see a Cialis commercial that has two MEN in a bathtub. 


Bob said...

I heard someone say yesterday that a lot of the hub-bub over Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend is because that is so rarely shown--in real life as opposed to TV fiction--on TV.
So, maybe every time a gay couple is filmed for the news they should kiss, and then the same-sex kiss won't be such a big deal.

anne marie in philly said...

I think it's about damn time! homophobes suck and should hurry up and die. ya ever notice the homophobes are all angry white guys, most likely tea party members?

Ron said...

I'm waiting for the commercial that shows two guys being affectionate with each other. When that happens then we'll know our society has gotten over their fear of two men loving one another.

Ron said...

Anne Marie,
There is no shortage of angry white guys.

Geo. said...

Ron, the picture is --as your title suggests-- reminiscent of Rodin's "Le Baiser" and is certainly not offensive. Love is always a rare and wonderful thing and we censor it at our collective peril.

Amanda said...

Just like bi-racial couples, the world, eventually, will get used to sex same couples kissing!

Ron said...

It's a process Nadege. A slow but unrelenting move forward. No going back now. I'm enjoying seeing the homophobes circling the wagons trying to protect themselves from the onslaught of equality for ALL PEOPLE.


Ron said...

You're right, nothing offensive about the picture at all but some cannot bear to see two men (or women but especially men) show love to one another. Their world is closing in around them.

Ur-spo said...

It is intriguing to me why some straights react with such abhorrence to a kiss, or all things. I have my theory of course.
On the other hand the evil side of me likes to have so simple a weapon to use viz. a kiss to upset people like I just vomited on their best suit.

Ur-spo said...

Good points, all.
However I liked the two pooches in the washtubs the best.

Ron said...

Dr. Spo,
One fact that has always surprised me was that many straights took less offense at oral sex (blow jobs) than they did seeing two men kissing. What's up with that?

Ron said...

Dr. Spo,
I liked the two pooches in the washtub too. I was looking for two men in a washtub but when I came across the two pooches, I couldn't resist.