One Equal World

Another Reason Magic Johnson Rocks

Posted on: April 4, 2013

Magic Johnson doesn’t need another reason to rock, really. But now he’s given us another one. The Los Angeles Lakers legend isn’t just one of the greatest players in NBA history—he’s also a proud dad of a gay son. Magic’s son, Earvin Johnson III (EJ for short) recently went public with his boyfriend and he’s got the full support of his parents behind him.

 

“Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way,” said Magic. “We’re very proud of him.”

 

In a time when being a member of the LGBT community is becoming more socially acceptable yet parents are still disowning children for being gay, we’re glad that such a huge American icon is choosing to be a leader and role model on the issue. Every parent should have the same response and offer the same support of their children—whether they’re gay, straight, queer, transgendered, or just figuring it out—but unfortunately we know that’s not always the case.

 

It’s not just that Magic is supportive of his son that makes this occurrence newsworthy. It’s the fact that Magic Johnson has long been in the public spotlight and could easily have had a negative or vague response rather than embracing his son. Think Tracy Morgan’s 2011 homophobic comments during a Nashville performance.

 

“Gays need to quit being p—sies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying,” Morgan reportedly said, adding, “Gay is something that kids learn from the media and programming.”

 

Then he went even further, discussing what he would do if his son ever acted gay. He “better talk like a man and not in a gay voice or I’ll pull a knife out and stab that little n—ger to death,” he said.

 

Morgan then said, “I don’t f-cking care if I piss off some gays, because if they can take a f-cking d-ck up their ass… they can take a f-cking joke.” Unfortunately for Morgan, he did piss off “some gays” and the rant has plagued him and his career ever since.

 

So the fact that Magic Johnson has openly embraced his son just as he is stands to be recognized. That’s the kind of acceptance and love every kid deserves from their parents. So let’s keep raising up those who demonstrate it.

 

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