7.01.2011

red sox "it gets better" video


"Once you make it through the hard parts, the rest of life is so much more fantastic than anything you can imagine."

I agree. The hard parts don't go away, but they're the same hard parts everyone goes through, not a punishment inflicted especially on you.

Special cheers to Kevin Youkilis for disclosing that he has had therapy.

I'm very glad to see Tito, Yook and Tek in this video. But I wonder why so few current Sox players are included? I'd be interested in knowing if others were involved, but edited out, or if some chose not to appear.

More about how this video came to be, and other Major League Baseball teams contributing to the It Gets Better project, in my post here.

9 comments:

johngoldfine said...

I don't think it should matter how many on the team appeared--the organization stands behind it; it is a Red Sox PSA, and a good one; everyone on the team is implicitly involved and in agreement, unless they go to the trouble to explicitly out themselves as homophobes and boosters of bullying and harassment.

laura k said...

everyone on the team is implicitly involved and in agreement, unless they go to the trouble to explicitly out themselves as homophobes and boosters of bullying and harassment.

I appreciate your generous take, John, but I think the evidence stands against it. Homophobia is the default setting in male team sports. You don't have to delcare yourself a homophobe: you have to declare yourself accepting.

The Sox organization's official endorsement of this project is excellent, but there's no reason to believe it implies the involvement and/or agreement of any players.

I'm not assuming players didn't want to be involved, but I'm certainly not assuming any endorsements we don't see.

allan said...

everyone on the team is implicitly involved and in agreement

While the video is from "the Red Sox", everyone on the team/organization is "involved" to the same extent I am "involved" in any charity decision or donation made by the law firm where I work.

And I can just about guarantee that all 25 players currently on the roster are not in agreement on this issue. (25 people in any workplace are probably not going to agree 100% on any social or political opinion.)

And although the Red Sox front office agreed to do this, the vote (Board of Dirtectors?) may not have been unanimous.

Of course, none of the players will come out and say "bullying is good" or that some teenagers should be harrassed to the point of suicide, but that is not the same as agreeing with the words spoken in the video.

johngoldfine said...

I certainly agree that humanity is crooked timber indeed, and that the Red Sox team probably has now or has had recently its closeted gays afraid to come out and also its not-so-closeted gay-haters who view the ad with silent contempt.

But when the team produces something like this, whatever individuals on the team may think, their institutional selves to some extent are enlisted in support, whether they like it or not. The players are inescapably the public face of the team.

laura k said...

their institutional selves to some extent are enlisted in support, whether they like it or not.

I have a feeling many players would disagree.

johngoldfine said...

This makes my point--by analogy-- better than I can:

Troops commanded by officers who cared nothing about black people...proved as destructive to slavery as those led by advocates of emancipation. No matter how prejudiced their own attitudes, Union soldiers functioned as cogs in a...mechanism that inexorably ground down slavery.

--Gary Gallagher, 'The Union at War'

laura k said...

Thanks, John. In that sense, yes, it doesn't matter who appeared in the vid, it's just important that it was produced and released. However, that doesn't touch on the issues that I raise here, which still matter to me - and in my opinion, still matter generally.

johngoldfine said...

http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/07/another-coup-for-equality.html#more

Sports figure, no hedge or ambiguity--

laura k said...

Wow, terrific. Thanks, John.