It may not have the same ripple effects as the announcement by Michael Sam, but M.K. Nobilette went down in history last night on American Idol:
She became the first openly gay contestant to compete on the Fox series.
In speaking to the judges while awaiting to learn her fate, Nobilette told J. Lo, Harry and Keith:
“I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who will definitely hate me. But I think that in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing.”
“Thank goodness,” muttered Connick Jr. in response to Nobilette's words.
In the past, American Idol had come under fire for seemingly telling gay contestants to keep their orientation quiet on air.
Not that anyone had any doubts about Adam Lambert, of course. But many wondered why his sexuality was not once mentioned during his run to second place.
Nobilette, meanwhile, did advance to the Top 30.
We wish her every ounce of luck and we hope she never has to deal with the sort of Twitter backlash (below) that as befallen Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year who came out as gay this weekend.
Michael Sam father has failed. Fuck all his accomplishments, records, and etc.. yo sons a faggot.@_TreyMal
I'm sorry but there's is no room for Jason Collins & Michael Sam playing a man sport ain't shit manly bout being a fag@DewuanS
I wish they take this faggot michael sam off my fucking screen show some real sports news nd highlights@ILikeTheOCup
MICHAEL SAM U FUCKING FRUITFLY FAG . , NO FAGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE NFL BITCH . GO PLAY ANOTHER SPORT@laeeyo
The fact that all these allegedly "straight" guys are defending this punk/fag Michael Sam makes my stomach tur@Bryan_giveNoFuc
Michael Sam first openly gay athlete in the NFL??? that's freaking disgusting!!!!!! should be kicked out if the NFL and the USA@greyclark24
Michael Sam mouth look like its just wating to gobble dick. He gonna be tryna turn them NFL boys out with a lil head.....@stoplying_hoe
Michael Sam to be the first publicly gay football player in the NFL. Why is it relevant where he stick his genitals? Gross! Your thoughts?@xcerptshow
It's unbelievable how much Michael Sam is being praised for being gay and how criticized Tim Tebow was for being a Christian.@MattKingKonger
@icanhasbailout: So, message to Michael Sam and those like him: NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT A MAN WHO LIKES TO SUCK COCK. GET BACK IN THE FUCKING CLOSET.
@WezDublin: @ESPNUK: "I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: A college graduate, African American, and I'm gay. Fag hahaha.
Fuck Michael Sam .. can't even watch ESPN without these anchors making him sound like a hero.. All he did was SUCK cock.@J_Marz_21