I interpret Ken's argument as being:
- Martin is surprisingly sensitive to the slights that occur in a locker room.
The use of sensitive in this context is just what I meant. Why would you attach gay to sensitive unless you are throwing every gay under an umbrella. (That is my main objection here, that something can be explained by being gay, as if there are attitudes, characteristics, mentalities etc that 'all gays have')
[*]In particular, the examples he's giving aren't as bad as he's suggesting they are.
Hell he hasn't even given examples, and you seem to be drawing the line between disgusting and funny as if it were obvious.
There is nothing at all to evidence a secret is being hidden.The explanation is that in addition to all known factors, he's also subject to bigotry against a secret that he's hiding.
Come on. Its clear that the stereotypical gay guy who easily have his feelings hurt, throw a 'hissy fit' quit and go hide in a hospital when the big mean football player called him a name.
Lets not pretend there was something else behind the 'suspision'
Why?The obvious candidate for that secret is him being gay.
Couldnt the 'secret', if you require one for some unknown reason, be:
-He doesn't like football
-He was embarrassed that he found his teammates intimidating
-He harbors issues with being half black and half white and not fitting in with either group on the team
-He blew his money gambling and is broke
-He has a drinking problem
-His girlfriend dumped him
-He doesn't like living in Miami and is homesick
or any other number of things.
Do we really need to feed a stereotype?
If that wasn't the point of the leap, why make the leap? As I said there are other possibliities that don't require a stereotype.There are some leaps in that, but I don't think it equates to "gays are soft".
How would you know whether he has visible girlfriends?I'd further comment by saying:
1. It's OK in California to have what many would interpret as a gay-seeming demeanor, so Californians are probably more likely to be MISIDENTIFIED as gay than guys from many other places. (Happened to me, actually, I learned years after the fact, during a period of my life when those who knew me more closely thought I was overdoing the heterosexual activity ...)
2. Martin doesn't seem to have much in the way of visible girlfriends.
As far as #1, HUH?