NFL Punter Chris Kluwe Fights for Gay Rights, Looks Great Without His Shirt On
Not to take anything away from NFL punter Chris Kluwe’s outspoken stance for gay rights, but let’s just mention the obvious: he looks splendid without his shirt on. I just had to say my piece. We were all thinking it.
Chris Kluwe sent the internet abuzz after his September letter to Maryland politician Emmett C. Burns, Jr. Kluwe penned a scathing rebuke of the politician’s recommendation that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti should “inhibit” his players from expressing their political beliefs. Burns suggestions came after Raven’s linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo publicly expressed his support for gay marriage.
The Letter Heard Around the Interweb
Kluwe, who is straight and married, strongly expressed his disdain for the politician’s viewpoints. He combined some choice words for the letter, which you can read here. Let’s just say he went into the thesaurus, picked out some words, and added his own twist to everyday adjectives. The result: a brilliantly scathing, ballsy, and passionate letter.
The Vikings punter is someone who “relishe[s] breaking the stereotype of the dumb jock athlete,” and it shows in this famed letter. Note to Kluwe: We, here at Twirlit, like to put a spin on our stories so if your gay advocacy is paired with your rock-hard abs, don’t get upset and send us a letter. (For offended male readers, we can re-direct you to Reddit’s CreepShots.)
Debating an Empty Chair–Clint Eastwood style
NFL players who stand up for gay rights is something that should be applauded, especially when it’s done with such wit and passion. I was reading a list of 9 Careers Where It’s Still Not Okay to Be Gay, and NFL player was #3. Out of the list, four of the careers are sports related. It’s just refreshing, is all—no matter how Kluwe’s use of “lustful c***monster” makes me wince. (My ladylike sensibilites—gah!)
To further show his support for gay rights, Kluwe graces the cover of the gay lifestyle magazine Out, which once again brings us back to his shirtlessness (which we’re not complaining about). He’s also scheduled a debate between himself and amendment supporters Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Viking Matt Birk. Unfortunately, his offers have gone unanswered so in all likelihood, he will have to pull a Clint Eastwood.
The debate is pegged for Oct. 19 at the Brave New Workshop Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’ll be moderated by radio personality Tom Barnard. Although, the event is open to the public, you can make reservations on Barnard’s Facebook page.
Kluwe may feel like he’s talking to a brick wall, or in this case, two empty chairs. Word still out if he’ll have his shirt on.