Twidiot Rebuttal: The Jason Collins-Tim Tebow Comparison

There are lots of idiots on the internet, and especially on Twitter. If you do a search for any derogatory term, you’re bound to find thousands of people with public accounts spewing hatred with their own photo right next to their own damning words.

It’s impossible to argue with these Twidiots, but sometimes they can provide us with a good topic for discussion, even if there is zero chance of them reading this.

I’ve seen the following comment several times on Twitter in recent weeks:

“Jason Collins comes out as gay and he is celebrated, Tebow comes out as Christian and is vilified,” tweeted Bella Pelosi (There are hundreds of comments like that, Bella’s was just the first I found for this post).

Ignoring the obvious mischaracterization of being a devout Christian as “coming out as Christian,” let’s delve deeper into why this is such a ridiculous comparison.

The real issue here is the persecution complex that Christians seem to have whenever someone “vilifies” Tebow for his religion. Nobody dislikes Tim Tebow for being a Christian. What turns some people off is the fact that he has to openly display his religious beliefs after every big play on the field.

And these people think Jason Collins is shoving his sexuality down our throats? Assuming Collins finds a team next year, I doubt he’ll make a rainbow with his hands after every basket. Yet, Tebow kneels down and prays in the middle of the game.

Now, I’ve never openly criticized Tebow for doing that. If he wants to do that, go ahead. If he is proud of his faith, flaunt it. I, personally, think he goes a bit overboard, but I’m in no position to judge him based on that. I can’t denounce people for expressing their faith. Good for them for having a faith.

But when he openly denounces my community and refuses to tell gay teens that “it gets better,” that’s where I have the grounds to judge him as a person. Go ahead and be anti-gay, but I’m not going to like you. If that’s “vilifying,” then so be it.

Jason Collins came out as gay after hiding it for 33 years. Tebow never had to suppress his lifestyle to be accepted by others. It’s a ridiculously unfair comparison.

Jason Collins should be celebrated. He’s the first person to muster up the courage to tell the truth. How dare they compare that to expressing your religious beliefs? Coming out was the hardest thing I ever had to do. And now you’re trying to tell me it’s like being a Christian on the football field!?

Those two things are incomparable. The only similarities between Collins and Tebow are that they are both marginally talented athletes currently searching for teams. The comparisons end there.

I hope there is a day where we don’t see a national celebration when a player comes out of the closet. But we are not there yet. Right now, this is big news. It must be celebrated now to show people that it does, in fact, “get better.”

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One Response to Twidiot Rebuttal: The Jason Collins-Tim Tebow Comparison

  1. T says:

    This “Tim Tebow is vilified” thing bothers me too, but for me it’s not because he flaunts it or won’t do an “It Gets Better” video. Those tweets bother me for the same reason the following tweets have bothered me:

    -If Griner’s allowed to play in the NBA then they should let [insert male’s name] play in the WNBA.
    -Jason Collins came out as gay? You didn’t see me coming out as straight.
    -White people are actually discriminated against now because of affirmative action.

    It goes back to privilege vs. persecution, and we’ve seen people in privileged situations complain about celebrating those who have been persecuted time after time. I think everybody should be celebrated when they do something well, I do, and I agree that someday we hopefully get to a point where groups of people are less and less marginalized, but for now they still are. Women are still called sluts in an attempt to put them in their place. You can still find communities, even in the Midwest, where the N word is spray painted onto a black family’s home in a mostly white community. People still say ‘no homo’ without even thinking about the marginalization it infers.

    I personally don’t think that Tim Tebow should be vilified for being proud to be a Christian. He’s not the only proud Christian in the NFL. I think he should be vilified for beating the Steelers on a lucky play two years ago in the playoffs. I think he should be vilified for being associated with that Gator Chomp cheer, but I don’t think the real issue is with him being vilified for being a Christian. For Tim Tebow’s part, although he’s been ignorant with some of his associations at times, I don’t actually think I can point to a moment of blatant discrimination towards anybody. I just think the Tim Tebow vilified as a Christian rant is an excuse to make a different point.

    I think the real issue is that the majority still struggles with seeing the minority celebrated. They want celebrated even more, despite the fact that living in America tends to be a celebration of the majority 80% of the time. There will always be an example they can use…almost always amounting to the straight white Christian male being ignored or demeaned in some way.

    I don’t think this was ever an issue about Tim Tebow. It’s about people having an issue with Jason Collins, and using Tim Tebow as a shield. Everybody should just acknowledge how difficult it is to be a minority, not only in this country, but in this world, and try to help curb that. We should all strive towards looking increasing equality so this “reverse discrimination” doesn’t need to happen anymore.

    Now I will say it would be pretty funny/awesome if Jason Collins made a rainbow with his hands after a free throw make. .

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