On yesterday’s ESPN broadcast of Around the Horn, I was greeted with such a diverse 4-person panel, my heart skipped a beat. Gay black guy LZ Granderson, gay Latino Israel Gutierrez, gay chick Kate Fagan, and presumably straight black chick Jamele Hill all converged to give me the most multicultural, homosexual, intersectional take on the future of quarterback RGIII (and other topics) I’ve ever experienced.
Look, we all know that ESPN and the rest of the sports media industrial complex doesn’t want to be seen as excluding ass masters and bird-feeding canyon yodelers. But stacking your 5:00 P.M. show with gays seems a little desperate. This country isn’t anti-Queer—it’s anti-having this shit shoved in our face every day for no other reason than your own agenda that bothers us. In other words: It’s annoying.
Are gays good at talking about sports? Sure, that’s not the issue. However, gays have the extraordinary ability of turning every topic into something about “Gay Rights,” when said topic has nothing to do with that shit.
Sports fans only wanna know about trades, and the NFL draft, and if LeBron has enough help: Gayness is irrelevant to us.
So ESPN can come up with panels featuring Elton John, Liberace, Rip Taylor, and Dan Savage—and we will politely change the channel. When the agenda outweighs the quality of content, we’ll just watch something else a little less gay than what ESPN provides. ESPN should learn that diversification doesn’t have to mean queering every show they have. It’s pathetic. And obviously PC.