Posted by: Chasy | 20/05/2010

As if you needed more reasons to hate Akermanis…

… he goes and and opens his mouth. It’s bad enough already knowing that what is about to come out is bound to be so stupid it burns, but when he spews forth such disgusting homophobic bullshit and blinding ignorance, it makes it so, so, much worse.

For your reading pleasure (or horror, as the case may be), I will pick out the most stupid parts of his Herald Sun piece and explain exactly why it makes Jason Akermanis even more of a cunt than you ever thought.

For starters:

If a player wants to out himself, then I say good luck.

But I believe the world of AFL footy is not ready for it. To come out is unnecessary for a lot of reasons.

Imagine the publicity associated with a current player admitting he’s gay. It would be international news and could break the fabric of a club.

Oh, piss off. Ian Roberts, NRL player, came out and the world of Australian rugby league wasn’t torn asunder. What the fuck does he think would happen?

And of being in a team where he has played with someone who came out, which, he says, made the entire team, including himself, ‘uncomfortable’:

What I should have done was to sit down and talk with him in an attempt to understand his life.

Exactly. Hey, guess what? An article where you’re telling someone to shut up about their lifestyle does the exact opposite, and encourages your ignorant team mates, be they current or past, to do the same, you fucking idiot!

This part is the best:

Away from football, I’m all for any initiative that helps lessen public bias against homosexuality, such as IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia), which was run on Monday.

If you thought suicide was bad among young men, it is four to six times higher for people who are attracted to the same sex. It clearly can be a difficult and lonely road, one that hopefully can be made easier.

“Some of my best friends are gay.” Akermanis has said the sexuality equivalent of, “I’m not a racist, BUT…” If you are aware of this, you ignorant fucking tool, why are you making it harder on them by telling them to live a lie?! It’s articles like this that drive people to suicide, because it fosters further barriers to acceptance, you cunt!

And this is a beauty:

In women’s sport – tennis, golf, cricket, hockey and soccer – being gay carries no stigma.

Does he live under a rock?!

In women’s sport, there is exactly the same amount of stigma. If you are a successful female athlete competing in a male dominated sport, people automatically assume that you’re a lesbian. Furthermore, if you are that same female competing in a male dominated sport and you reveal that you’re homosexual, then your hard work and skills are ignored and the general consensus is that you must naturally have the ability to play a ‘man’s sport’, because you like chicks.

Never in a mall will you see two straight men hugging, a— slapping and jumping around like kids after an important goal.

I have. Where do you go shopping, Jason? Ignorance Street? Conservative Cunt Lane? 1953?

Young people from the ages 15-24 are the main participants in organised sport in Victoria. Some of them must be gay and I hope they thoroughly enjoy their sporting lives without having to experience any form of prejudice.

But if they are thinking of telling the world, my advice would be forget it.

Essentially, this fuckhead is saying someone should keep silent about their sexuality, because it might hurt the fragile sensibilities of those around them. Oh, the poor dears! How dare someone make them feel uncomfortable by being ‘one of them’?

I’m sure that being homosexual and not being able to tell your work mates/team mates about your life or your partner, keeping your personal life a secret from everyone you engage with, pretending that you’re someone you’re not and living with the fear of being found out, is far less stressful than someone else being worried his team mate might be looking at his willy.

Thanks, ‘Akers’, for making it so much harder for gay men in sport to feel comfortable with who they are. I hope one of them ‘accidentally’ knocks you out on the ground this weekend.

UPDATE: Some excellent and far more considered arguments than my own against Akermanis can be found at An Onymous Lefty and Back Page Lead.

UPDATE No. 2: And, surprisingly, this one by Jack Marx. It brought the LOLs, as well as being right on the money.

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Responses

  1. in my final essay this semester i have chosen homosexuality on the sporting feild and will be arguing agains Aker’s. he IS an ignorant, close minded cunt rash. thankfully most people also feel this way and as poles have proven, more than 60% of supporters beleive players should come out of the closet if they are that way inclined.

    power to diversity.


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