In what can only be described as an orchestrated campaign designed for maximized positive impact, the cover story for Sports Illustrated's May 6 issue became April 29's biggest news story as NBA veteran Jason Collins (shown at right in photo) made the “surprising” revelation that he is homosexual. In the following hours the news, which the average American could be forgiven for considering mundane and forgettable, became the biggest story in the sports pages, on major network talk shows, and across the Twitter universe. The 34-year-old Collins, who played most of his nearly 13-year journeyman NBA career with the New Jersey Nets, has been feted by the likes of ABC's George Stephanopoulos (who got the first “exclusive” interview with Collins) and was even congratulated by President Obama for his courage in revealing his supposed sexuality. Fellow NBA stars have also been careful to affirm Collins, and he has quickly gained status as a celebrity role model for young people who are convinced they are gay.
Meanwhile, champions of traditional values are suggesting that the whirlwind media blitz seems too well packaged to be anything other than a well-oiled campaign designed to bring the public one step closer to surrendering to the normalization of homosexuality. “It certainly appears that Jason Collins is being used to push an agenda,” said Janet Boynes, herself a former lesbian who left the homosexual lifestyle and now helps others understand and deal with unwanted same-sex attraction. “There are powerful individuals and groups who are determined to force homosexuality and same-sex marriage on every sector of society,” Boynes told The New American. “People like Jason Collins are simply pawns to help them do that. This week the chosen target is professional sports.”
While the media sprang the Jason Collins story on the public as if he were making some surprising revelation, in reality the Sports Illustrated piece has most likely been months in the making, with ghost writers and editors strategically sculpting Collins' words for maximum emotional, heart-felt impact. “I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” claims Collins in his contrived public confessional. “But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different.' If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand.”
Click here to read the entire article.
Photo: AP Images