Magic’s Son E.J. in First Interview Since Coming Out
This interview is from GWist TV, featuring GWIssues with Howard Bragman. GWist TV is the brainchild of the founder of Logo TV, Matt Farber. Farber is extending gay-themed content for the LGBT community, and GWist TV went on the air last year, based on You Tube. GWist essentially means gay with a twist.
Brother E.J. is conscious enough to give the interview to a gay interviewer and a gay channel. I give him props for that, but does he know about Rod 2.0? (Rod 2.0 is a black gay-themed website that I sometimes read for stories.) Sometimes you do need a friendly, receptive medium to talk things over, in this case, gay-friendly.
The interview explains everything happening to him right now, including the fact that TMZ actually outted him; and that the event was not necessarily planned. From The Advocate.com:
“I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal, since I’ve been out to my friends and family for five years,” Johnson said in an interview with Howard Bragman on his Web series Gwissues. “So it just feels like I’m coming out again.”
He also clarified that the guy he was holding hands with on the Sunset Strip is his best friend, not his boyfriend.
Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV-positive in 1991 and retired from the NBA that year. At the time, Cookie Johnson was pregnant with E.J.
“I am very, very, very blessed to have the family that I do,” Johnson said. “My parents have always been super supportive. My sister and I have always been really close, and she’s been really supportive as with my brother (Andre). When it was time to come out, I was obviously scared, as most people are. After I got all the love and support from my family, then I knew I could go out and conquer the world, I guess.”
Bragman, a publicist, has also recently started representing Johnson.
Howard Bragman is one of the most recognized public relations professionals in America. He has taken his 30+ years of agency experience, in virtually every area of PR, and become the “go-to” guy on television to explain celebrity misbehavior, corporate crisis and the role of “spin” in our everyday lives. Bragman serves as an ABC News Consultant for Good Morning America, resident Public Relations Expert for Entertainment Tonight, resident Spin Doctor for HLN’s Showbiz Tonight and a frequent contributor to The Joy Behar Show. In addition, he is often quoted in magazines, newspapers and on-line media outlets.
Bragman is also gay. I think E.J. made the right decision being handled, at least for the moment, by this guy.
His future plans? Perhaps his own talk show. EJ mused he’d love to be “the voice for young gay people who need someone to be on TV or wherever else to talk to them and talk about all kinds of issues that all of us face and not just homosexual issues but all kinds of issues . . . I definitely want to set a really good example.”
Good for him.
All this is not to say that E.J. is being accepted from all quarters, including the black community. He’s getting static from the hate fringe, but he is not allowing himself to be influenced by them. That’s also in the interview. I mean, who’s got time for that mess in the first place?
- Magic Johnson’s son talks about being gay (with Howard Bragman Gwissues video interview) (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- E.J. Johnson, Magic’s Son, On Being A Gay Role Model (huffingtonpost.com)
- Magic Johnson’s Son Talks Being Gay: ‘I Am Very Blessed To Have The Family I Do’ (oldschool945.com)
- Son of Magic Johnson talks about being gay (espn.go.com)
- Magic Johnson’s Son E.J. Opens Up About Coming Out In First Interview (radaronline.com)