It’s been too long since I last updated my celebrity crush list (though Rachel Maddow, Marc Maron, Henry Rollins, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson are still on it).
Today, Chris Kluwe — outspoken gay (equal) rights advocate, same sex marriage supporter, Voltaire fan, card carrying nerd, gamergate destroyer, and former punter for some American football team — has the high honor of making it onto my crush list. (Congratulations, Chris! You can pick up your award at my place… just ring the bell and drop your pants…)
After hearing him on Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist (#323) and Aisha Tyler’s Girl on Guy (#87) podcasts, I was impressed with Kluwe’s willingness to speak out about issues of gay (equal) rights and marriage equality as part of the NFL (and subsequently, speak up against censorship of his views). Undoubtedly, his outspokenness had something to do with his being released by the Minnesota Vikings (and his not being picked up by any other team, despite having a pretty good record of kicking footballs where they’re supposed to go).
Recently, Kluwe spoke out about gamergate in the most brilliant way — his article, “Why #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off” on Medium is a thing of beauty. It’s not what he said that put him on my list, but the way he said it (okay… what he said was pretty great, too). He is, truly, a poet and a gentleman — I stand in awe and reverence at his mastery of the language I hold in high esteem.
A selection of his eloquence and brilliant wordsmithery…
And if you aren’t already swooning as hard as I am, here’s a Chris Kluwe bonus quote from his open letter to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. (who wrote a letter to the Baltimore Ravens’ owner demanding he censor a Ravens player who expressed support for marriage equality: