Question: What is the best way to respond to a famous basketball player who decides to use his access to national airwaves to promote his raging homophobia?
If you’re CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, or any of the other platforms for Ken-and-Barbie-doll talking heads, the answer is to try to make it into a serious matter of discussion and debate, as if Jesus himself had come back to declare that, yes, indeed, Britney Spears’s shaved head (golly and gasp!) is the first sign of the Apocalypse.
But that’s not the right answer. Tim Hardaway is just some overtly ignorant dude who plays basketball pretty well (from what I understand). He can’t offer us any new insights on anything that actually matters. Why give his ridiculous opinions a stage? If Tim Hardaway announced that he had developed a comprehensive
Tim, I promise we’ll call if anyone needs help with a hook shot or wants to know how to put together a really nice peanut-butter and jelly sandwich. You know the kind. The ones where the jelly is spread so evenly that it doesn’t quite seep out the sides. Yeah. Perfect. I hear you’re really good at making those.
Leave it to a raging queen (George Takei… but you can still call him Mr. Sulu) to figure out how to properly deal with this clumsy bigot: Milk this laughingstock for every joke it’s got.