In this Brave New World all lifestyles are equal, but some are more equal than others. And some dare not speak their name, even on Twitter
This week, the Miami Dolphins fined a player for tweeting "OMG" and "horrible" after Michael Sam celebrated his 7th round draft pick by emotionally kissing his boyfriend on national television. I was reminded of what Daniel Henninger wrote just days earler.
All of a sudden, the left has hit ramming speed across a broad swath of American life—in the universities, in politics and in government. People fingered as out of line with the far left's increasingly bizarre claims are being hit and hit hard.
The examples are legion. In November, New York’s police commissioner was blocked from speaking at Brown university; this month, protests led Condoleezza Rice to withdraw from a commencement address at Rutgers University; Azusa Pacific University disinvited scholar Charles Murray; Brandeis rescinded an invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali for making critical comments about Islam, and Mozilla’s CEO was forced out because he had contributed $1,000 to a proposition opposed to legalizing gay marriage.
Now the NFL is fining players for one word tweets.
The latest episode was sparked by this scene on national television:
Now we know that the only acceptable reaction to this man-on-man lip lock was celebration or silence. Or perhaps gratitude that the display of affection was not more graphic.
Dissent or objection was, apparently, not permitted. But the Dolphins’ Don Jones had not gotten the memo. He tweeted out a single word: "horrible."
To be sure, Sam’s reaction was spontaneous, emotional and probably quite genuine. But here’s the thing: so was Jones’s. One was acceptable and celebrated. The other was not.