The question of whether to legalize the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) in the Empire State was answered yesterday by the New York State Assembly, which voted to overturn a ban on the sport that had been enacted in 1997.
Understandably, there were those who opposed lifting the ban, primarily because of the widely held view that MMA — in which anything goes — is too violent. But one member of the legislature had a different objection: namely that the matches amount to nothing more than “gay porn.”
The dissenting voice belonged to Daniel O’Donnell, a Democrat state representing Manhattan and brother of Rosie O’Donnell, who said:
Two half-naked hot men rolling around in a cage trying to dominate each other. It’s basically gay porn, only with a different ending.
O’Donnell’s take is curious, though tracing it to its root is relatively easy. The congressman, like his sister, is gay. This outlook has apparently led him to view a sport where men strip down in much the way they did ancient Roman times through gay-colored glasses.
O’Donnell tellingly said on the floor of the assembly prior to the vote, according to USA Today, “that he would ‘take a cold shower’ and” continue to hold out hope that the state would continue its ban of this obscenity.
It didn’t. The final tally was 113-25 in favor of overturning the ban.
Check out O’Donnell’s comments in this video:
Cross-posted in somewhat altered form from the Mental Recession