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Video: French footballers’ ‘kiss’ goes viral and sparks new discussion about homophobia on the pitch

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  1. More affection. Not war.

    Let’s have more of this display in every day society.

    We will be better for it

  2. Jock S. Trap 26 Mar 2012, 12:39pm

    A sad thing though as sad that these people feel the need to assure and be reassured about their own sexuality. Why not be free and comfortable with your own self?

    Nice to see shame about the justifying afterwards.

    If it was a kiss then let it be one stop analyzing it.

    1. Staircase2 26 Mar 2012, 4:24pm

      Well said!

    2. Rashid Karapiet 27 Mar 2012, 11:57am

      Not as sad as parading on this website as a men’s intimate undergarment – Jock S. Trap indeed…

  3. Obviously a kiss and not just ” the brush on the cheek.

    Be comfortable about it :)

    The french are more expressionate so a kiss is no big deal.

    Nice pic tho :)

    1. Sam Maloney 26 Mar 2012, 6:44pm

      Ah, but the French are in an uproar about this– it’s the uproar, not the kiss that is the focus here.
      Apparently he French are NOT cool about expressions of affection between men…

  4. Very sexy….thats all.

  5. The French kiss a lot- maybe we should try it more over here! I dont think Rooney snogging Scholes would have quite the homoerotic value mind…

    1. Thanks. I didn’t want my lunch to stay down anyway….

      1. LOL! Rooney! Yes, just lost my lunch too! I think this was a good show of affection and it is a pity it could just not be left at that.

  6. Don Harrisoin 26 Mar 2012, 1:55pm

    What has society come too?
    It was just a kiss!

  7. Good on them, after all, they are French

  8. brush of a cheek…I don’t think so! lol Looked like a big kiss to me…and I think it’s brilliant!

    Don’t hide it Olivier , just admit you kissed him!!! IT’s great :)

  9. I echo the messages here. Two gorgeous guys having a wonderful smacker on the lips. Why are rationales and explanations necessary? It is symptomatic of how homophobic sport still is. Pity it wasn’t a full clinch!

  10. I have a feeling this is relevant:

  11. terminalose 26 Mar 2012, 4:19pm

    Sophia Aram is disgusting, totally. She talks about gay people calling them “faggots”.

    1. Maybe she did, but if so it was ironic : she is totally for mariage equallity, as we can hear in this video :

      In that video she is with Francois Bayrou, a candidate for the presidential election (wich is now over) who was for equallity … except that he didn’t want the union to be called “marriage” .
      So in 3 : 30 minutes in that video she demonstrate that it’s not different than to allow black people to take the bus – but of course an other one than white people.

      I don’t know why you talk about her here but I just wanted to show you that she is definitely not homophobic, if you really want some homophobic French animators, i’d encourage you to hear “Eric Zemmour” (but not too long, his speech is literally hurting).

      Forgive the orthograph, I’m French ;-)

  12. Staircase2 26 Mar 2012, 4:30pm

    Hot air over nothing…and more importantly(!) very homophobic…

    …its all very well of Le Monde to go on about the PLAYER’S alleged homophobia in ‘denying it means anything other than a kiss’ but what about the homophobia of a press and media who want to draw attention to something so insignificant as a way of somehow signifying the sexuality of those players involved?

    Let’s bear in mind that a large part of the blame for the homophobia in football rests with the slant put on it by the press and (in the UK) the Football Association for not dealing with the subject in a grown up manner…

    The (supposedly) rabidly homophobic fans are, after all, (often) fuelled by the very tabloid press that also stands around doing that ‘mock horror’ that they do so well when deriding someone else’s behaviour…

    1. Exactly! The media create a big brouhaha and act as if its the fans who are homophobic. Having seen the stereotypical hetero blokey hacks giving evidence at the Levenson enquiry, I understand better why it is we have the rabidly homophobic, chauvenistic, sexist bikini-body obsessed press we have.

  13. So wait… you mean…. football fans are brain-dead homophobic morons? How shocking.

    1. Oi – i’m a football fan and don’t take kindly to being called a brain-dead homophobic moron – and neither does my boyfriend

  14. Professor Eric Anderson 26 Mar 2012, 8:22pm

    My research on heterosexual undergraduate men in the UK finds that 89% have kissed another man in a similar way. This is a positive product of decreasing cultural homohysteria, which permits men to engage in acts that once homosexualized them. It likely began in football in the UK, but has certainly spread far and wide among youth. Most important, 50% of the young men I interview suggest that they would equally kiss a gay mate the same way. The other 50% say that they just wouldn’t want to give their gay mate the wrong idea. Finally, 40% engaged in ‘sustained’ kissing with another straight mate – as a form of banter. Impressively, 97% of the male athletes I surveyed (over 200) said that they would have no problem with a gay athlete or gay coach.

    More can be found on my website:

  15. Phwoar

  16. Not sure if gay…
    Or just French.

  17. Rudehamster 28 Mar 2012, 5:52pm

    Agreed. I’m not sure that kissing a man is particularly gay, as it’s common with many straight men throughout the Continent.
    Now if they’d gone into a full Cadinot routine, that’d be different.
    I’d still want to see the dvd to make sure though.

  18. Good grief. Much ado about nothing. A little peck, so what – hardly newsworthy. Its because the media have kittens over this sort of non-event that the players themselves wind up having to defend it.

  19. “In a recent interview, Fashanu’s brother John claimed that his late brother had not been gay and that his “coming out” was merely an attention-grabbing publicity stunt. He also claimed that there were “no gay footballers”

    …Nearly missed the last paragraph was so distracted by the kiss.

    John rewriting his brother’s brave choices after death – what a douchbag.

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