Twitter’s Reaction To Michael Sam, Boyfriend Kiss
Two questions regarding an openly gay man in America’s most popular sport were answered almost simultaneously this weekend.
1. Will Michael Sam, the first openly gay, active football player be drafted by an NFL team?
2. How will the sports world handle that person’s first public display of affection?
Reaction for ‘The Kiss’ between Sam and his boyfriend spanned the spectrum. Some find it disgusting and appalling to see two men kiss, others thought it was the natural reaction any couple would have and were unphased by it.
Regardless of how you felt, it was a major topic of conversation among sports fans on Sunday, especially on social media. It seems though, that for the most part, the twitter-verse was extremely supportive:
If you're worried about how to explain Michael Sam to your kids, there's a decent chance you need your kids to explain Michael Sam to you.
— Brian Phillips (@runofplay) May 10, 2014
Ray Rice punched his significant other. Michael Sam kissed his. Only one of those incidents sparked Internet outrage.
— geoff tate (@geofftate96) May 11, 2014
Men in tight shiny pants tackling each other and then patting each other's butts. I doubt Michael Sam's gonna make football any gayer.
— Alec Mapa (@AlecMapa) May 12, 2014
If Johnny Manziel started dating Michael Sam @espn headquarters would instantly explode
— Andy Ruther (@AndyRuther) May 11, 2014
Most of the people upset over Michael Sam's kiss wouldn't have cared if it had happened during their favorite HBO or SHO drama.
— Peyton's Head (@PeytonsHead) May 11, 2014
Jason Collins had not seen Michael Sam's kiss, but his reaction was perfect: "We're gay. We have boyfriends."
— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) May 11, 2014
Congrats Michael Sam. To you, your family, your love, and your team. It's a great historic day!
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) May 11, 2014
In another Twitter angle to this story, Miami Dolphins defensive back Don Jones tweeted ‘OMG’ and ‘horrible’ after watching the televised kiss. He has apologized since, but was also fined by the team and will have to undergo ‘educational training’ before he can return.
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