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Ian Thorpe’s Revelation confirms It’s Still not Okay to be Gay

July 14, 2014

THORPE PARKINSON INTERVIEW

While Australia’s reaction to Ian Thorpe’s revelation that he is not quite straight has been overwhelmingly supportive, it is self-evident by the very fact that he felt it necessary to remain “in the closet” for so long confirms the fact that in Australia it is still not okay to be gay.

And in the same weekend that Ian Thorpe made the brave decision to be upfront with the Australian public, the very ignorance and homophobia that compels people to be fearful of disclosing their sexual orientation was also on display.

As Geelong AFL player Harry Taylor was carried on the shoulders of his teammates for his 150th game on Saturday night, he farewelled the crowd with a royal wave.

“I am up here getting ready for the game and I’ve just seen that crap from Harry – he’s a big poofter,” Channel Seven commentator Brian Taylor said.

As Fairfax journalist Eryk Bagshaw observed, it was a remark displaying the casual homophobia that still permeates some living rooms, offices, bars and stadiums around the country, only this time it was heard on national TV.

Taylor’s fellow commentators chortled like an old-boys’ club.

The comments, made on the same night that Ian Thorpe announced that he was gay, held up a mirror to attitudes still faced by many gay athletes.

“It goes to the core of the problem that we have in this country,” said Andrew Purchas, founder of the Sydney Convicts rugby club, “The connotation of Brian Taylor’s comments was that [Harry Taylor] was doing something weak and unmasculine.”

It is not the first time Taylor has made a jibe about homosexuality on air.

“I don’t want to offend his upbringing or his parents … but he looks gay,” Taylor said of 3AW colleague Seb Costello earlier this season.

When these dinosaurs are no longer granted a microphone to broadcast their ignorance and stupidity perhaps Australia might be in danger of becoming a better place.

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom R permalink
    July 14, 2014 10:43 am

    I was particularly impressed with our msm for declaring that he had “admitted” he was gay. I wonder if he has “admitted” to any other offenses since then? [sarc] 😦

  2. July 14, 2014 10:53 am

    ” I wonder if he has “admitted” to any other offenses since then?”

    Or “confessed.”

    Has he been to confession yet?

  3. Tom R permalink
    July 14, 2014 11:15 am

    Has he been to confession yet?

    Don’t start it off down that path reb, “buggered” if we know where that’ll end up.

  4. July 14, 2014 11:18 am

    🙂

  5. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 14, 2014 11:35 am

    I often see Brian Taylor in the water on a stand up paddle board. He’s hopeless and I’ll drop in on him in the future.

  6. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 14, 2014 12:48 pm

    good post reb, I hope thorpie gets peace of mind. A masterful interview by parky, I don’t think there’s anyone in australia who could have done it so well. Can you imagine any of the so called journo’s here handling it as sensitively?

  7. July 14, 2014 1:01 pm

    Thanks AO.

  8. July 14, 2014 1:41 pm

    l noticed that it wasn`t good enough for him to be a champion at sixteen for the sick fcuks of teabag-media, that seemed to think they had the `right` to question a `child` on his sexuality.

  9. July 14, 2014 1:47 pm

    ”””dinosaurs are no longer granted a microphone to broadcast their ignorance”””

    what`s the hypocrisy level like at 2gb today.?

  10. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 14, 2014 3:03 pm

    welcome to the new senate, it’ll be like herding cats!

    Same-sex marriage: crossbench senator pushes for conscience vote:
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jul/14/same-sex-marriage-senator-pushes-conscience-vote

    what are his chances?

  11. July 14, 2014 3:53 pm

    guardian””””””””””’He portrayed the case for same-sex marriage as a libertarian issue of small government, saying many Liberals supported his position and should be allowed to vote according to their conscience.””””””””””

    #smells like a distraction to me armchair, personal Liberty issues will always be denied by the teabags, and used as `bartering-chips` in desperate negotiations, not given away on moral grounds (teabag-lite seems no better, based on mr-rabbit/joolya sinking gay-marriage last time)

  12. egg permalink
    July 16, 2014 6:08 pm

    ‘Homophobic slurs cut much deeper than the harshest of tackles for gay rugby player Brennan Bastyovanszky when he moved to Sydney to start a new life 10 years ago.

    ‘He may be six foot and 100kg but names still hurt the 35-year-old Canadian who quit the game he loves for four years because after being ostracized from the team he joined in Sydney once it was discovered he was gay.

    ‘The words and the jokes hurt more than any tackle I’ve ever experienced or any boot that was given to me at the bottom of a ruck – it hurts a lot more, cut a lot deeper and the scars stayed a lot longer,’ he recalls.

    ‘Bastyovanszky participated in the Out in the Fields survey which reveals 85 per cent of gay people have witnessed or experienced homophobia when either playing sport or as a spectator.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2693851/The-words-jokes-hurt-tackle-Rugby-player-speaks-survey-reveals-85-cent-gay-athletes-abused.html#ixzz37cIp4hGW
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