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Elton John and rugby chief support homophobia video – but footballers stay silent

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  1. I support the initiative too, but the advert is still crap.

  2. donotdiscriminate 12 Feb 2010, 7:30pm

    That advert is just shameful. Imagine the same formula for an ad against racism using racist expletives. Would it be aired nationally? I don’t think so. I can’t believe that the adverstising agency involved were paid to come up with such a ridiculous idea. I can imagine standing around in a swanky office where they’re so used to accepting explicit homophobia in every aspect of their lives that they haven’t the foggiest how to get homophobic straight men to change their minds. My suggestion: Go for the family angle, whether it be a much loved gay brother, uncle, cousin, child, or even possible future child. All those possible relatives can be or are fantastic footballers who will have the support and admiration of the rest of the family, including the WIFE. (and I don’t even work in advertising). Also remember, the homophobes are a minority who’s masculinity is threatened by being nice to gay people. Let people know that they are sexually dysfunctional!

  3. If no straight players are stepping forward then the fact that they’re afraid of the stigma…guilt by association proves beyond any doubt that they are homophobic. Any straight male who is comfortable with his own sexual orientation wouldn’t have such a hard time with it, let alone fear being called gay. They’re showing themselves to be cowards, definitely not masculine enough to tough it out. A bunch of “sissies” for not taking a stand.

  4. donotdiscriminate 12 Feb 2010, 8:11pm

    My impression of homophobes on the terraces is groups of men, often unfit with beer bellies, trying to make themselves appear more masculine to each other. Quite sad really if it weren’t so offensive.

  5. Mumbo Jumbo 12 Feb 2010, 8:28pm

    Here is the link to Graham Taylor of the Professional Footballers Association interviewed on BBC5 Live by Gabby Logan:

    It starts a few minutes in.

    A pathetic, squirming performance of pure, circular idiocy.

  6. Maybe they are silent because it’s the kind of crap that only appeals to Guardian readers.

    And an endorsement by a fat old muppet like Elton ain’t going to lend any credibility to the cause.

  7. I think we all know until that one player who has just returned to a top premiership club comes out, then the rest of the players will not be interested and fearful of supporting anything gay related. because of warning made Max Clifford with his comments has made sure nobody speaks out and what will happen if anybody comes out or speaks out.

  8. BrazilBoysBlog 13 Feb 2010, 3:56am

    “And an endorsement by a fat old muppet like Elton ain’t going to lend any credibility to the cause.” Thanks so much for that enlightened comment. I´m sure an endorsement by yourself would have done MUCH better :-) Sorry, who are you again?

  9. Chris P is right. Actually the only true way we may start making progress if a few top-rated straight players were the very ones making a stand against homophobia maybe then maybe things would change for the better. Old queens making a stand to footballers is seen just as that.

  10. ‘And an endorsement by a fat old muppet like Elton ain’t going to lend any credibility to the cause.’ Come again? What contributions have you made to help stop homophobia? ‘ain’t’ seen any thing about you anywhere.

  11. Scott, Sydney 13 Feb 2010, 2:32pm

    Australia is behind the UK in some ways on our rights. However in tackling homophobia it is ahead.
    Rugby League players and Australian Rules Football Players along with some Socceroo players like Tim Cahill have done such a campaign here in Australia.
    I do not understand why it is not just being treated as any PR duty by the players as part of their contract to promote the inclusiveness of Football as a sport. Support any national football body should expect and demand of their players.

  12. G e e e


    Good Luck

  13. Its ironic, that the fat old muppet comment has even appeard on here considering we are pissed about discrimination. its okay to be ageist then! people seem to be congenitally pathetic whatever the pervceived difference.

  14. yep its okay to be ageist. old people dont get beaten up at school for being old, or beaten to death by ageist people because theyre old, or executed by the state, like in some parts of the world, for being old. or….you get my point.
    homophobia isnt a problem because we dont like being called names, its because it leads to murderous acts of violence, politicians creating laws that turn us into second class citizens, and a general lack of freedom to even, say, kiss your fella in the street without getting spat at.
    elton john is a fat old muppet. he should go and suck homophobic eminem off again, then get some more press, so he can sell some more crap records – oh wait a minute, isnt that what he’s using this for? why does he wear that wig?

  15. Jean-Paul Bentham 13 Feb 2010, 11:07pm

    Homophobia could lead to violence; it should lead to therapy.

    It’s good to see that Sir Elton John has added his support to this project.

  16. Jean-Paul Bentham 14 Feb 2010, 12:24am

    As far as i know the only place in the world who has anti-homophobic legislation in sight is the Province of Québec in Canada:

  17. stop with the bitchy comments about a celebrity. This thread should be about homphobia not peoples phobia of Elton! Ageism and homphobia are both bad. any gay , old people out there!

  18. Brian Burton 14 Feb 2010, 2:08pm

    Well said Dave but dose your protest fall on the deaf-ears of the un-deserving I ask myself?….What A lot of ‘Lack of imaginative clowns.’

  19. Yawn,Your predictable ain’t ya Brian!

  20. Brian Burton 14 Feb 2010, 11:08pm

    Just as squidgy as you are – little squidgy one!

  21. unawareness is un curable unless one wants or acknowledge his being as an aware human being. at this point of time the magoity of people are principle consciousness is evolutionary everyone the thing is discovering it,untill than the world is as is.

  22. Jean-Paul Bentham 15 Feb 2010, 8:57pm

    U tink deep tots.

  23. Seems the FA can’t make up its mind about the video. A shortened 1 minute version of it is available on the FA website with a headline stating “Sporting figures support FA message” adding “Big names in football support FA’s anti-homophobia message”

    Turns out that one of the big names in football is Elton John –

  24. Did I mention that the release isn’t (at present) listed on the FA NewsAndFeatures webpage? –

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