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MSNBC Panel on NFL: ‘Heart of The Homophobia…Is a Hatred of Women’

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | January 5, 2016 | 9:52 AM EST

Discussing reports that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham may have been the target of gay taunts by members of the Carolina Panthers during a Dec. 20, 2015 NFL game, an MSNBC panelist said it’s “not so much about homophobia as it is about hating women.”

“At the heart of the homophobia, especially on the athletic level, is a hatred of women,” Senior Editor Jamil Smith of The New Republic said.

"I would completely agree that we know homophobia is rooted in a hatred of women,” Monica Dennis, a New York Coordinator of Black Lives Matters later added.

“The ways in which in a larger society, the NFL is just a microcosm of what is happening in larger society and yet we just continue to endorse the violence that is sanctioned against our queer folks across the country, trans folks across the country and women and it is all completely intersected and to reward people for it and there’s license to do it in the NFL."

Below is an excerpt from the Jan. 2, 2016 Melissa Harris-Perry program:

Jamil Smith: “I was actually at that game – with the Panthers/Giants game and it’s almost a third play. You saw those two fighting and going after it. Granted, first of all, the refs should have stopped it, number one. But two is the fact that this really has to do with the fact that, you know, this isn’t so much about homophobia as it is about hating women.

“About hating female - quote-unquote female behavior. I was there as a guest of the ‘You Can Play’ team. This is Wade Davis’ group that seeks to eradicate homophobia in sports and, at the heart of the homophobia, especially on an athletic level, is a hatred of women. Or at least it’s toxic, especially toxic black masculinity, which we espouse — we can’t be seen to be looking happy, we can’t smile. We got to look like this. And that’s manhood to us.

“The idea that you see Odell Beckham on Instagram being a carefree black man - is a relief. I think there was an excellent article in Slate that addressed this issue. The fact that Odell Beckham is not engaging at least rhetorically with that homophobia is a relief. But at the same time, I wonder if by his violent reaction he is inviting more attacks.”

NBC Sports Radio Host Jason Page: “In other aspects of the story by the way to- Ron Rivera’s son, Coach of the Panthers, is gay, so his reaction to this, even more so, was somewhat disturbing to me." 

Monica Dennis: "I would completely agree, that we know homophobia is rooted in a hatred of women. The ways in which in a larger society, the NFL is just a microcosm of what is happening in larger society and yet we just continue to endorse the violence that is sanctioned against our queer folks across the country, trans folks across the country and women and it is all completely intersected and to reward people for it and there’s license to do it in the NFL."

Panthers Coach Ron Rivera has denied that Panthers directed gay slurs at Beckham calling it “somebody’s attempt at spin control” following the Giants receiver’s three personal fouls against cornerback Josh Norman. 

 

Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
Eric is the Senior Video Producer for CNSNews.com

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