04/29/2013 11:42 am ET | Updated Jun 29, 2013

Ben Shapiro's Jason Collins Tweet Leads Many To Question His Definition Of 'Hero'


People all over the world lauded Jason Collins when, on Monday, he became the first-ever openly gay man in a major American team sport. The head of the NBA said he was proud of Collins. Even former president Bill Clinton congratulated him.

However, Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large for, took a different view:

So Jason Collins is a hero because he's gay? Our standard for heroism has dropped quite a bit since Normandy.

-- Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 29, 2013

Jason Collins averaged 1.1 PPG, 1.6 RPG, and 0.3 BPG. All more relevant than the fact that he's gay.

-- Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 29, 2013

This, of course, sent Twitter scurrying to Shapiro's Twitter feed to find out just what met his definition of heroism. Remember, these are people who Shapiro thinks are maintaining the standard set by the soldiers who landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day.

Among the heroes: radio host Mark Levin:

On the phenomenal @marklevinshow tonight to discuss 'Bullies'! Very excited. Mark's a hero.

-- Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 10, 2013

And radio host Adam Carolla:

@adamcarolla is my hero:

-- Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 2, 2011

And Senator Ted Cruz:

With Sen. Ted Cruz, Tea Party hero, in green room at @hannityshow!

-- Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 9, 2013

And the guy who ran against Sherrod Brown in Ohio:

Hero Josh Mandel running an extraordinarily tight race in OH with terrible incumbent Sherrod Brown:

-- Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 15, 2012

So, to recap: conservative politicians and radio hosts are heroes, presumably along the lines of Normandy soldiers. Someone who is the first openly gay athlete in his sport? No big deal.

Shapiro was even scolded by Chris Barron, a founder of the gay Republican group GOProud:

Douche -> @benshapiro

— Chris Barron (@ChrisRBarron) April 29, 2013


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