What’s going to happen to the poor homophobes now that Michael Sam will be playing for the St. Louis Rams, the concerned folks over at FOX News wondered in this morning’s episode of Fox & Friends. Does this mean they can’t be homophobic anymore? Is free speech officially dead? Is America going to hell?!
The conservative TV hosts were discussing Miami Dolphins player Don Jones, who was fined by the NFL after tweeting “omg” and “horrible” in response to Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, upon learning he had been drafted to the St. Louis Rams.
Survivor star-turned-talk show co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck warned that the NFL’s actions against Jones sets a dangerous precedent. She posed the question: If Jones is punished for making homophobic remarks, what’s going to happen to all the other NFLers who make disparaging comments towards gay people?
Said Hasselbeck: “When you look at what the NFL is saying though, now, this is a strong message. They are going on the offense against any sort of offensive comments out there. But does it offend those with their free speech and their opinions to voice them?”
She continues: “Certainly when it comes on the field. Will they then go after what is said in the huddle, in a tackle, on the bottom of a pile? Because if you have those times mic’d, you’re going to be hearing a lot of comments which would be deemed offensive. Where does this go from here?”
To be clear, Miss Hasselbeck, free speech is alive and well. People can say whatever they want. But sometimes our words have consequences, as Don Jones learned over the weekend.
Later in the show, the ever-charming Donald Trump called in to offer his two cents on the matter. He said Sam celebrating with his boyfriend “looked pretty out there to me.” And when it came to Jones being reprimanded for sending homophobic tweets, the toupee-wearing millionaire warned: “We’ve become so politically correct in this country that the country is going to hell.”
Last we checked, political correctness didn’t insure a one-way ticket to the Underworld. Greed, adultery, fraud, and divorce, on the other hand, can easily land a person in Satan’s playground.