Remember when Michael Sam, the first openly gay athlete to be drafted by the NFL, shoved his sexuality in our faces by kissing his boyfriend on a live television broadcast celebrating his historic first?
Well, the nerve of that guy pushing his values onto us inspired a handful of wholesome folk (20, to be exact) to file complaints with the FCC. ‘What has this country come to?’, they cried. ‘My children are watching this!’ How is one supposed to raise a decent family when “shocking” displays of homosexuality are being aired during a masculine sports program? Ugh!
Well, the fine people at Deadspin filed a FOIA request to see each complaint that was sent to the FCC regarding the kiss, and they range from issues with “images of two homosexual men on television kissing, played over and over for the viewing audience” to a woman who is “EXTREMELY disturbed and concerned” with the “bedroom activity” being aired on a “SPORTS NETWORK.”
One angry man claims he was “trying to teach [his] son right from wrong” when ESPN aired footage of “some kid who got drafted kissing another man and then licking cake off of each other.”
Aside from being “harmful to children,” this is “obscene and disgusting, and should not be shown on daytime television,” cried another, who would probably like to see more of this kind of appropriate behavior on television.
All 20 complaints are posted in full at Deadspin. Make sure you’re sitting first.