Of course we think that straight and gay people should be allowed to play in the NFL or any other professional sport organization for that matter. The two really don’t have anything to do with one another and a person’s sexual preference doesn’t make them a better or worse athlete. The issue we have is with ESPN choosing to air two people majorly making out and eating cake off each other during prime time when millions of kids are watching the draft with their parents. We don’t want our young kids watching guys or girls for that matter making out. Again we stress that we completely support same sex relationships, marriages, etc but come on, we are talking about football and kids and there is really no place for sex there.
The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) puts restrictions on the movies that children are allowed to watch so they are not exposed to mature themes prematurely. We think that sports networks need to implement the same requirements when deciding what to air knowing that children are avid followers of pro sports. To add insult to injury, ESPN replayed the kissing scene and cake scene over and over again. This left millions of parents having conversations with their young kids that they were not prepared to do when choosing to watch the NFL draft. It became pretty obvious, the third time ESPN showed the cake and kissing scene that they were doing it for ratings, to be cutting edge and to make television history.
We are just as happy for Michael Sam as we are for all of the drafted players. So once again we state that this is not about being against gays in the NFL. It is about ESPN exposing kids to behavior that is not yet age appropriate. It is up to the individual parents to decide when it is time to have the “sex” talk with their children. It is not for ESPN to decide when that time is. Especially if they are going to choose that during a football draft is the appropriate time to feature men or women engaging in intimate acts. A hug or a peck on the cheek is one thing but making out and eating cake off one another is a whole different ballgame. Having it replayed 3 times is just a ploy for ratings without taking into consideration the innocent kids watching. Shame on you ESPN!
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