Tuesday, May 3, 2011

WATCH: NBA Stars Grant Hill and Jared Dudley Against Homophobia

By Rod 2.0

GLSEN has released behind-the-scenes footage of their pro-equality and anti-homophobia PSA shoot with Phoenix Suns Grant Hill and Jared Dudley. Ironically, it was lensed on the same day and only hours before NBA superstar and basketball diva Kobe Bryant was caught on camera using an anti-gay slur during a basketball game.

While the video message shot by Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers only mentions sexual orientation in passing, the topic takes center stage in the Suns' video. Says the six foot eight Hill in the video: "Using gay to mean dumb or stupid? Not cool. Not in my house, not anywhere. It’s not creative, it’s offensive to gay people and you’re better than that."

Dudley adds in an interview: "It's critical to set values. ... It starts with the NBA, because a lot of people look up to the stars [as] role models, the kids want to be you. And if they see how you’re acting toward this, it will definitely sway a lot of people."

The video was shot for GLSEN, the Ad Council and the NBA as part of the "Think B4 You Speak" campaign. It's a collaborative effort to address anti-LGBT language among teens. The video will air during the NBA playoffs. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...

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