As Twitchy reported, the NBA’s Jason Collins came out as gay. Bill Clinton and members of the media swooned: Historic and stuff!

Hmm.

Others offered up a great big yawn: It is 2013, isn’t it?

Giggles ensued when the long-time openly gay Martina Navratilova weighed in.

Zing!

Then this happened.

Heh.

She continued tweeting about the Collins news.

Sigh.

“Look at ME.”

We may not like Martina’s politics, but many on Twitter still got a kick out of her exchanges and her schooling of the swooning media.

https://twitter.com/MattIsATwitNow/status/328910932522725376

Indeed!

Related:

Love-love: Tennis ace Martina Navratilova hearts Jim Carrey’s ‘Cold Dead Hand’

‘It’s 2013′: NBA’s Jason Collins comes out as gay; Clinton swoons, others yawn ‘who cares?’

  • Joe W.

    Pfffffft…..Who cares??

  • MurphTacular

    First male athlete in a ‘big 4′ sport, and yes Martina’s contribution was important and monumental. But it doesn’t detract from what Collins’ announcement means.

    • TroyGates

      Why does it matter who a pro athlete is having sex with?

      • Mammytwoshoes

        Remember the last time we had a gay, male puppeteer ?

        He resigned for sex with underage boys..

      • TocksNedlog

        It doesn’t

        • MurphTacular

          Maybe not to you, but I guarantee you this will be remembered as an important event.

          • Jill

            Considering that an athlete openly expressing their preference for the same sex is hardly new, why is this particular ‘outing’ so much more monumental than the others?

          • TocksNedlog

            Say the name Jason Collins to people a year from now, then sit back and watch as you’re elected mayor of Whoville.

          • MurphTacular

            You say that like it’s a bad thing …

          • TocksNedlog

            Not saying it will be forgotten because it’s no longer important; it will be forgotten because it was never important — except to the militant left, who will exploit it for all the political capital they think they can squeeze from it.

          • MurphTacular

            So if I’m happy for Collins and proud of the NBA, that makes me part of the ‘militant left’? LOL. I don’t even have a uniform or title …

          • DjWeideman

            Don’t forget, you’re also required to have a ‘CoExist’ bumper sticker on your car at all times.

          • MurphTacular

            Well, I don’t have one of those, but what exactly is wrong with ‘co-existing’ with other religions? That’s right, absolutely nothing. :>

          • Finrod Felagund

            Let me know when Islam is down with the whole ‘coexist’ thing.

          • MurphTacular

            The vast majority of its members already are, it’s just the outliers. Reading an interesting book about why some Muslims become ‘radicalized.’ It’s called “The Thistle and The Drone.”

          • walterc

            Try reading the koran if you want to read a book that explains muslim radicalization.

          • MurphTacular

            I’ll get there, eventually. Have you read it?

          • walterc

            Twice. If you were to take out all the parts that advocate violence, you’d be down to about 6 pages.

            And the later “revelations” take precedence over the earlier ones (look up rule of abrogation) and it just so happens that all the violent passages were “received” by mohommad after the Jews rejected his peaceful religion. So to put it bluntly, the violent jihadi muslims are the ones following the koran’s teaching.

          • MurphTacular

            So, are you implying that you know the Koran’s true intent better than the vast number of mullahs and imams – many of whom have memorized the Quran – who don’t preach violence?

          • walterc

            I’m implying no such thing. I’m just saying I’ve read it and, in my opinion, a good portion of it advocates violence.

          • MurphTacular

            Fair enough.

          • TocksNedlog

            Private No Class, just like the rest of the collective.

          • TocksNedlog

            Not saying it will be forgotten because it’s no longer important; it will be forgotten because it was never important — except to the militant left, who will exploit it for all the political capital they think they can squeeze from it.

          • http://profiles.google.com/sanddog Ms Anonymous

            Important to who? I didn’t care last week and I don’t care today.

          • MurphTacular

            Congrats. You’re missing out on one of the nation’s finest reality TV programs – the NBA. :>

      • MurphTacular

        If it was ‘no big deal,’ and didn’t signify anything, don’t you think it would have happened before now? That’s why it matters. And I’m not saying it’s the end-all, be-all, but it IS significant, regardless if you don’t care.

        • ERMERGERD

          Doesn’t seem like anyone’s too concerned.

          • dwok

            Except for Murph there.

          • MurphTacular

            And I think it’s nice that it’s not a freak-out, OMG type thing … I think that, among other reasons, is proof that this society has changed its attitude toward homosexuality. And you can hate that, or not, but I think this generally casual reaction is proof.

      • Mark James

        It doesn’t matter at all, as long as he is HIV free. If not, then it matters quite a bit. Esp if he starts bleeding.

        • AWomaninTX

          As with any other athlete… seeing how HIV does not care what one’s orientation is.

        • MurphTacular

          The NBA’s had a ‘no bleeding’ rule in place for at least 15 years …

      • Julia1wolfe

        It matters because we don’t have equal rights.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          Yes you do. Marriage is an optional contract between a man and a woman that can be denied by the State at their choosing. Privileges are not the same as rights.

        • dwok

          No, you have equal rights. You have the exact same rights any American is afforded under the Constitution.

          What you want is social justice, that’s a completely different construct.

      • Allan Hamilton

        Remember the last time we had a gay, male football coach? Remember the last time we had a gloveless, gay black male professional singer?

        See?

        • Kyle Bradelle

          IKR? What could go wrong?

      • Jeremy

        it shouldn’t matter I agree.

    • journogal

      What does his announcement mean to you? Unless you are a part of his circle, how does this affect you at all?

      • Julia1wolfe

        It affects you if you are a gay athlete. Or gay anything. It provides an out and proud role model.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          Yes, I’m sure young people everywhere will look up to the retirement age mediocre player on one of the worst teams in the league who came out so he can get a new contract. What a role model. Believe it or not regardless of the false importance you liberals give to things like this, young people look up to actual GOOD athletes who are good at what they do without caring about their sexuality. This guy will be forgotten in a week.

    • TocksNedlog

      And it means WHAT?

      • MurphTacular

        That it’s OK for men in a high-profile locker room to admit who they really are to society. It’s called … progress.

        • Jill

          You’re saying no openly gay athlete ever used a locker room with heterosexual peers? Did Greg Louganis lie in his autobiography?

          • MurphTacular

            Louganis was a swimmer, which is generally NOT a team sport, and I don’t ‘think’ he came out of the closet until after he retired.

          • Jill

            He claimed, in his book, that it was no secret.

          • oneword

            everyone knew he was Gay & nobody cared

        • TocksNedlog

          Being gay defines the content of his character, does it?

          • MurphTacular

            Not to me, I’m a pro-hoops fan. I’m far more interested in his career rebounds per game numbers. Plus, he used to play on at least one team i rooted for. He’s always seemed like a good guy on the floor. Doesn’t start trouble, etc.

          • TocksNedlog

            So then, WHAT aspect of this announcement constitutes substantive “progress”?

          • MurphTacular

            That an NBA player can say this and not fear being discreetly blackballed from the league by owners, coaches or players. If someone had done this in 1978 (the year Collins was born), he would have been out o’ the league, methinks.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          It’s 2013, nobody gives a damn if a basketball player is gay unless it improves his slam dunk. There is no negative consequence to him coming out, in fact he gets name recognition and leverage in contract negotiations since he is a free agent. This man is just exploiting his sexuality in order to get paid, nothing more.

          • MurphTacular

            We’ll see if he ‘gets paid’ as a result of this … If he gets any type of endorsement deal, I’d be surprised. And if he writes a book, chances are it won’t be a big-time sports book. Hard to tell, however.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Either way, this didn’t hurt his chances of getting a deal. Even if he doesn’t, it will still be because he isn’t that great of a player.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Either way, this didn’t hurt his chances of getting a deal. Even if he doesn’t, it will still be because he isn’t that great of a player.

          • AWomaninTX

            Youngsters may care. Especially those who are LGBT and are holding back out of fear of rejection.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Youngsters are going to care if an athlete they never heard of before today decided to leverage his coming out into a new contract? Color me skeptical.

          • Kyle Bradelle

            Is there a pool if Collins will get a SI feature article? Nah, I’m not taking any part of that, either. It’s practically a given. Ka-ching!

          • Julia1wolfe

            Said like a straight man who’s never been on the receiving end of homophobia. How about if we let gay athletes decide if people give a damn?

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Oh boy, here come the butthurt(no pun intended) liberal gay activists.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Also, the gay athletes don’t decide if we give a damn. We do, genius.

          • MurphTacular

            She meant the gay athletes will decide if it matters to them, not if it matters to you, methinks.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            “How about if we let gay athletes decide if people give a damn?”

            Nah, I’m right.

          • MurphTacular

            Well put, Julia. It’s not really up to those of us who aren’t gay to decide what it means/doesn’t mean.

          • John (it true me am)

            Except that when you announce something press release style it IS SPECIFICALLY a question of what it means to the PUBLIC. And yes, I hold the same standard for straight players, and couldn’t care less who is currently “banging” a Kardashian. Both cases make me roll my eyes and say shut up and play.

            There’s someone’s private life, and then there is someone’s public life. He chose to turn his private life into his public life. No one is saying if he is asked point blank he should deny it for the sake of keeping it quiet, but this “out and proud” announcement to the world routine for publicity has to stop. It’s hypocrisy plain and simple, placing importance on sexual preference when the goal is supposedly to remove importance of sexual preference.

            (And just to cover the usual “if you don’t care, why post about it” stuff, I and most likely many here are posting about it as a public policy issue not as a discussion of the person in question being gay. Frankly I’d have to scroll up to even remember his name.)

          • MurphTacular

            Until being a gay athlete is truly not a big deal, it’ll be a big deal when someone announces it. In a perfect world, nobody would care – and you’re right to say that many don’t – but we’re not in a perfect world and if it helps someone else become more comfortable in their own skin, then it’s a good thing.

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      People actually knew who Martina was before she came out though. Collins is a mediocre player on a crappy team who is also a free agent in the twilight of his career, I’m sure his coming out had nothing to do with contract negotiations…..what bravery.

      • MurphTacular

        Actually, if I was barely hanging on in the NBA – and lots of players are from year to year – this is the last thing I’d do. I don’t want my new-found notoriety to cause any GMs considering offering me a one-year deal to shy away …

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          I don’t think you honestly believe that, there is also no notoriety because there has been virtually no negative press. Before this he had pretty much zero chance of getting a deal, now he has leverage because no organization is going to want to be the one to deny the first gay bball player a job. I think it is fairly obvious.

          • MurphTacular

            That would be accurate if he was on a team. But, as I understand it, he’s not under contract to anyone, so a team would have to make the first move, as it were.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            I know this, I’m talking about anyone he is negotiating with.

          • MurphTacular

            Hard to tell from here … I suspect he’ll be a 12th man, again, and there’ll be a bit of a splash when training camp starts – depending on how big a market it is, it could be large/small – and then he’ll go back to his relative anoymity.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            I’m just saying that it will help his chances more than hurt. Let’s be honest here, he had nowhere to go but up since he probably wasn’t going to get pick up before.

          • MurphTacular

            I’m sure it’ll help or hurt, but if I owned ‘Jason Collins/hoopster’ stock, I would have sold it many a moon ago. That being said, is it plausible he’d be signed as an attempt to attract gay fans? If memory serves, I ‘think’ the WNBA team in Sacramento – seeing a relatively obvious opportunity – used to promote lesbian-style date nights to attract gay fans. However, families didn’t relish the company and I think it was discontinued.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          I don’t think you honestly believe that, there is also no notoriety because there has been virtually no negative press. Before this he had pretty much zero chance of getting a deal, now he has leverage because no organization is going to want to be the one to deny the first gay bball player a job. I think it is fairly obvious.

    • dwok

      It doesn’t mean a damn thing. We now know what he likes to screw. Didn’t care before, don’t care now.

      • MurphTacular

        Gay men are now considered a ‘what,’ not a ‘who’? Interesting pronoun choice …

        • dwok

          That was more a reference as to the path we are walking down. Now polyamory rights are being talked about. People now seem to be overzealous of their pets, which leads me to believe that a few are fancying a dalliance with one of their furry creatures.

          I guess the “choice” comes from maybe the question of….if you don’t use your peen for its natural purposes, then WHAT, I dare ask, are you sticking it in?

          • MurphTacular

            Yeah, dwok: that’s what we all ought to live in fear of … Polyamory … By the way, didn’t I hear Rush Limbaugh make virtually the same argument six weeks ago or so? And just b/c El Rushbo fears this happening doesn’t make it so …

          • dwok

            Take the words of “Gay Activist” Masha Geesen….

            “Gay marriage is a lie.

            Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there.”

            It’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist”.

            Here is what she said in regards to the 5 “parents” of her 3 children.

            “I don’t see why my children shouldn’t have five parents
            legally. I don’t see why we should choose two of those parents and make them a sanctioned couple.”

            That’s the reason for the demand that marriage be redefined.

          • MurphTacular

            Uh-oh. One activist, who I’ve never heard of, wants to see something transpire. I guess it’s imminent AND inevitable, after all. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …..

          • dwok

            nice reply very childish indeed.

            If you listen closely enough a person will tell you their true intentions. If the re-definemint of marriage was about equality then why haven’t Gays started to marry in droves in places where it is legal? Even in countries that have legalized it, their marriage rate constitutes less than 10% of their total representation.

          • Julia1wolfe

            Why would I want the right to marry other than for equal rights? WTF are you talking about?

          • John (it true me am)

            What you individually desire and what a movement will lead to are very different things. Prior to the abortion revolution the operating line of thought for the majority of advocates was “rare abortions in cases of dire need”. Now it’s given no more thought by its proponents than using condoms.

            Also, marriage is not a right. People really need to stop repeating that.

            (And as I don’t expect you to dig through my post history, I actually am for equality on the issue as I’m for alternative solutions such as removing marriage from the legal lexicon altogether and letting it go back to the religious institution it is while allowing for equal protection with across the board civil unions. But the government nor you or any person has the right to redefine a religious institute whose protection actually IS a right.)

          • dwok

            nice reply very childish indeed.

            If you listen closely enough a person will tell you their true intentions. If the re-definemint of marriage was about equality then why haven’t Gays started to marry in droves in places where it is legal? Even in countries that have legalized it, their marriage rate constitutes less than 10% of their total representation.

          • Kyle Bradelle

            I highly doubt you even listen to Rush. Clips linked on Huffpo do not count.

          • MurphTacular

            “Don’t doubt me on this, as I type this with my formerly nicotine stained fingers.” “Snerdly, Dawn, those of you listening in Rio Linda, I can make the complex simple for you here as I flawlessly execute my assigned duties.”
            Now do you believe that I listen to the ‘all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful, lovable little fuzzball El Rushbo?”

          • John (it true me am)

            “then WHAT, I dare ask, are you sticking it in?”

            Toasters. Usually toasters. I… I think I have a problem.

    • Kyle Bradelle

      WTH does it mean? Because he’s gay, now we know who he is. Gotta say it: that’s pathetic. Instead of Jason Collins, professional athlete, he’s earned his spot in some future version of Trival Pursuit as The Gay Ball Player. Big woop.

  • greatunconformity

    I’d say “slow news day” but it seems like there other, much more important things going on in the world. Didn’t Tebow just get let go from the Jets? I mean come on.

    • JoeMyGodNYC

      It will be interesting when Tebow finally comes out, won’t it?

      • Mammytwoshoes

        Your first lady is a Wookie.

        • JoeMyGodNYC

          There’s that Christian Love that I keep hearing about.

          • John (it true me am)

            Did he say he was a Christian? Because I believe you just profiled him. You know, that thing the left says is so bad.

      • journogal

        Why? Got plans for him? Why does Tebow matter to you? I get it, you get off on making fun of people who don’t think like you.

      • Heather_A

        Unless you have proof, STFU. Outing is why us QUILTBAG’s can’t have nice things.

        ~H

      • TocksNedlog

        Brill•yant
        [eye roll]

      • RedSoloCup

        When will you come out as a troll?

  • Gordon

    Anyone else remember the oppressive year of 1981? Elton John was closeted and terrified for his life to come out and the Reagan Youth had just dragged Billie Jean King out of her home and into a re-education camp.

    • Mammytwoshoes

      Christians over in DurkaDurka land are getting their heads cut off for being Christian and the gays want a special coming out day and special colored shirts worn for their “struggle” ( making athlete’s pay )

      You have the same rights as every other human being:
      To marry a person of the opposite sex.

    • 912er

      No wonder no one else came out.

  • oneword

    who cares about any of these effin people

    • http://www.facebook.com/luke.givens.963 Luke Givens

      Um, you? Moron.

      • b_truit

        Because he frequents this site that today threw these people on the screen would validate his questioning. You on the other hand are trying to seem self righteous with your snarky comment that by him commenting he cares. By that measure it would be safe to assume that you care what oneword thinks on this matter. And if you reply to me, thank you in advance for caring about what I had to say to you.

      • oneword

        Really jerk off? Most people don’t care. If this is news we are doomed as a society.

    • ⚔Christophuh⚔

      Martina was an awesome tennis player. No one can deny that.

      • oneword

        who said she wasn’t?

        • ⚔Christophuh⚔

          well you said who cares, and i was just pointing out that she was one of the best tennis players in history, so maybe if someone is really into tennis they will care. me? no, i dont really care.

          • oneword

            I only care about the sport, not who they have sex with

  • $27789750

    OK

  • BlahBlah

    So wait I don’t know if I got this right. This Jason dude that no one has heard of before got tired of being single so he went to the media, told them he’s gay, boom, boyfriend. Is this what happened?

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Martina, Would you please explain, since you were so “brave” in 1981, WHY citizens need extra, legislative consideration because of their sexual practices?

    You know what would be REALLY brave? Providing proof that homosexuality is nothing but a personal habit or a mental disorder.

  • PatriotRG

    who gives ..a

  • ceemack

    I’m afraid I’m still trying to figure out what “rights” gays & lesbians don’t have.

    • Kyle Bradelle

      Thank you! Exactly!

  • KansasGirl

    Hey, maybe schools should start teaching the homosexual agenda…that way we’ll get our kids heads straight (no pun intended). sarc/

  • Roto

    Martin Navratilova is a woman?!?!
    Guess our Wide World of Sports didn’t come in very well….

  • arrow2010

    Notice how all the haters come out in the comment section?

    • Jill

      Apathy and a certain level of bemusement that this is considered ‘news’ is tantamount to hate? Really? Can you explain the rationale behind that query?

    • dwok

      It’s hate when calling out a narcissistic, bench warming basketball player for having the audacity to think anyone in the non-media public gives a damn about who he fondles?

    • Oschlama

      ah yes calling out the “HATER” meme… akin to a baby crying uncontrollably in a library

  • http://twitter.com/arljim78 exceller

    so he comes out. has anyone heard of a single negative reaction towards him? if not why was it so courageous and bold? try coming out as a conservative or as a Christian and tell me what kind of reception you receive from all these open minded and tolerant folks applauding Collins.

    • Roto

      That’s for sure!!! Look at the hate comments about Tebow’s release today…

  • Judy B

    The “ho hum” is good indication that societal indoctrination has triumphed, & Sodom & Gomorrah have an apology coming.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Speaking of, isn’t Billie Jean King also one and also came out in 1981?

  • J.N. Ashby

    Speaking of, isn’t Billie Jean King also one and also came out in 1981?

  • Rena

    This is all I have to say, Whats the big deal? Seriously… Whats so great about a person “coming out”? I thought they wanted equal treatment and that means that they want their privacy like all famous straight couples want. I mean really, I all see is most famous people want the gossip magazines and paparazzies to leave them alone and mind their own business about their private lives, so now its some big deal because some ball player came out? Sheesh people make up your minds!!

  • Rena

    This is all I have to say, Whats the big deal? Seriously… Whats so great about a person “coming out”? I thought they wanted equal treatment and that means that they want their privacy like all famous straight couples want. I mean really, I all see is most famous people want the gossip magazines and paparazzies to leave them alone and mind their own business about their private lives, so now its some big deal because some ball player came out? Sheesh people make up your minds!!

  • Kevin

    Everyone! Quick! Never mind the failing policies of our misguided nation! Look over here at who this mediocre professional player of a children’s game chooses to have sex with, cause that’s important….

  • LibLieExposer

    A big fuss about nothing. Yet Hollyweird has no problem with their open expressions of bigotry against entertainers “coming out” as “openly conservative”.

  • Dane Gunderson

    People had actually heard of Martina Navratilova

  • Sheerie Knoll

    Martina “coming out” in 1981 was braver than Jason Collins “coming out” in 2013. Having said this, I never remember that she is “openly gay” and I won’t remember that Jason Collins is “openly gay”. Why? Because ….. I …..DON’T……. CARE.

  • chetnapier

    Didn’t Rodman already do that