We live in a time when fame isn’t earned. It’s artificially manufactured. Fame has become self-perpetuating, self-involved, and self-aggrandizing, no real talent or societal import needed. The bar for reality television stardom is so low it requires one to lie flat on their stomach and shimmy underneath it.
So, it’s curious that Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL draft pick, would garner such finger-wagging and condemnation for originally planning to film a documentary series with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) chronicling his attempt to make the St. Louis Rams as the NFL’s first active openly gay player.