While the rest of the nation supported Jason Collins when he became the first gay athlete of any of the four major sports to declare his homosexuality, there are others who have, and continue, to suffer the intense backlash for spewing anti-gay invectives in recent years.
This is a complete reversal from nearly 20 years ago when Ellen DeGeneres was ostracized and had her sitcom pulled from under her feet when she came out in the mid-1990s. And this is a far cry from the time when comedians Eddie Murphy and Andrew Dice Clay made homosexual jokes a routine part of their standup shows.
The penalties suffered for imprudent spillage of hateful comments about gays are swift, severe and sometimes permanent.
Time will only tell if ESPN senior reporter Chris Broussard will suffer any adverse actions as a result of this statement on “Outside the Lines”:
“I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is…. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be … that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.”
Now, instead of making money off of anti-gay jokes and invectives, folks have lost money, been fired from shows, had their concert tours cancelled and have pretty much been blacklisted from the airwaves for indefinite periods of time.
Take a look at the following celebrities who have been blacklisted for hating on gays.