NBC's got some explaining to do!
We cheered when Australia's Matthew Mitcham, the only openly male gay athlete who competed at the Beijing Games, scored Olympic gold.
However, we're jeering at NBC because - unlike their coverage of hetero athletes' relationships - the network never mentioned the Aussie's boyfriend/longtime parter during their coverage of the Mitcham story.
NBC did not mention Mitcham’s orientation, nor did they show his family and partner who were in the stands. NBC has made athletes’ significant others a part of the coverage in the past, choosing to spotlight track athlete Sanya Richards’ fiancee, a love triangle between French and Italian swimmers and Kerri Walsh’s wedding ring debacle.
What's up with that, NBC?
Gay relationships = not the same as straight ones????