Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist John “Gonzo” Gonzalez wrote a column today on how Eagles lineman Todd Herremans was duly chastised for tweeting an opinion about a television show.
“So.. caught up on Trueblood last nite,” Herremans wrote on Twitter. “Not a fan of how they get u hooked with the 1st 2 seasons then bring on a barrage of homosexuality.”
Gonzalez caught the comment immediately and took issue with it even faster. He tweeted Herremans asking if he wanted to take it back or apologize.
Herremans responded by tweeting “@gonzophilly I have no issues with homosexuality to each his/her own… Its jus not for me.. #jussaying”
This was not good enough for Gonzalez, who described the opinion as “insulting”. He asked Herremans how a gay Eagles employee might feel about what he wrote.
Herremans response was “@gonzophilly like I said .. To each his/her own”
Of course what happened next was Eagles management got involved and Herremans had to write an apology.
Gonzalez said he wasn’t sure if Herremans was sincere, which is rather flabbergasting to think that someone might actually think it possible he was.
Gonzalez also said he knew members of the Eagles who are gay and thought it a shame that they must remain in the closet because some might not like True Blood.
So let’s summarize: we have a fellow who makes a living expressing his opinion attacking someone else for expressing an opinion, and a rather mild — and in a sane world inconsequential — one at that. Remember, Herremans was not mocking those who like the show nor was he demanding it be removed from HBO he was simply giving an honest opinion as to why he stopped liking it.
And for this an apology was forced.
Here is the definition of bigot: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices. The correct use of the term requires the elements of intolerance, irrationality, and animosity toward those of differing beliefs.
Who is the bigot in this matter? Hint, it is not the one who says “To each his/her own”