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Roddy White’s anti-gay tweets create a stir

Roddy White sent an insincere apology note on Twitter Thursday after causing a stir with some anti-gay tweets earlier in the day. The Falcons receiver was responding to a fan’s question over Twitter when he made his anti-gay remark.

White was asked “You would rather lead the league in stats than win a Super Bowl?” and responded “Would u rather be gay or straight come on u know that answer?”

The anti-gay response from White was unprompted. It seemed like he began hearing criticism immediately because he sent a few follow-up comments to defend himself.

“Freedom of speech. I don’t care how much money I make. I should be held to my own standards and not the standards of other opinion. #period” he wrote. “Every time somebody says the word gay u want to get your panties in a bunch relax #whyusoemotional.”

Later on Thursday, White felt pressured enough to send this pathetic apology note, which was then negated by more anti-gay comments less than 30 minutes later. See the tweets below:

White is known for being an outspoken athlete, and this isn’t the first time something he’s said on Twitter got him into trouble. Nobody is limiting his freedom of speech, but if he says bigoted things, he’s going to be called out for it.

Since he doesn’t seem to think there was anything wrong with what he said, maybe someone should tell him to replace his line with “Would you rather be black or white?” and then maybe he would understand why his words are hurtful. Someone should also tell him there have been rumors that one of his teammates is gay and then ask him what he thinks.

Sheesh, after reading things like this, it’s no wonder so many athletes have P.R. people running their Twitter accounts to keep them from saying such awful things.

Below are White’s original tweets as captured by WSBTV:

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  • Sherrod McClease

    Non-issue.

  • http://twitter.com/felixreggienald Felix Reginald

    who cares. people are so sensitive these days…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4O4PYSB2SN3Q2S57GC46U7T7HQ J

    Dumb comparison about replacing the line with “Would you rather be black or white?”. Sexual preference is a choice; race isn’t. 

  • Anonymous

    Sexual preference isn’t a choice, J.  Unless you think gay people like being discriminated against socially, economically, etc.

  • Anonymous

    WRONG!!!  Sexual preference IS DEFINITELY A CHOICE…Just like ignorance!!!  You make the final decision on who you are going to be with. 

  • Anonymous

    Yelling doesn’t make you right, nor does committing logical fallacy like allusion to a disconnected analogy. 

    The fact that a lot of gay people will tell you they knew they were gay at 8, 10, 12 years old I would think would make the truth clear.  Or that no one would want to subject themselves to the level of bigotry and restricted rights by being gay would make that clear.  Or that homosexuality is recurrent throughout nature and through history would also make that clear.But whatever. If you need to yell at other people to make yourself feel less ignorant, knock yourself out.

  • globlspk

    The fact that for years homosexual people are able to “hid” the fact that they are homosexual puts them in a totally different class from racial discrimination. in addition, it would be interesting to see the stats on how many people “changed their mind” about being gay later in life. It seems to allude to idea that homosexuals do choose to be gay. It seems that there seems to be a lot of inconsistency even among homosexuals who don’t really know why they are gay. Some seem to treat it as a fad. It seems as if we’re creating a “protected class” based on sexual preference that can change their mind whenever it suits them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.dooley2 Lee Dooley

    Ok, quick question. Yes this is coming from a gay male. Why do people assume it is a choice to be gay? I was born gay, period! If you have some suggestions about how to stop being gay, I am wide open and my question to you would be; how do you stop being straight? You was born straight, do you want to be gay or could you change over to being gay? My point exactly. A straight person would not and could not change sexual orientation just like a gay person would not and could not either. Everyone needs to stop assuming they know how everyone in the world ticks and get to know the people you are assuming should be a certain way. 

  • slh2

    To offer another perspective, an opinion (which is is all any of us can offer, due to lack of biological proof on the subject), I think it would help if people would stop trying to categorize every individual into one thing or the opposing thing. In my opinion, sexual orientation is not a choice, but you can choose to honor who you are attracted to through action, or choose not to. One chooses to be with the sex that they are attracted to if it makes them happy to do so. In this case, if one is attracted to the same sex, they might be unhappy “choosing” to be with the opposite sex. Therefore if they want to be happy, they have no choice but to see people of their own sex. On the other hand, and I think this illudes to what globlspk was suggesting when referring to homosexuals “hiding” or “changing their minds,” the way the world is today in acceptance toward homosexuality, many people that are attracted to the same sex feel that they would be happier going against what they are attracted to in order to be accepted. Some people can do this. I believe that is all relevant to what you consider more important for your own happiness. For instance, any straight person could “choose” to be with someone their own sex, but they wouldn’t be happy sexually. And since there is no social pressure to do so, straight people don’t need to “change their mind” about their sexuality. I realize this is only one possible reason for the fluxuation of sexual orientation throughout one’s life, but it suggests something other than a night and day mindset. I regaurds to the “Would you rather be black or white?” comparison, yes globlsck, race is in an entirely different class than sexual orientation, but what the comment was getting at is that Roddy White cannot choose to be black or white, he was born black, just like gay people are born to be attracted to the same sex whether they choose to act on it or not.

  • slh2

    To offer another perspective, an opinion (which is is all any of us can offer, due to lack of biological proof on the subject), I think it would help if people would stop trying to categorize every individual into one thing or the opposing thing. In my opinion, sexual orientation is not a choice, but you can choose to honor who you are attracted to through action, or choose not to. One chooses to be with the sex that they are attracted to if it makes them happy to do so. In this case, if one is attracted to the same sex, they might be unhappy “choosing” to be with the opposite sex. Therefore if they want to be happy, they have no choice but to see people of their own sex. On the other hand, and I think this illudes to what globlspk was suggesting when referring to homosexuals “hiding” or “changing their minds,” the way the world is today in acceptance toward homosexuality, many people that are attracted to the same sex feel that they would be happier going against what they are attracted to in order to be accepted. Some people can do this. I believe that it is all relevant to what you consider more important for your own happiness. For instance, any straight person could “choose” to be with someone their own sex, but they wouldn’t be happy sexually. And since there is no social pressure to do so, straight people don’t need to “change their mind” about their sexuality. I realize this is only one possible reason for the fluxuation of sexual orientation throughout one’s life, but it suggests something other than a night and day mindset. In regaurds to the “Would you rather be black or white?” comparison, yes globlsck, race is in an entirely different class than sexual orientation, but what the comment was getting at is that Roddy White cannot choose to be black or white, he was born black, just like gay people are born to be attracted to the same sex whether they choose to act on it or not.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KZZMRV2RVZP4Q2CPTLR6QCOJ5I bookline

    sexual preference isn’t a choice.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KZZMRV2RVZP4Q2CPTLR6QCOJ5I bookline

     total idiot…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KZZMRV2RVZP4Q2CPTLR6QCOJ5I bookline

     how many times can you use the word ‘seem’ in a short paragraph?  You SEEM to think that you are an expert on gay issues.

  • jessie snyder

    okay so to compare the ‘choice’ of being gay to being black or white is not entirely fair because you cannot hide your race. But what about another ‘choice’ like religion.  You cannot tell someone’s religious preference just by looking at them but is that truely a choice.  Should all of the people that have been prosecuted for their religion be told it was their fault because they could of just chosen another god.  Neither one is a choice, it is something that you can hide or pretend to change but that does not make it okay to force someone to do either of those things.  Everyone is different so there are people that change religion with every new pair of shoes but are those people truely exected into each new religion every other week; so don’t compare the few people that treat sexuality like a fad to the rest of a community that is struggling to be accepted.

    And since all of these comments have gotten way off subject…..To the point, if you are going to be paid millions to be in the public eye and be any kind of an entertainer, you have to be the whole package. If you are going to be ignorant and make remarks that are not PC then take the fine, realize you are not going to get paid as much because you are not as marketable.  That is all part of your job.  If you just want to play football join a league that is not on tv, that does not have people buying your jersey and kids trading your card.

  • Dino

    Talk about disconnected analogy, you say gay people don’t choose because they wouldn’t like being discriminated.  What does that have to do with who one chooses to love?  At least be consistent on your own stances.

    I don’t think it’s a choice, but you’re as guilty as the accused.

  • jvill

    It might be because you’re replying to a conversation from 9 months ago, but I have no idea what you’re saying I’m guilty of.

  • Dino

    Well, I paraphrased what you said, and you could easily scroll up roughly 3 inches and read your own quote.   9 months ago, 9 weeks ago, 9 minutes ago, it’s right here on this very page.

    “Sexual preference isn’t a choice, J.  Unless you think gay people like being discriminated against socially, economically, etc.”

  • jvill

    Right, gotta kinda get back into the flow of the conversation, which takes a bit..  It’s work I’m willing to do if there’s some kind of payoff.

    Anyhow, now you’ve quoted me.  OK.  I still no idea what your point is, what I said that was inconsistent, or what hypocrisy I’m guilty of.  And my mind reader is on the fritz.

    (Although it is interesting that you edited your comment after I responded to it and changed the meaning a bit. The first sentence of your unedited post was, “Talk about disconnected analogy, you say gay people don’t choose because they wouldn’t like being discriminated.”  But then I pointed out I didn’t use an analogy.  You added in the “logical fallacies” part to preserve credibility.   That’s cheating, Dino…  Tsk, tsk… Should I now change my argument retroactively?)
    Ironically I think we’re probably on the same side of this issue, but you just seem unhappy with the way I made my argument..

    Oh well.  This is dumb. Have a nice weekend. I’m out. Cheers.

  • Dino

    You got me.  I edited.  Because what I entered first wasn’t what I wanted completely.  So, I changed it.  Weird how that works.  This was fun, I guess.

    And I said from start, that I do agree with you-  I just think it’s weird to say that if someone were to choose to be gay, that they’re also choosing to be discriminated upon, which was your point.  That’s not what they’d be choosing (if it were a choice);  they’d be choosing who they love.  So, when someone says it’s a choice, and you argue back with what you said, well, that’s just a logical fallacy.  They’re choosing who they love.  Nothing else.  Not choosing to be beat up.  Not choosing to be yelled at.  Not choosing to be discriminated.  Not choosing to be called names.  Just choosing who they love (again, if it were a choice).  I just felt your scenario is a bit leading.

  • GaiaLogic

    When did you “choose” to be straight?