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Wed., May 15, 2013, midnight

Collins not a hero

OK, let me see if I have this straight. The Spokesman-Review cartoon said, “2013 Most Valuable Player, Jason Collins, Washington Wizards.” So, a real live pro athlete announces to the world that when he wants sexual intimacy, it is with other men. Thus, he is an instant hero.

People are proud of him. Did he decide to use his NBA wealth to support an orphanage or a new school in Africa? Oh wait, that’s Roger Federer and Serena Williams. People declare how brave he is. Did he decide to continue his NBA career with one leg? There is this huge outpouring of support. Did he lose his family in an airplane accident?

Really now, folks, is this historic, or just another example of our cultural obsession with the most private details of everyone’s life? Has no celebrity the strength or integrity to simply say about his personal life: “It’s not your business, thank you”?

Jim Becker


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