Chris Kluwe, one of pro-football’s first straight allies in the battle for same-sex marriage, penned an epic rant against a bigoted Maryland lawmaker that went viral last year. Promising that marriage equality would not turn the homophobic legislator into a “lustful cockmonster,” Kluwe has become a hero the the LGBT community and our supporters. That he’s an NFL player is an added benefit, certainly, but Kluwe’s intelligent, fair-minded activism would be effective even without the pro-football pedigree.
Yesterday, Mother Jones profiled the “Vikings’ outspoken punter on brain injuries, creative swearing, and life after football.” And last night, Kluwe appeared on “The Colbert Report” and talked “lustful cockmonster” with Stephen Colbert.
“In a corporate sports world dominated by controversy-averse players giving boilerplate non-answers, Chris Kluwe is a glimmering sparklepony of candor,” Ian Gordon at Mother Jones writes:
Kluwe’s devastating takedown, posted on the Gawker sports blog Deadspin in September, generated 2.3 million pageviews and launched the 31-year-old into a new stratosphere of visibility. So much for the stereotypically lonely kicker: Kluwe now has nearly 150,000 Twitter followers (his handle, @ChrisWarcraft, is a nod to his gaming habit) and was even named Salon‘s Sexiest Man of the Year.
While Kluwe’s marriage diatribe prompted some homophobic trolling, he says the response to it and his other outspoken opinions on climate change, corporate responsibility, and “stupidity in general” has been overwhlemingly positive, even in hostile territory. “We were at Green Bay,” he says, recalling pregame warm-ups in a nearly empty Lambeau Field. “All of a sudden I hear from the stands: ‘Chris Kluwe, I love your politics!’”
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