The latest entry in an annual ritual.
This is a delight. Odell Beckham Jr. ignores the haters.
My year-in-review column went online today at the Blade. My summary blurb is "Historic progress met the usual backlash." Here's an excerpt:
"Set the motherfucker on fire!" That recent call by a Donald Trump rally goer concerning a black protester, with another attendee yelling "Sieg heil," illustrates the viciousness fueling Trump's presidential campaign. If you take this lightly, Google "lynching." It is not just that what happened in Europe in the last century could happen here; what happened here could happen again. Trump's incitements, and those of his rivals, do not just pander to intolerance, they spray gasoline on the fire.
Hate-spewing demagogues were not the year's only newsmakers, but they produced its most dangerous legacy. The demons they unleashed cannot easily be tamed. But the haters cannot win the general election unless the rest of us allow it. Before we head back into battle, let us review some positive developments of 2015, though with cautionary notes.
The landmark victory for nationwide marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges, which President Obama celebrated by lighting the White House north front in rainbow colors, inspired opponents to switch tactics by pushing "religious freedom" laws (better dubbed "religious supremacy") to continue their anti-gay attacks. The Equality Act represented a new approach to LGBT anti-discrimination legislation, but stood no chance in a Republican-controlled Congress. Openly gay Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and several colleagues launched the smart, well-designed Campaign Zero policy website.
Forget about whether Odell Beckham, Jr. is gay. Sometimes a guy's gotta dance. This will make you smile. Below, more on the current obsession over whether Odell is gay.
Excellent commentary by J. Bryan Lowder at Slate on the problem with the gaffe-prone Caitlyn Jenner.
Kareem is right. When 70 percent of the population identifies as Christian, it's hard to make the case that there's a war on Christianity just because a few fanatics are blocked from using the civil law to discriminate against those who don't agree with them.
Goodness. (Not referring to the fall.)
Devon Still of the Bengals and his daughter Leah, who is battling cancer, were honored last night at the ESPYs.
Gay Star News @gaystarnews 8 hours ago
The first thing Abby Wambach did after winning the World Cup was to kiss her wife http://bit.ly/1ex9Oge
The legendary Telemundo announcer gives the definitive call of Carly Lloyd's goal scored from the midfield line in yesterday's World Cup final against Japan.
The highlights reel from Sunday's game 5 shows an extraordinary level of play in the NBA finals as the Warriors take the lead over the Cavs, 3 games to 2. Steph Curry shows why he is the league's MVP as he displays his magical ball-handling skills in this thrilling matchup with the magnificent LeBron James. Crucially, however, Curry receives strong support from his teammates, which he needs as the Cavs show their grit with ferocious play despite the absence of injured all-stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. This is championship play at its best.
Two-year-old Riley Curry is rivaling her MVP dad for watchability. She is also rivaling Marshawn Lynch in postgame press conference antics. The question is, who is going to play her--Key or Peele? I suppose some sports reporters are annoyed by Steph bringing her with him, but she creates a lot more viewer interest. And I'm sure that annoys them more, bringing a bunch of giggling tourists into their hallowed athletic precincts. I think it's a brilliant move on Steph's part.
Who knows what'll happen from here on out, but this guy is spectacular. His behind-the-back moves will make you grin.