Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Seacocks Gone Wrong

This blog has always been intentionally apolitical. Sports is one of my escapes from the endless partisanship of today's American political landscape. I know many of you feel the same way. Today, however, I am compelled to blend those two worlds. I received an email from my sister this morning referencing this blog post on The Strangers web site. She had come to my site to see if I had a take on the topic of Chris Clemons remarks regarding the prospect of a player publicly revealing their sexual orientation. She did not find such a story, but she did find my Seacocks post and was concerned the timing and subject matter would send the message that I am supportive of homophobic behavior. 

Part of what I love about sports is that it cuts across social, political, economical, religious and age divides. A person's beliefs about who the starting quarterback should be, or whether the Seahawks should blitz more is this wonderful safe zone where we can have a heated debate without demonizing the person who disagrees with us. It is the way most of us would hope politics could actually work. 

My sister was not alone in thinking my crude post about the altered Seahawks logo could be construed as homophobic. I had a conversation with a few people on Twitter, and some of the folks leaving comments. The less controversial truth is that I have the sense of humor of a teenage boy. I am the one person who likes Adam Sandler movies.

Tithead from Little Nicky makes me laugh
I could try to paint a more sophisticated self-portrait, but I don't see the point. The fact that images of a Seahawks phallus in the mouth of Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick make me laugh is because it looks funny. It would look funny in the mouth of woman as well. San Francisco fans had done something low brow and funny with the Seahawks logo. My hope was that we could have some fun as well and get some laughs. Humor has a way of dividing people, which is unfortunate. 

Seacocks can go places other than men's mouths

I am certainly guilty of lowering the quality bar on my blog with that post, but I want to unequivocally say that none of the humor was intended to be a statement on homosexuality.

The ironic aspect here is that it is my complete acceptance of LGBT lifestyles that, at times, blinds me to the sensitivities. Putting up a compromising picture of a black man is no more, or less, funny than putting up one of a white man. It is just a man. We have reached that point as a society. I look forward to getting to the point where jokes that even have the hint of homophobia are not construed as a threat. Until that time, I will do my best to humiliate Jim Harbaugh in other ways.


jake bishop said...

My lord, if equality is truly desired by gays, they need to be able to accept jokes just like we do. Alot of humor is based on the premise that people are different, and exploiting those differences is funny. If they're SO comfortable with it, why the hell are they so sensitive? I'm not sensitive if a gay man cracks a straight joke at me. Wake up, people.

RJ Puterbaugh said...

I agree. Sometimes it feels like peoples fear of homophobia is a bigger problem than the phobia itself. I have trouble seeing how laughing at a photograph makes a person afraid of anything. We've reached a point in society where Homosexuality is commonplace and widely accepted. We have gay politicians, entertainers, little league coaches, ect. It is past time we focus on something else and let a joke be a joke.