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Tim Tebow Will Not Be Participating in an 'It Gets Better' Video

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Without mentioning the campaign by name, the Denver Broncos have responded to a Change.org petition signed by more than 8,000 people asking them to create an 'It Gets Better' video.

...in a statement to The Huffington Post, Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth gave no indication that the team would be participating anytime soon.

"The Denver Broncos are committed to tolerance, acceptance and respect for all in the community," said Smyth. "The National Football League is currently working with USA Network on its 'Characters Unite' campaign combating prejudice and intolerance, and our organization is in full support of that movement to help raise awareness for this very important cause."

The rising popularity of Christian quarterback Tim Tebow, while not given as a reason for the petition campaign, was surely part of its inspiration.

Last year, Tebow produced a Super Bowl ad for anti-gay, anti-choice Evangelical group Focus on the Family, and given the group's anti-LGBT slant, folks have been curious about Tebow's personal views on gay issues, bullying being just one of them.

In June, Tebow's publicist specifically demanded that the topic of same-sex marriage be off-limits in an interview with the Washington Post:

When asked questions he clearly has not been asked before, he ponders and tries to respond as openly and honestly as he can. Only once, when asked about same-sex marriage, did his publicist, on the other end of the phone, protectively jump in to object that that was off message.

I wrote back then:

The article positions Tebow as a good Christian role model. But as one commenter on the WaPo love letter notes, "Until Tim Tebow distances himself from the hatred aimed at millions of Americans (including quite a few gay teens that end up killing themselves), he has no credibility as a role model."

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  1. Who cares. Neither will Democrat Fred Phelps of Westboro cult. I'm not losing any sleep over it.

    Posted by: Alan | Dec 20, 2011 11:30:19 AM


  2. Exactly, Alan. Totally agree. Why would anyone want one from someone like Tebow? He's a Christian fanatic. Why would we expect him to care about gay teens or their persecution any more than members of NOM, AFA, or Westboro Church?

    More than I'd care about him making yet another "It Gets Better Video", I'd rather he work on not being a fanatic who couldn't give to shits about the struggles of LGBT people first.

    Posted by: luminum | Dec 20, 2011 11:33:16 AM


  3. Leave the guy alone, for God's sake (no pun intended). He owes us NOTHING.

    Again, some of you fanatical activists don't get it. There are large swaths of American society where it simply is not safe to come out yet, lest one destroy one's livelihood/career.....and the NFL is among them. Tebow may have gone to a ridiculous extreme to cover up his sexuality--and I personally think that that is what his over-the-top religious displays are designed to do--but unless and until he actively attacks other gay people in some way, he is entitled to his privacy.

    Hell, why are you not harrassing all the supposedly progressive closeted actors in supposedly liberal Hollywood? How about all the closeted and supposedly progressive Democrats in Congress? Because it is OK to live in the closet as long as you are a political liberal?

    It is crap like this that discourages prominent gay people in every field from coming out, which is why just about none of them have. If they don't, they are harrassed in an often venomous way by gay activists....and if they do, they are often hated on out of jealousy by the same activists because they are successful.

    Jeez.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 20, 2011 11:44:47 AM


  4. Role model for whom?

    Posted by: Charley | Dec 20, 2011 11:45:12 AM


  5. Ben Cohen is ten times the "role model" that Tim Tebow is.

    Posted by: kyle michel sullivan | Dec 20, 2011 11:48:11 AM


  6. For the record, Christians are known for their hatred of gay people. Its a tenant of their sickening faith. They want us dead.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Dec 20, 2011 11:58:18 AM


  7. "Ben Cohen is ten times the "role model" that Tim Tebow is."

    Ironically, it is far easier for a married straight athlete like Cohen (or Scott Fujita or Mike Strahan) to advocate for gay causes than it is for a gay athlete who would be taking a huge risk by doing so and risking outing himself in the process.

    The same way it was much easier for white athletes to take a stand against desegregation back in the day, whereas it would have been risky for an African-American athlete to do so because he would have appeared radical and therefore frightening.....and the same way that "divas" and other straight women could be pro-gay for decades, while it would have been too risky for entertainers who were, themselves, gay, to do so.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 20, 2011 11:58:20 AM


  8. This feel like a "non-story." It's not like he came out against the IT GETS BETTER project, so I'm not sure why this is even a post? Dan Savage hasn't done a video about the need for more animal shelters, am I suppose to believe that he hates puppies and kittens? I hope people can stop trying to jump on his bandwagon to further their own agenda.

    Unless it's about football, abortion, or Christianity, don't bother him.

    GO BRONCOS!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Dec 20, 2011 12:00:21 PM


  9. "Ben Cohen is ten times the "role model" that Tim Tebow is"

    Ironically, it is easier for a straight married male athlete like Cohen (or Scott Fujita or Mike Strahan) to be actively pro-gay than it is for a gay male athlete, who would be taking a huge risk by doing so.

    The same way it was easier for white athletes to advocate for civil rights and desegregation back in the day, when it would have been much riskier for an African-American athlete to do so because he would have appeared too "radical" and therefore threatening to a lot of white people.....and the same way, incidentally, that straight women entgertainers were able for decades to be pro-gay publicly without putting their careers at risk while entertainers who were, themselves, gay, could not......and still, by and large don't, as the dearth of Hollywood actors and pop stars continues to demonstrate....

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 20, 2011 12:03:43 PM


  10. I would add, he has no credibility as a follower of Jesus Christ. Which, of course, has very little to do with being a Christian.

    Posted by: rayrayj | Dec 20, 2011 12:05:27 PM


  11. I find it amusing how much hullabaloo there is around this guy. Christians need a symbol, someone to worship, so he is their guy for this year. I wouldn't want to be him. Enough pressure being a quarterback but he carries his mother's "The only reason you are alive is because I didn't abort you" guilt and now all the faithful are projecting their - God loves them and hates others onto him. I bet he just wants to play football.

    Posted by: Joey | Dec 20, 2011 12:06:09 PM


  12. where's YOUR video, RICK?

    how about Closeted guys like YOU?

    How about you simply provide us, RICK, with the link to your own page or youtube video where you show us all what a strong masculine example of a gay male role model you are?

    Seriously. You keep talking about the need for masculine gay role models. This is the part where you provide the URL to show us all how it's done.

    So do it. What are you waiting for? URL, please.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 20, 2011 12:07:06 PM


  13. How asinine can certain Gay people be? If the Pope made an "It Gets Better" video, would we be foolish enough to think he had repented of his Bible bigotry and militant heterosexism? This is not about attacking homophobia or reforming homophobes. It's about raising the profile of Dan Savage's impotent, so-called anti-bullying initiative. Savage's army of simpering sycophants have no shame at all; if they'd pull their heads out of his buttcrack for a minute, maybe they'd see their way clear to more sensible activism! But I'm sure not gonna hold my breath waiting for it.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Dec 20, 2011 12:10:59 PM


  14. Rick, despite what you think...it would make a big statement if he did. It would show that he is truly a good Christian, and cares about people.
    But, I don't think he is and I don't think he thinks for himself anyway...he has been brainwashed into thinking that Christianty is the only religion in the world...but their values do not coincide with the real world...sorry!!
    At least Hollywood makes attempts to educate people and build tolerance...but sports teams have yet to show their alliance with this project...some have, but most have not!! so there!!

    Posted by: tommyboy10 | Dec 20, 2011 12:12:08 PM


  15. everytime i see this guy, i'm reminded of norman bates and his obsession with pleasing his mother.

    Posted by: sleepy bear | Dec 20, 2011 12:12:49 PM


  16. Fine. Then we won't support much less promote the Denver Broncos.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 20, 2011 12:16:22 PM


  17. Everytime I see this guy, I am reminded of the story of not publicizing that you pray or do works of charity, that the prayer and charitable gift mean more when done alone without the crowd/fans watching.

    Posted by: Dale | Dec 20, 2011 12:17:21 PM


  18. Hey Stuffy, the fact that you care more about hating Dan Savage than you do about spreading positive proactive messages to LGBT Youth speaks volumes.

    Seriously. You hate dan savage more than you care about helping youth. this is why you have zero credibility.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 20, 2011 12:19:22 PM


  19. Christ Himself is attributed with insisting that prayer be done in private.

    but we all know Christians don't care about what Christ is supposed to have said during the Sermon on the Mount....for some reason...

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 20, 2011 12:23:45 PM


  20. All I can say, I feel sorry for people who judge others just because they believe differently. Tim Tebow lives his life according to his faith in Jesus Christ! If you are not a believer - you don't understand - but it is my prayer that everyone will come to know Jesus Christ and have a RELATIONSHIP with him. Until then, please leave Tim Tebow alone! But trust me he can handle anything that is thrown at him because of his faith and strength that he receives through and from his belief in Jesus Christ!

    Posted by: Chris Folsom | Dec 20, 2011 12:25:56 PM


  21. Did I miss the memo that declared Tebow gay?

    And actually, the risk taken is also on the part of those advocating for causes for which they don't benefit. An African American would be expected to fight for equality. A white person risked ostracism for betraying his race - for being a ni**er-lover, for giving up power. A straight athlete risks losing his standing, of becoming suspect himself, by supporting gay rights.

    Posted by: TJ | Dec 20, 2011 12:31:03 PM


  22. You gay perverted immoral individuals want everyone to approve and agree with your life style, sorry, but we do not agree, it is our right to remain moral and to live this life as God wants us to live it. Push your gay agenda somewhere else you faggots and leave Tim Tebow alone!!!!

    Posted by: James Bond | Dec 20, 2011 12:32:51 PM


  23. "don't judge him for his beliefs just because they're different from yours! btw, yours are wrong and ours are right. don't judge me for sayign that! those are my beliefs"

    this is why you and your fellow fools aren't respected, Chris.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 20, 2011 12:36:28 PM


  24. TBogg is my go-to for Tebow rants:
    http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/tag/juicebox-jesus/

    Posted by: Butch | Dec 20, 2011 12:37:25 PM


  25. I did not read all the comments, and maybe someone already said it, but personally I do not care for and get why straight people keep making these it gets better videos....

    and for anyone interested, I am gay and did one video with my university (all queer professors did one together)...

    but really, someone like Claire Daines (nothing against her, not even sure she made one, a random name that came to mind) telling me or anyone that it gets better, whatever.... how the hell do they know? when were they a gay kid being bullied in school?

    Posted by: V-8 | Dec 20, 2011 12:39:13 PM


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