Doctor MJ wrote:Peregrine01 wrote:Doctor MJ wrote:I'll say this just for solidarity - trying to avoid getting sucked in to something that will just piss me off:
What Durant said was clear cut homophobia.
I've seen a lot of folks online say stuff like "Oh, in 2021 now THAT's homophobia, ridiculous?", but these people just never understood the concept in the first place. When a straight man looks to insult another straight man by insinuating he's gay, this is an attempt to make the other man feel like he's something "less than a real man" by playing on societal notions of being afraid to be seen as gay. Hence, "homophobia".
It really isn't that complicated. Whenever you try to insult someone by equating them with something their not, you're demeaning that thing their not, and there are concepts attached to it.
Worth noting that Rapaport has all sorts of misogeny all over the stuff he says. It may be that he draws the line with homophobia, or it may not, but from a perspective of understanding Durant, arguing he's better or worse than Rapaport misses the point. Durant is quite clearly someone who has internalized a great deal of homophobia and misogeny to go along with his ever-present insecurities pertaining to his basketball play and his stalker-like tendency to obsess in anger toward people in the media.
I honestly don't say any of this to damn or "cancel" him. He's a ball player. I expect he's going to be able to keep playing ball for a long time because he's great at it. But he's also a remarkable case study of someone who probably has a pretty decent IQ just stepping on rakes over and over again in the social media age, and each time he does so he adds to his list of people he considers his adversaries, which only makes things worse.
Can't say I find anyone in sports more unlikable than him right now. Also find it blatantly hypocritical how the NBA and the media have handled this...they've kind of swept it under the rug yet they had no problem cancelling Meyers Leonard, who we haven't gotten his side of the story from and perhaps didn't even know the word was a racial epithet.
Good point. They are punishing Durant, and but it would seem no suspension. Maybe they think the fact he's injured makes this moot, but they shouldn't. Durant should be getting at least as much as Leonard got.
I do think Myers is without a doubt a racist.
KD however I can’t say for sure that I think he’s homophobic. What he said and how he spoke was homophobic. But a lot of people still speak like that. Call things “gay” to mean bad. “You’re a f word” Etc. That kind of language is usually coming from a 15 year old though. KD definitely lacks some mental development. Maybe he has an issue with gays maybe he’s just a moron. I don’t know for sure.
This kind of talk needs a lot more education around it. It’s kinda ignored but it can really hurt young people struggling with acceptance. Unfortunately a lot of People that have never faced prejudice just say stuff like “ it’s only words toughen up etc” and it’s spilling over to this generation.