Sport Report - Billie Jean King

  • Aired:  01/14/14
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Tennis legend Billie Jean King discusses anti-gay discrimination, being a U.S. delegate to the Russian Olympics, and her willingness to speak out for gay rights. (5:08)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NATION, IF YOU WERE WATCHING THESHOW-- AND I HOPE THAT YOU

WERE-- RIGHT BEFORE THECOMMERCIAL BREAK I REPORTED THAT

IN RESPONSE TO ANTI-GAY LAWS INRUSSIA PRESIDENT OBAMA IS

SENDING AN OLYMPIC DELEGATIONWHICH INCLUDES GAY TENNIS LEGEND

BILLIE JEAN KING AND FIGURESKATER BRIAN BOITANO WHO JUST

TWO DAYS AFTER HE WAS NAMED TOTHE DELEGATION ALSO CAME OUT.

OOH, RIGHT AFTER HE BOOKED ATRIP TO RUSSIA.

TOUGH TIME TO DISCOVER YOU'REGAY!

(LAUGHTER)FOLKS, I BELIEVE THIS IS AN

OUTRAGES YOU BREACH OF THEOLYMPIC SPIRIT.

OBAMA KNOW IT IS HOST COUNTRY ISAGAINST THE GAYS.

SO HE SENDS A BUNCH OF THEM OVERTHERE?

THAT'S LIKE GETTING INVITED TO APOTLUCK DINNER WHERE YOU KNOW

HOST HAS A PEANUT ALLERGY SO YOUBRING A TRAY OF PAD THAI AND GAY

PEOPLE!

(LAUGHTER)THIS IS NOT HOW THE U.S. SHOULD

REPRESENT ITSELF DURING THESOCHI GAMES.

HERE TELL-TO-TELL ME HOW THEU.S. SHOULD REPRESENT ITS DURING

THE SOCHI GAMES, PLEASE WELCOMEDELEGATE MEMBER, TENNIS GREAT

BILLIE JEAN KING.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)BILLIE JEAN, GOOD TO SEE YOU

AGAIN.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> WOW, YOU GOT THEM RILED.

>> Stephen: THANKS FOR BEINGHERE.

YOU ARE MAYBE THE MOST VISIBLEGAY ATHLETE IN THE WORLD.

I MEAN -- BUT THE LAW SAYS YOUCAN'T HAVE GAY PROPAGANDA.

ISN'T YOUR MERE EXISTENCEPROPAGANDA FOR HOMOSEXUALITY?

BECAUSE YOU MAKE IT LOOK GOOD.

>> WELL, I HOPE SO!

>> Stephen: YES.

>> BUT THE THREE OF US, BRIANAND KAITLIN AND US, COME ON,

WHEN WE SHOW UP ISN'T THAT ASTATEMENT?

>> Stephen: YES, BUT IT'SAGAINST THE LAW.

>> WE BETTER HAVE PRETTY GOODSECURITY THEN.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE GOING OVER TOREPRESENT THE COUNTRY IN THE

PLACE OF OBAMA.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOURRESPONSIBILITIES ARE GOING TO

BE?

>> WELL, I PROBABLY WON'TPROTEST BUT IF THE MEDIA ASKS ME

A QUESTION I'M GOING ANSWER IT.

(APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

WHY NOT?

>> Stephen: YOU'LL BE BREAKINGTHE LAW.

IF YOU SAY SOMETHING POSITIVEABOUT HOMOSEXUALS OR ABOUT

HOMOSEXUAL RIGHTS YOU'LL BEBREAKING THE LAW.

TECHNICALLY YOU COULD BE THROWNINTO JAIL.

>> WELL, I'LL TAKE THAT CHANCE,I GUESS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: REALLY?

DO YOU THINK YOU'LL HAVE ACHANCE DO MEET VLADIMIR PUTIN

DORR YOU THINK SOMEBODY ELSEMIGHT DO THE INTERROGATING?

(LAUGHTER)>> WELL, THAT'S -- I HAVE NO

IDEA.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'M GOING GO THINK ABOUT THAT.

>> Stephen: SAY HI, HE'S AFRIEND.

>> S HE A FRIEND OF YOURS?

>> Stephen: YEAH.

>>>> WHAT KIND OF A GUY IS HE?

>> Stephen: OFTEN SHIRTLESS.

DON'T YOU THINK IT WOULD HAVEBEEN BRAVER OF OBAMA AND SHOWN

MORE LEADERSHIP IF HE HAD JUSTCHOSEN TO BE GAY FOR TWO WEEKS

AND GONE OVER THERE HIMSELF?

(LAUGHTER)>> I DON'T THINK THAT'S BEING

TRUE TO YOURSELF.

>> Stephen: BUT YOU AGREE IT'S ACHOICE?

>> A CHOICE?

NO.

>> Stephen: IT'S NOT?

OKAY.

>> NO I DO NOT THINK THAT.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVEN'T READ THESCIENCE LATELY ON THAT.

>> OH, I HEAR PEOPLE SAY IT'S ACHOICE.

>> Stephen: I HOPE YOU HEARD MEJUST SAY IT JUST NOW.

>> WELL, YOU'VE HAD A CHOICE ANDYOU'RE STRAIGHT.

>> Stephen: OH, I HAD PLENTY OFOPPORTUNITY TO GAY, BABY!

(LAUGHTER)I HAD MY PICK OF THE LITTER.

THAT I BELIEVE'S WHAT THEY CALLA GROUP OF GAY MEN, A LITTER OF

GAY MEN.

YOU HAVE>> YOU HAVE THOSE TWINKLEY BROWN

EYES.

I BET THEY DID PRETTY WELL,YEAH.

>> Stephen: I'M WORKING MY MAGICON YOU.

>> YOU ARE WORKING THE MAGIC.

>> Stephen: IT WAS SAID -- ITHAS BEEN SAID AND I THINK YOU'VE

ADMITTED THAT YOU HAVE BEENCHOSEN SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE NOT

ONLY ARE YOU A GREAT ATHLETE BUTYOU'RE A WELL-KNOWN HOMOSEXUAL

ATHLETE.

WHAT DOES IT -->> I LIKE "GAY."

IT'S SO MUCH HAPPIER.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: REALLY.

GAY?

>> GAY!

YOU KNOW --.

>> Stephen: SO GAY IS OKAY.

I THOUGHT IT WAS GAY ANDLESBIAN.

>> I JUST LOVE GAY BECAUSE IT'SSO HAPPY.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> YES, I'M A GAY WOMAN.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE NOT OFFENDEDBECAUSE YOU'RE BEING CHOSEN

BECAUSE YOU'RE SGHA.

>> I'M PROUD OF IT!

I LOVE IT!

ARE YOU KIDDING?

JUST THE OPPOSITE.

COME ON!

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE SAID THATTHE LGBT FIGHT FOR RIGHTS IS A

CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE OF THE21st CENTURY.

>> IT'S ONE OF THEM ABSOLUTELY.

OR THE ONE, YES.

>> Stephen: DOES THAT MAKERUSSIA THE ALABAMA OF THE 21st

CENSURELY.

>> SURE, WHY NOT?

>> Stephen: ONE MORE THING.

THE LAST THING ON HERE.

YOU WILL ADMIT THE LAST TIME YOUWERE ON THIS SHOW THERE WAS SOME

-- THERE WAS SOME MEET BETWEENTHE TWO OF US.

>> I ACTUALLY -- DIDN'T I JUSTTALK ABOUT YOUR TWINKLEY BROWN

EYES?

ABSOLUTELY!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WELL, THANK YOU.

DO YOU THINK THERE WILL COME ATIME WHEN SOCIETY WILL ACCEPT

LOVE BETWEEN A HAPPILY MARRIEDMAN AND A GAY WOMAN?

(LAUGHTER)>> I HOPE SO!

>> Stephen: THAT WILL BE THECIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE OF THE

22nd CENTURY.

>> YOU ARE AA MAN AHEAD OF YOURTIME.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU FORJOINING ME,