You can imagine the conversation. Would you like to be in a video condeming homophobia in football on the terraces. But before you answer that question, you will be ridiculed on the terraces, your probably loose sponsorship and advertising. So do you want to do this video?
The whole story elegantly and clearly demonstrates the problem!
It is a fundamental problem, it will take a very brave fooballer to go for something like this. I do not blame them for turning it down!
Reading Le Saux article in the times really makes you realise how much it can effect a player.
Well said Riondo! These so called ‘professionals’ seemed to have all turned to jelly! Not looking so big and tough now are we!!
Yes well they are so like cry babies, tripping over a blade of grass and bursting into tears, pointing at each other and saying “he did it!” like kids in a play ground; disgusting!
I really don’t have much sympathy for the players.
Granted they are probably not the most intelligent of people but for people like Ronaldo or Beckham – guys who have no problem undressing to their underwear for perfume and underwear adverts targetted quite heavily towards gay consumers – to refuse to appear in this advert is really very cowardly and hypocritical.
These guys have no problem making a fortune by endorsing products marketed towards gay people but to actually stand up in defence of those gay people. No way. They get scared.
If they think its not macho to stand up against hate crime, its rather pathetic. There are “macho” gay men in the Police, the fire service and the armed forces who would give these sad so called overpaid football stars a run for their money in the fitness stakes!
Sounds like quite an immature attitude to me. How can promoting tolerance of LGBT people make you look gay (because that’s what they must be thinking)? It’s what a child would think.
Perhaps this is the issue they should have addressed before wasting all their money of the cr@p they produced.
“Sounds like quite an immature attitude to me. How can promoting tolerance of LGBT people make you look gay (because that’s what they must be thinking)? It’s what a child would think. ”
Well as I said these men are not intelligent. They are taken as teenagers into these clubs and if they are good players they are earning MASSIVE amounts of money by the time they are 20. They are not required to mature in any way.
I think Beckham and Ronaldo in particular are well respected players who are all metrosexual until it comes to homosexuality.
Then they revert to type – neanderthals with learning difficulties.
Graham Taylor, head of the Professional Footballers Association, gave a spectacular interview on this to Gabby Logan on BBC5 Live.
Sadly, it was not spectacular in a good way. He even seemed uncomforatable with the fact that Gabby is a woman of all things.
His basic “argument” seemed to be that we cannot tackle bigotry until people stop being bigoted.
It will be up on the iPlayer when the show (broadcast 12.00 to 14.00) finishes and the fun starts about 10 minutes in from the start of the show.
For sheer gobsmacking, evasive, writhing stupidity, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
These players are clearly scared to death of their own fans. There is a real problem of poisonous yobbery among football followers which does not appear to be the case for other team sports. What can be done?
*groan* So they’re too scared to even appear in a video that doesn’t protray them as being gay, but only condemns homophobia…and they’re STILL to scared to make an appearance in it?! OK, I didn’t have much respect for these overpaid people before, I have none whatsoever now.
I love that the FA decision to back out of the campaign is backfiring so horribly on them.
They really do seem like a bunch of out of touch, morons.
And these “players” call themselves “men”? NOT! Its clear they are not comfortable with sexual orientation which only proves its a case of internalized homophobia. A straight man who is well adjusted and comfortable in his own orientation wouldn’t have a problem taking part, let alone worry about the guilt by association stigma. These players are the real sissies if you ask me.
What a selfish bunch of overpaid wusses … they’ll take the endorsement cheques and their inflated salaries [a lot of it the fans' money] and they lack the sphericals to put something back into the sport which has been so good to them, and that they claim to love!
Seems they can wear your wife’s panties and you can’t stand up against hate!
“I love that the FA decision to back out of the campaign is backfiring so horribly on them. They really do seem like a bunch of out of touch, morons.”
I seem to recall that this childish abusive name-calling is Simon’s modus operandi. I thought the FA backed the campaign and the video and it was a small number of “gay” rights activist that attacked them for – yes – supporting the campaign. Still, anyone moronic enough (to use Simon’s term) to be interested in kicking a ball around gets what they deserve.
“I thought the FA backed the campaign and the video and it was a small number of “gay” rights activist that attacked them for – yes – supporting the campaign.”
The FA backed the campaign until the day before the advert was to be officially launched. It was at that point the FA decided they needed ‘more time’ to launch the campaign. Despite them having been involved every step of the way up to that point.
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.
Thanks for the link, Mumbo Jumbo. For those about to cringe, the interview begins 11:45min in, but hits a low after 16mins. Poor Gaby is left debating the issue by herself as Graham Taylor bumbles his way from one excuse to another. He repeatedly assumes that only gay footballers would be homophobic and even ropes the church into a defence of why the anti-homophobia campaign is not all that important. Gaby actually helps him by giving some arguments in favour of the PFA decision not to include footballers (eg loss of sponsorship) but he’s too thick to pick up on the point and run with it. Thank god there were actual black players pushing for the anti-racism campaigns because otherwise nothing would have come of that either!