Thursday, June 02, 2005

Gays and Ball Games



I'm not sure but it seems to me as if Elton John's song Something about the Way You Look Tonight was written with reference to a woman! So what's a gay guy doing singing love songs to women? It would be like Enrique crooning about his love for a guy! Nasty thought, isn't it?

Remember recently when Elton John and his boyfriend decided to get married? One newspaper article had the following title - "Elton John to Marry 11 Year Old Boyfriend!" Now that was actually supposed to mean 'boyfriend of 11 years'! But when I read it I thought to myself, "Oh God! Here's another Michael Jackson!"

I don't see why there has to be so much discrimination against gays and lesbians in the world today? How can some people say it's not natural? Who decides what's natural? We may have come a long way with many states now permitting same sex marriages by law, but I feel we have a long way more to go. Especially in this country.

Am I gay? No, I'm not. But I still believe in standing up for their rights. Not their rights exactly. Just equal rights for everyone. I hope for the day when being gay is as little of a hassle as being straight. When a kid can go up to his/her parents and tell them that he/she is homosexual without any fear or hesitation. When people stop caring whether you're gay or straight; you're just a person.



The Phoenix Suns lost the Western Conference Finals to the San Antonio Spurs today. I cheered for the Suns throughout the series. But the question is - when you support a team, are you cheering for the players or the team or both? I mean if you are a Manchester United fan (this would have to be a hypothetical situation, since there aren't any!), then are you actually a fan of the club or just the players playing for the club? So if all or most or even just some of the main Manchester United players were to shift base to another particular club would you then continue to support MU? Or would you switch to the new team? Or some other third team?

I've had quite a few different favorite NBA teams. First it was Jordan's all-conquering Bulls of the 90's! Then when Jordan returned to play for the Wizards, I did support the team (the Wizards) a little. Just because Jordan was there. But my favorite team was the Kings! I still remember the Conference Finals they had with the Lakers when the Lakers won the second Championship of the 3-peat! What a series!

Last couple of seasons I had supported the Mavericks. This post-season too I was rooting for them. But after the Mavs lost out to the Suns in the last round, that was down the drain. The only reason I decided to support the Suns over the Spurs in these Finals was because they had Steve Nash, who used to be one of my favorite guys when he was with the Mavs! And besides I've never really liked the Spurs.

So now that the Spurs are in the NBA Finals I don't really have a team to root for. Don't care much for either the Heat or the Pistons, although I care a little less for the Pistons. So whoever reaches the Finals from the East, I guess I'll just end up watching the basketball for once and not yelling my throat hoarse.

I guess ultimately in my case, when I cheer for a team I'm cheering more for the players of that team than for the franchise itself. Although there is a slight mix of both.


5 comments:

Varun said...

I think the "gay" thing being correct or wrong is decided more by the government rathar than humans! People abroad actually dont have a problem with people being gay/lesbian. But in India its the "moral police" who think its wrong. I dont get the point, what problem do they have if people are gay??

arnold said...

Varun - That's the point is was trying to make... it's totally an individual's choice... and no one else should have any say in the matter... same goes for things like smoking.. etc.. if someone wants to smoke no should be able to stop him!

Jormund Elver said...

actually enrique singing song to a guy would be quite in character

arnold said...

jormund - haha! not quite an enrique fan are you?? i'm not either... there's something abt the guy tht i just dont like...

chetan said...

he himself looks so metrosexually gay...
thats wot u wanted to say but din want to hurt female bloggers dont ya!! ;)