Vigorous and vocal homophobia in 2017 is entirely unacceptable. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist, because it most certainly does, but it’s becoming an increasingly stigmatizing belief – so much so that many people who are homophobic are often afraid to even talk about it.
Progress, I guess?
The United States doesn’t have much we can brag about in terms of international leadership right now, but we can say that as a nation, we’ve made it harder and harder to actively or successfully campaign against equal rights for the LGBT community. Celebrities don’t get to perpetrate homophobia here without significant national backlash at the very least.
That’s why our very own John McEnroe decided to deliver a take-down of Australian tennis legend turned Pentecostal pastor, Margaret Court. At the end of May, Court announced that she planned to boycott Qantas Airlines due to their support for same-sex marriage.
“I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same sex marriage,” Court said in the letter published in The West Australian newspaper.
“I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible.
“Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines were possible for my extensive travelling.”
According to the New York Times, Court doubled down on those statements during one of her church services on Sunday.
So, as the self-appointed “Commissioner of Tennis,” McEnroe made a video in which he dresses down Court and her comments – reminding her that she was a star of the sport a very long time ago, and insinuating that her homophobia stems from the fact that she lost the first Battle of the Sexes to Bobby Riggs – only for Billy Jean King beat him soundly in the rematch.
It’s truly epic: