frogman89 saidIt annoys me that outings are such a big deal. It should be a normal thing. But it will not appear to be normal if news papers keep sensationalizing it. It's ironic.
What is ironic is the big deal that people make about how it shouldn't be a big deal when a star comes out.
I think people are also misreading what is happening here. Thorpe disclosed his sexuality in an interview after years of denying it to the public. It's not as if it was dug up by some paparazzi photographer to expose to the world. He knew it would be on the record, and he knew that it would be the biggest takeaway from his interview. It's not sensational to say that someone who has previously denied his sexuality is now saying he's gay (or "not straight", however he did it).
So is this a big deal and worthy of media coverage? Well watch how people react and you tell me.
- Often a number of people will extend their congratulations
- Then you will have another group of people saying they knew it all along
- Then you have the people who are uncomfortable with LGBT people to the point that they will no longer support the person who came out (it's funny when this happens to child stars because a common saying is that they've ruined their childhood)
- Then you have the people who say things along the lines of "So what? Why does who they sleep with matter? They should just keep that to themselves! F**k you [news media name]"
It seems everyone has something to say when someone comes out. It generates activity and engagement with a news organization's social media. People may say that this is turning people off from paying attention to the news, but their analytic report will show otherwise.
Lastly, if you're a young athlete fearing how your family, coach, teammates and the world will treat you, it makes a hell of a difference to know that not only is being gay not a limiting aspect of your personality, but that there are gay people who have won Olympic Medals.
I think anyone who has had this experience should be a bit less insensitive, but it seems that it's quite easy for people to forget how it used to feel.