Friday, May 24, 2013
Former Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander caused an uproar among the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, as well as some of his fans, after calling cricket a "gay game." The sport came up during a discussion on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Alexander came out swinging, saying, "It's the pitch. It's the weirdest... It's not like a manly baseball pitch; it's a queer British gay pitch." Unfortunately, the joke missed the mark AND hit a nerve among the gay community. Alexander wasted no time apologizing for his remark. He issued the following statement, "I should know better. My daily life is filled with gay men and women, both socially and professionally. I am profoundly aware of the challenges these friends of mine face and I have openly advocated on their behalf." He continues with: "So, I can only apologize and I do. In comedy, timing is everything. And when a group of people are still fighting so hard for understanding, acceptance, dignity and essential rights-the time for some kinds of laughs has not yet come. I hope my realization brings some comfort." No word on what cricket players everywhere had to say about Alexander's comments.