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US: University football players interrupted play about Matthew Shepard with anti-gay slurs

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  1. anti-fascist 3 Oct 2013, 8:11pm

    It is sad that American football and soccer are often associated with bigotry stuff such as homophobia, sexism and racism ! This must be put to an end, or at least diminished !

    1. that’s easy: stop funding football teams in American high schools, colleges and universities.

      sports teams in the US are disproportionately funded compared to EDUCATION.
      the sports teams get more money than the actual departments that teach.

      sports teams in schools are not a means of “getting students to be active in sports and fight against obesity”. school sports teams are money-making ventures for school. period.

      one need only look at the number of athlete graduates who are functionally illiterate.

      1. Keith Francis Farrell 4 Oct 2013, 10:07am

        agree with you. don’t know why you tolerate that in the USA

  2. For such a wealthy and developed nation, the US is sickeningly backwards in many ways. Shameful

    1. Wealth has nothing to do with bigotry. Look at the oil rich middle east – they’re a lot more backward than the US.

      1. Fair point. I meant that the country has the wealth to provide every child with a good education, which seems to be sadly lacking in these meatheads

        1. it may HAVE the wealth, but it certainly isn’t using it. The United States always seem to place rather low in relation to other developed countries in scholastic aptitude tests.

          and one of the main reasons for that is? you guessed it. the mentality that school sports are more important than actually GOING to school.

        2. It’s not everyone in the U.S. who’s like this — it people who are conservatives/Republicans.

    2. Mississippi is the poorest state in the nation. There is a lot of wealth there but even more poverty.

  3. Appalling and inexcusable.

  4. Bill Cameron 3 Oct 2013, 8:25pm

    Utterly disgusting! Not only was this young man brutally tortured and murdered by two homophobes, now his memory is being trashed by so-called students!

  5. Absolutely disgusting behaviour. Sadly I very much doubt if they will face any punishment. The least of which should be suspension from the team. The level of corruption in US collage football is well known. The collage football teams have huge power.

    Many of the players get shown special favouritism in terms of their behaviour being ignored and their academic records being amended to passes when they should in fact be failed.

    Let us hope that in this case they will prove us wrong and take the proper action and either suspend the players or expel them. But don’t hold your breath!

  6. What were all these illiterate sh–heads doing in the audience in the first place?
    Did they think they were going to see an all singing, all dancing musical?

    1. They were fulfilling a course requirement that they had to attend a certain number of theatre performances during the semester.

      They should be disciplined for embarrassing the university, but they should also fail their theatre course – I doubt that this behaviour is what their professor had in mind when s/he set the assignment.

  7. What do you expect from inbreds ?

  8. Those responsible should be off the football team. Permanently.

  9. What do you expect? Closet gays always behave like that. Certainly, in the ‘hazing’ videos I’ve seen featuring football players,they all seems to throughly relish the blanantly homoerotic experiences in which they partake. One has to ask why they went to see such a play in the first place?

  10. This is not surprising from the state of Mississippi of which is very deep in the Bible belt. By the students hurling anti-gay statements during the play, these were actually rooting for the ones that murdered Matthew Shepard.

  11. As a native of Mississippi and an alumnus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), let me be the first to apologize for the shameful behavior of these ignorant bigots.

    We’re not all like that.

    1. You might consider writing a letter to the university expressing your disappointment and disgust. Most US Universities get a good bit of its funding from alumni donations and reputation amongst alumni is extremely important.

      I think the University President might have to do something if enough alumni make a fuss. Of course I’m sure the Pres will get a fair number of letters complaining that students ‘had’ to go to the play in the first place. It would be nice if the ‘outrageously bad behaviour’ side outnumbered the homophobes…

  12. Ironic that most of the football players were black and are the grandchildren of those who integrated the school in the 1960’s, enduring racial epithets and hatred that looked a lot like the epithets and hate displayed by their grandchildren.

    1. Bullies are usually people who have experienced some form of bullying themselves.

  13. Saddening and disappointing – reflects especially bad on a University. And though Juvenile it certainly is; acceptable it most certainly is not. An apology is needed. And perhaps also, an explanation too . . . maybe that could help deal with their homophobia.

  14. Keith Francis Farrell 4 Oct 2013, 10:05am

    I ho[e that means that those guilty will be dismissed from the team and hopefully tossed out of the university without their degree. and that their homophobic rants shared will all other institutions. they can all learn how to flip burgers

  15. BlokeToys 4 Oct 2013, 1:18pm

    Anyone else remember the recent story of high school footballers found guilty of rape of a minor, and how their school and the local authorities tried to cover it all up and silence the victim?

    This is the culture in the USA, where meat head jocks are valued more than actual valuable skills and abilities. This is a country which mindlessly pats itself on the back and cheer-leads to block out the sound of failure, believing it’s the best nation on Earth, ignoring their failures in education, healthcare, economic equality..

    You just need to see any US TV show where competition is involved, they spew bullsh*t about how great they are individually, then face massive embarrassment when they completely fail.

    The US is built on ego, pummeled into them in their teenage years through this glorification of the mindless “alpha male”, and these kids are emulating that through their complete arrogance and ignorance. It’s a cultural problem in the USA that goes far beyond this story.

    1. Yep, Bloke Toys, sadly you’re right. And I live in the U.S. too (family’s been here for over 400 years).

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Oct 2013, 6:25pm

      A lot American politicians aren’t much better either, especially republicans. The jingoism and air of superiority is worse than anything I’ve heard from our MPs. There’s nothing wrong in being patriotic but when it’s over the top as it is in America, then I have a problem with it. Always wanting and claiming to be number 1 has its consequences it seems.

      1. David Myers 7 Oct 2013, 8:35am

        It has always been over the top. And yes you are absolutely right, always wanting and claiming to be number one does have significant consequences.

      2. David Myers 7 Oct 2013, 8:52am

        It has always been over the top. And yes you are absolutely right, always wanting and claiming to be number one does have significant negative consequences.

  16. What do you expect… it’s Mississippi. They’re still about 150 years behind the times. If you took a poll most Mississippians would probably still want slavery. I just hope those in countries besides the U.S. don’t get the idea that everyone in the U.S. is like this.

  17. chris casey 4 Oct 2013, 4:22pm

    I was horrified by this, a journalist has written a book on Matthew.

  18. Christopher Coleman 4 Oct 2013, 4:50pm

    Anyone really surprised by this news? It’s Mississippi, chaps!

  19. Kay Arnold 4 Oct 2013, 5:51pm

    I as a US citizen should be embarrassed by these actions, but since I was told I should leave my country because; a) I don’t believe in god b) I’m a Transsexual c) I’m not ashamed of my beliefs and life. I can only add that these incidents are not unusual in the US. Mississippi is not the only state full of bigots, some of which are extremely dangerous. Use extreme caution when traveling there.

  20. What is so disgusting about this is that these morons surely knew that the play was about homophobia leading to a horrible murder and still behaved the way they did, apparently seeing no connection – or not caring if there were – between this obscene violence and their own attitudes. Are they idiots or psychopaths? Or both?

  21. Jim Nashville 4 Oct 2013, 6:56pm

    so they came to a play that everyone knows is about a gay man being murdered .. and then used offensive slurs to stir the audience up .. seems that was a well planned attack .. those members of the football team who did this and those in the audience who joined in need to be dealt with in such a manner to make sure that their actions dont go unpunished .. but I have doubts this will happen . it being the University of Mississippi .. kicking them out of school .. is the right thing to do .. but that wont happen

  22. The Westboro Baptist group has the same attitude. This is the reason for the Federal Government to establish minority protections.

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