Slow news day. So we're going to talk about something I find particularly refreshing in this day and age: unabashed homophobia from high-profile celebrities. To be clear: I do not find it refreshing because I support it. I find it refreshing because it's important to be reminded that people both say and think these things. While Isaiah Washington wants to make it seem positively unthinkable that he may have referred to T.R. Knight using an anti-gay slur, former NBA standout Tim Hardaway goes on a balls-out anti-gay tirade on a Miami radio program. He's asked about John Amaechi, the NBA player who recently came out of the closet. Opines Hardaway:
First of all, I wouldn't want him on my team. And second of all, if he was on my team, I would really distance myself from him because I don't think that is right. I don't think he should be in the locker room while we are in the locker room ....
You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States.
Listen to the actual interview here. Hey, at least he's honest. You gotta give points for that. And someone should notify the United States that it is no longer technically a part of the world, and will, in the future, be independently responsible for its weather patterns, its natural disasters, its orbiting and its management of gays.
Hardaway called back later to say that "I shouldn't have said I hate gay people or anything like that. That was my mistake." The NBA sighed and removed him from league-related appearances for the remainder of the week. Amaechi's response: "It is ridiculous, absurd, petty, bigoted and shows a lack of empathy that is gargantuan and unfathomable. But it is honest."
Celebrity gossip with an evil twist.