Dale Hansen, a 65-year-old sports anchor in Dallas, is making huge headlines this week after addressing the Michael Sam controversy in his "Hansen Unplugged: Celebrating Our Differences" segment Monday night. If you haven't been keeping up, Sam is "the best defensive player in college football's best conference" who bravely went on ESPN and came out as gay. So if he's drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft or signed by an NFL team as an undrafted free agent, he will become the first active openly gay player in NFL history. Cheers to that!
'Course he knows his path to that title won't be an easy one. It's already proven to set tongues wagging. Which drove Hansen to give an absolutely rousing, inspiring, kickass speech about Sam's predicament and what it says about American hypocrisy -- on and off the field.
Check it out ...
BRAVO! Love this part especially:
So many of the same people who used to make that argument (and the many who still do) are the same people who say government should stay out of our lives. But then want government in our bedrooms. I've never understood how they feel "comfortable" laying claim to both sides of that argument.
Because it embodies a prevalent hypocrisy that just won't die. In cases like this, or in matters of marriage equality, or women's reproductive rights like birth control and abortion. These people Dale Hansen is calling out can't keep talking out of both sides of their mouths. You can't pretend you have libertarian values and then continue to stick your nose in other people's private lives.
Hansen's argument is so on point. The only thing I'd add is how disgraceful and embarrassing it is that we're still struggling with this obvious civil rights issue more than a decade into the 21st century. My only hope is that we can look back on this so-called "scandal" even 5, maybe 10 years from now and have made so much progress that we can only wonder what in the world we were thinking ...
What's your reaction to Dale Hansen's speech?
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