Magic Johnson's Son Being Recruited For Reality TV
Earlier this year, Magic Johnson's son, EJ, came out as gay. Magic went on the record as being whole-heartedly supportive, and in general, the announcement went over well.
But of course, Hollywood came a-knockin' not long after, and producers are now vying to put a camera on EJ and film him for a reality show. The website Diary of a Hollywood Street King reports that Magic and his wife are trying to discourage EJ from accepting any such offers, quoting the National Enquirer as saying:
...his parents fear EJ be made to look foolish or, even worse, become the target of death threats...They know there are folks out there who still hate gay people, and it would break their hearts to hear their son got attacked or even injured just for being himself.
Indeed. When EJ first came out, Magic was quoted as saying that while he loved his son no matter what, there were still families out there that might not be so open-minded:
I see young men who are black who couldn't come out who couldn't tell their parents they were fearful of what would happen with their neighbors and everyone down the street. So now it's my son there, and I'm hoping that they understand that this is year 2013.
Even so, EJ does seem to have a public persona going on, per his Twitter account. He tweets regularly about being rich and partying in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and name checks his dad. Behold:
As much backlash as he might get, one is tempted to say that he may naturally have the trappings of a reality TV star...