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.