Is UFC Fighter's Apology Worse Than 1st Offense?
By Andrew Belonsky
Trying to clean up the mess he made by saying marriage equality leads to bestiality, UFC fighter Josh Thomson yesterday released a statement and alleged apology that may even be a bigger mess than his original remarks.
Originally, Thomson offered this unsolicited, unsavory inquiry about same-sex nuptials on Facebook:
"My next question is, should siblings be allowed to marry siblings? My point is, where do you draw the line? I personally don’t care who you marry, but I also am smart enough to know that it opens a gateway to men/women trying to marry young kids, siblings marrying each other and people having multiple husbands an wives. You have to think all of these things are okay otherwise your stopping them from being happy as well which is hypocrisy. Equality doesn’t stop with gay marriage, it just starts with it.”
Thomson has since removed the post, he says, "out of respect for anyone who may have been offended. It was not my intention to offend or hurt anyone." He also said yesterday, in that same press release, that he isn't against marriage equality. He's just worried about polygamists and pedophiles. From his press release, uncut and unedited:
The statements made by Mr. Thomson were intended to provoke thought on some of the bigger issues that come up when people start to fight not only for equality but for more off-the-wall rights often frowned upon by society.
"I am not against gay rights or gay marriage in anyway," stated Thomson. "My comments were completely taken out of context by some members of the media and I have since removed them out of respect for anyone who may have been offended. It was not my intention to offend or hurt anyone."
With organizations fighting for legalized polygamy and the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) fighting for rights of their own, the line between equality and controversy becomes very thin. Mr. Thomson was merely giving extreme examples of very real movements in our country but he in no way meant to isolate the gay community in a negative manner.
So, in his attempt to iron out his anti-gay troubles, Thomson compares adults who love other adults with a tiny fringe group the vast majority of marriage equality activists have denounced or would denounce. Try again, Thomson. Maybe you'll get it right the third time.