See that weird, poorly-Photoshopped movie poster over on the right? That’s the poster for Real Love, an upcoming independent film that’s being financed in part by Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
In an article in The New Republic, writer Lydia Depillis describes the film as “a coming-of-age story about a girl trying to stay true to her virginity and her religion.”
In other words, it basically a pro-abstinence propaganda film — an after-school special for the Netflix era, if you will. Yup, the best receiver in all of football doesn’t think teenagers should be having sex before they get married, and he wants to spend some of his millions (many, many millions) to get that message out there.
Now, that’s not necessarily a radical idea. Heck, NFL rosters are among the most religious collections of Americans, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks teens should be having more sex than they currently are. This is a far cry from arguing gays shouldn’t be allowed to get married, as well as many of the other dumb things NFL players have said in recent years.
It does raise an interesting question, though: does Calvin Johnson practice what he preaches? To put it more bluntly: is he still a virgin?
Of course, one might point out that the sex lives of NFL players are none of our business (and one would be right, generally). But when a player starts spending his money to make the sex lives of others his own business, as Johnson has with this film, that kind of goes out the window.
So … how long until the Tim Tebow to the Lions rumors start?