NFL punter Chris Kluwe, who gained notoriety for his outspoken views on same-sex marriage, prides himself on preaching “more tolerance and more acceptance.” That is, unless you happen to disagree with him. After tossing obscenities at Texas governor Rick Perry on national television last night, Kluwe then likened Perry’s views on abortion to slavery.
Appearing on Conan, Kluwe proudly discussed his infamous, expletive-ridden letter to a Maryland state representative for his support of traditional marriage; Kluwe took issue with the representative’s request that the Baltimore Ravens “take the necessary action … to inhibit” one of its players from voicing his support for same-sex marriage. Kluwe displayed his so-called skills in “colorful language” by targeting Perry for supporting the abortion bill that led to this week’s filibuster. Be warned: Explicit language is included in the video.
“Rick Perry is a syphilitic cow-felcher who I wouldn’t trust to feed starving people in a buffet line, let alone take care of women’s rights in one of the largest state in our union,” he said.
Minutes later, Kluwe took a different tone when he said he wished society practiced more empathy; “It’s ‘treat others how you’d like to be treated,’” he explained. He also urged professional athletes “to be good role models, not bad role models.”
When I asked Kluwe on Twitter about the incongruity in his in statements, he equated governor’s pro-life stance to slavery. “I have no tolerance for intolerance,” he said, adding that Perry’s policy is tantamount to “discrimination and oppression” and “takes away free will.”
Kluwe’s message of love, tolerance, and empathy seems to only extend to those he already agrees with, otherwise he is more than happy to ridicule and make distorted comparisons.
Kluwe appeared on television to promote his new book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities. The punter was released by the Minnesota Vikings earlier this offseason, but has since been signed by the Oakland Raiders.