On Saturday, Nov. 24, Masin Elijè, a homosexual creator and social media character, alleged that NBA participant Dwight Howard has been threatening and harassing him to cover the truth that they had been in a sexual relationship.
I used to be afraid to talk however at present my life was threatened after I used to be sexually harassed, threatened and manipulated, by somebody I revered, my ex boyfriend NBA participant Dwight Howard, and his camp additionally “”catfished”” by his disrespectful ass PASTOR pic.twitter.com/n1I1fwDcUw
— Masin Elijè (@MasinElije) November 25, 2018
In line with Elijè, the abusive conduct started after he refused to signal a nondisclosure settlement relating to their former relationship. The social media character shared a thread on his Twitter account, full with video and audio recordings, saying that in their relationship, Howard cheated on him with transgender women and men.
Though the Wizards’ heart has but to disclaim or affirm these allegations, social media customers have accepted Elijè’s claims as info, and their reactions are nothing wanting homophobic and transphobic.
What’s disturbing isn’t that Howard may be homosexual, it’s that so many individuals at the moment are viciously attacking him on the web for one thing that might not be true—one thing that has completely nothing to do with Dwight Howard the individual or the basketball participant. In actual fact, some appear to care extra about Howard’s sexual orientation than the truth that he was accused of threatening one other man’s life.
On Twitter, one person wrote, “Ahhh hell naw I can’t imagine I shook Dwight Howard ho** a** arms now!”
It appears the achievements of Howard, the three-time NBA Defensive Participant of the Yr and gold medal Olympian who has not solely dominated the league for years however confirmed to be a reasonably charitable man (he was awarded the NBA Group Help Award in 2014 and is a five-time winner of the DeVos Group Enrichment Award), have turn into irrelevant. Each accomplishment, each good deed has been erased by the chance that he may be homosexual.
One other Twitter person wrote: “U homosexual bro @DwightHoward ion by no means wanna see u in ATL once more, das on god.”
— idiot onna nook w/that bobby brown (@MclarenMyers) November 25, 2018
In the end, the overwhelming variety of degrading and crude jokes made about this example reveals that an enormous chunk of our society continues to be deeply homophobic; it says to those that are battling opening up about their very own sexuality: “Higher not or they’ll crucify you, too.”
In line with former NBA participant Jason Collins, “Transphobic & homophobic jokes aren’t humorous and may result in lethal penalties. Transphobia & homophobia get individuals killed on a regular basis around the globe.”
Collins was the NBA’s first and solely overtly homosexual participant. In 2013, he got here out in a column in Sports activities Illustrated to “almost common acclaim and a standing ovation at Barclays Heart,” wrote New York Journal’s Will Lietch.
A yr after that, the St. Louis Rams drafted overtly homosexual defensive finish Michael Sam within the seventh spherical of the NFL draft, and he celebrated by kissing his boyfriend on stay TV. Although his crew jersey instantly grew to become the second best-selling within the NFL, Sam by no means performed an everyday season recreation.
And as for Collins? He performed 22 video games for the New York Nets, and, based on Lietch, “that was that.”
In the present day, there are not any overtly homosexual gamers within the 4 main North American males’s skilled sports activities leagues, writes Leitch. In actual fact, if an athlete does something that might be seen as “homosexual,” waves of individuals, largely males, rush to query and criticize his sexuality.
Take, for instance, NFL participant Odell Beckham Jr. His love for dancing stirred rumors within the league regarding his sexuality. In 2015, there was even an outing marketing campaign towards the star receiver as a result of somebody posted a video to Instagram of him dancing with a male good friend.
Throughout a recreation over the summer season towards the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves gamers Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies shared a cuddle and tender head caress within the dugout. Many took to Twitter to joke concerning the affectionate second, on the identical time revealing their disapproval and underlying homophobia.
One person wrote, “Acuña Jr. and Albies make us really feel just a bit uncomfortable…” One other tweeted: “MLB #CuddlePuddle not the transfer.”
— 49ERNATIVE (@DankerD) July 30, 2018
Reactions equivalent to these show that there’s a a part of this nation that’s not prepared for an overtly homosexual main league athlete. “Clearly, there are homosexual gamers in these sports activities, certainly dozens of them,” Lietch writes. “However they’re nowhere to be seen or heard. There was no progress made on this space in any respect.”
How can there be when even dancing has turn into equated with being homosexual, when the phrase “homosexual” itself continues to be synonymous with abomination?
In line with Will Eaves, creator of the novel Murmur, “concern of homosexuals isn’t removed from the floor.” Till we as a society understand that being homosexual or transgender adjustments nothing about an individual’s character, homosexual women and men will all the time really feel they’ve to cover.
As creator Abhijit Naskar says, we should overlook gender, overlook sexual orientation and “turn into a human, my good friend. Grow to be a human above every little thing else, and all nice issues shall observe.”