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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!’

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  1. May 15th, 2014 at 8:38 pm
    Cool Curt says:

    It would have been cooler if Michael would have grabbed some random guy and just start making out with him. For some unapparent reason, there is this stigma attached to gay men that most, if not all of us are ‘wild and loose’. Here is a guy in a committed relationship and celebrating not only the best day in his life but he was literally changing history as all of us know it. I was someone who loved playing sports and wasn’t too big on watching them on TV but love going to games. However growing up, I was shunned about my ‘alleged’ sexual preference and the sad part is I didn’t quite yet come out but I was pretty much not welcomed to even try out for several teams. Of course, it was heartbreaking at first but that lead me into chorus, musicals and any creative thing I could have done. It was a loss for the teams because regardless of what they thought, I was a fairly decent athlete. However, I became and even better chorus-boy. It wasn’t just my peers but even the coaches had a bit of a role in shutting the alleged gay kid down. I remember Cher once was talking about herself going from big music star to TV and movies and at a screening her her name flashed on the screen and everyone laughed. This wasn’t a comedy they were watching (screening) but I think it was ‘Silkwood’, with legendary actress, Meryl Streep. Got to say that I loved the movie and both Mery and Cher were amazing. The point is Cher was pretty hurt how people saw her name and just start cracking up and I always remember that interview with her and you could see the hurt in her face. Of course when she won an Oscar for ‘Moonstruck’, she shut people’s opinions down and hushed up all the nay-sayers about her talent. I do remember thinking after watching Cher talk about how uncomfortable it was but she said: “What is it about me that people find so funny?” I remember a close friend of mine went to the try-outs for basketball, which I played religiously at my local Olivets Boys and Girls club daily. I wasn’t ready for the NBA in junior high but I was decent but I wasn’t even giving a fair shot. My friend told me that they mentioned my name and everyone, including the coaches laughed like they were at a roast or a comedy club. I was the kid everyone thought was gay and of course they were right but I wasn’t giving any kind of fair shot. Now kids whether they are gay or straight, rich or poor but if they are kids like myself, a bit different, a bit more awkward then most at that awkward age, they get the opportunity to finally have someone who is brave, proud and out to look up to. In the world of sports there are way too many guys and girls pretending to be something they are totally not. We all understand that no one wants to lose a pending endorsments or sit on the bench or not draw a big crowd because of what they are or what they believe. How many athletes before Michael have come and gone with secrets or fully knowing they were a major part of the LGTB community but hiding? That kind of attitude has plagued professional sports for some time and that has trickled down in our society because whoever is in the public eye has a great deal of influence on the impressionable kids and even adults. Just imagine if Michael Jordan was gay in the height of his career, how insane would it have been? Now it’s alleged his daughter is a part of the LGTB community and has nothing to do with her father’s talent but I always wondered if someone like a Jordan or maybe a super-hottie, Chase U. (my future husband) would be gay or even alleged to gay, how would that affect the fans? Well we all know that thanks to Michael Sam, it’s OK to have a twinkle or spark in your eyes while attempting to score a goal or dunk a ball. I can’t get over how hot he is and his beautiful athletic boyfriend, a swimmer and they met in college, which rocks.

  2. May 16th, 2014 at 9:06 am
    K. Martinez says:

    Michael Sam needs to focus on the sport. Now it’s just becoming a media circus. Too bad.

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