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Two San Francisco 49ers: We Don’t Want Gay Kids To Think ‘It Gets Better’

by David Badash on January 31, 2013

in News,Sports

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Two San Francisco 49ers (that’s San Francisco — one of the gayest cities in the world) are claiming they did not appear in an “It Gets Better” anti-gay bullying video. To add to the ridiculousness of their claims, their teammate, Chris Culliver, was forced to apologize last night for anti-gay comments he made this week, and their former teammate, Kwame Harris, was arrested on charges of assaulting his ex-boyfriend.

UPDATE: Dan Savage: ‘We’ve Removed The 49ers It Gets Better Video’

“49ers’ linebacker Ahmad Brooks and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, both of whom participated in the team’s widely-praised “It Gets Better” video last summer, have denied ever producing the clip,” the Huffington Post reports:

The players told USA Today Sports that they didn’t realize the video’s aim was to specifically combat bullying experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens.

“This is America and if someone wants to be gay, they can be gay,” Brooks told the publication. “But I didn’t make any video.” Later, after he was reportedly shown the video on an iPhone, the player clarified, “Oh, that. It was an anti-bullying video, not a gay [rights] video.”

Even more curiously, Sopoaga also denied taking part in the clip, even as a teammate reportedly tried to jog his memory. “I never went,” he declared. “And now someone is using my name.”

And, face.


This is extremely offensive.

In essence, these two extremely well-compensated NFL professionals are saying, “We didn’t know what we were recording was to help gay kids — we don’t want to do that.”

What kind of a message does that send?

Memo to 49ers PR department: Don’t even try to issue an “apology” or retraction from Ahmad Brooks and Isaac Sopoaga — we’re not buying it. Ever.

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VAHockeydude January 31, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Actually, I think they are correct. It is obvious that a lot of these "It's Get Better" sports team videos were made without telling the athletes this was about gay rights or gay kids. Apparently, they told the athletes they were doing a generic anti-bullying video for kids in general. Notice, that a lot the videos involving athletes do not any reference gay or bisexual issues. That should tell you that the athletes were often not aware it has anything to do with gay issues. Perhaps, they will be more upfront about it being a gay cause in the future.

Scott_Rose January 31, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Click play on the above video. Starting at about the 16 second point., a player says "The San Francisco 49s are proud to join, to let all LGBT teens know that it gets better."

CatalinaAmanigh January 31, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Whether they knew or not (which, by the way, they DID) it doesn't take away from them being total asshats.

Coxhere February 1, 2013 at 7:08 am

The 49ers thought that LGBT stands for "Learning Green Bay Tactics." They thought they were supporting a video for teen athletes. And as we all know, it's the teen athletes who are being bullied by the nerds.

Citizen Observer January 31, 2013 at 9:26 pm

You might want to buy a landing pad for when you stop jumping to conclusions.
Clearly, Ahmadimenijad and SoPooky didn't expect to be thrust in the limelight and their latent homosexuality is obviously bothering them right now.

blaqcobra January 31, 2013 at 9:44 pm

They were filmed in front of the same background as all others! ….duhh!! One guy actually mentioned LBGT!! So how the hell can you say they did not know?? Besides has any of them sued the filmmaker for misrepresentation??

dakotahgeo January 31, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I can't imagine anything more disgusting than panzy assed macho freaks admitting, denying, admitting, denying that they did something positive for society and then trying to deny it. Grow some balls, boys, instead of mistletoe buds and keep yer frickin' mouths SHUT before engaging what you call a brain. Scheeesch!!!

Robroberts2013 January 31, 2013 at 10:41 pm

For supposedly "macho" football players these boys sure are a couple of pansies. Pathetic.

tedfaigle February 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

Fuck you both.

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