OWN to make Michael Sam documentary series
Good grief, all of this fuss over Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on national television after being drafted by the NFL is so over the top.
I mean really, get a life.
I’d much rather see these two guys lock lips than Al Gore’s long smooch with Tipper at the Democratic convention back in 2000.
It’s really all about homophobia plain and simple. If kids were watching he draft then maybe instead of going onto Twitter to register your outrage you can talk to your kids about how some people are gay.
Anyway, I went off on a tangent.
The point of this post was to let you know that Oprah Winfrey’s cable channel is teaming up with Michael Sam to make a documentary series.
‘Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability,’ Sam said in a statement Wednesday. ‘I am determined.’
He added: ‘If seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together.’
The series, which is currently untitled, will be made for the Oprah Winfrey Network by Pilgrim Studios and Amy Rice.
Said Winfrey in a statement: ‘We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever.’
She says the series ‘promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.’
Meanwhile, Sam appeared at a press conference on Tuesday and said he will respond to any detractors with ‘big plays’ on the field.
‘I’m determined to be great, I’m determined to make the team and I have every confidence in myself that I will make this team. So when I do make it, when I put my pads on, if someone wants to say something, then you will see number 96 running down that field and making big plays with his team.’
Sam was told by reporters that a 15 year old boy who had been watching the draft on Saturday with his father, found the courage to come out to his dad in that moment that Sam was drafted.
‘I’m honored that I helped someone to be comfortable with who we are – gave them a little courage to speak to his father,’ Sam said. ‘But right now I’m just looking forward to continue on my dream. And if it inspires other people. Hey, I’m with you. And anyone that’s not okay with that, like I said earlier, if someone disowns you, be part of my family. I’ll welcome you. Ram up!’