Jump to content


Photo
* * * * - 4 votes

Homophobia in football


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
339 replies to this topic

#1 owler5

owler5

    Reserve Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPip
  • 410 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:35 PM

If a footballer did come out as 'gay' would you start or join in homophobic chants? If one of our better players turned out to be gay would your attitude towards them change? I think it's disgraceful that no footballer in the entire top 4 divisions has come out, just because of fear from the fans, why should it matter? It doesn't change there footballing ability or their personality so why should chants be made? It's exactly the same as racism in football which is now considered a disgrace to football so why not this? People may say that it's best for their careers if they keep it to themselves but that's not solving the problem, just hiding it so no one has to worry or care about it, this is stupid and homophobic.

Thoughts? People are entitled to there own opinions etc...

#2 council owl

council owl

    warnock hater

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,881 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:36 PM

Shut it, puff

#3 Massiveowl

Massiveowl

    Youth Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPip
  • 88 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:38 PM

If a footballer did come out as 'gay' would you start or join in homophobic chants? If one of our better players turned out to be gay would your attitude towards them change? I think it's disgraceful that no footballer in the entire top 4 divisions has come out, just because of fear from the fans, why should it matter? It doesn't change there footballing ability or their personality so why should chants be made? It's exactly the same as racism in football which is now considered a disgrace to football so why not this? People may say that it's best for their careers if they keep it to themselves but that's not solving the problem, just hiding it so no one has to worry or care about it, this is stupid and homophobic.

Thoughts? People are entitled to there own opinions etc...

not coming out because of the fear of fans :/ maybe they haven't come out because there not gay ha just a thought

#4 Sam779

Sam779

    Official Owlstalk Wag

  • Sheffield Wednesday Manager
  • 32,812 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:41 PM

OP is obviously a gayer.

blobster.

Edited by Sam779, 19 May 2012 - 07:41 PM.


#5 mirodo

mirodo

    SoCroHoMo

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,155 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

I couldnt care less. If a player is gay, it's not an issue. Whether he plays for us, United or Swindon Supermarine.

#6 fletch3181

fletch3181

    Reserve Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPip
  • 982 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

Ring pirate.

#7 mirodo

mirodo

    SoCroHoMo

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,155 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

OP is obviously a gayer.

blobster.


Says the man who's seen Bywater's wee wee tail...

lol

Edited by mirodo, 19 May 2012 - 07:44 PM.


#8 Foxhill Owl

Foxhill Owl

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2,589 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

I think you OP has had the EYE of a famous footballer,

Gwonn son !!

#9 Harry the Owl

Harry the Owl

    Moderator

  • Banned
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 3,068 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:44 PM

maybe they've not come out so they can still shower with the other players and have a cheeky look

#10 MilanTheMan

MilanTheMan

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 3,773 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:47 PM

Hahhahahahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahaha lol lol lol lol hahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhaha gary megson



Sorry tom, but you've made my night. PMSL

Edited by MilanTheMan, 19 May 2012 - 07:49 PM.


#11 Massiveowl

Massiveowl

    Youth Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPip
  • 88 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:47 PM

i don't think sir tom has a choice these days

#12 Sam779

Sam779

    Official Owlstalk Wag

  • Sheffield Wednesday Manager
  • 32,812 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:48 PM

Says the man who's seen Bywater's wee wee tail...

lol


:biggrin:

It was actually Prutton who saw mine as he talked to me whilst he was urinating.

#13 Foxhill Owl

Foxhill Owl

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2,589 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:49 PM

:biggrin:

It was actually Prutton who saw mine as he talked to me whilst he was urinating.


Some things you don't tel a fans forum lol

#14 Tamworthowl

Tamworthowl

    Reserve Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPip
  • 790 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:50 PM

To answer the question: no I wouldn't chant. I dont care whether our, or any other teams, players are gay. But I agree with MASSIVE, that there are probably very few gays in football: they are just not interested in it. Its the flip side of hairdressing, where they're nearly all gay.

What would bother me is that if a gay player was crap, whenever he gets booed would be seen by the pc brigade as homophobic. Just like when John Barnes was booed playing for England. That wasn't racist: he was crap and didn't produce his Liverpool form.

#15 OxonOwl

OxonOwl

    Team Manager

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,322 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:51 PM

I think some of these posts have answered your question :st2:

#16 Shnozzle

Shnozzle

    Reserve Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPip
  • 139 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:55 PM

To answer the question: no I wouldn't chant. I dont care whether our, or any other teams, players are gay. But I agree with MASSIVE, that there are probably very few gays in football: they are just not interested in it. Its the flip side of hairdressing, where they're nearly all gay.

What would bother me is that if a gay player was crap, whenever he gets booed would be seen by the pc brigade as homophobic. Just like when John Barnes was booed playing for England. That wasn't racist: he was crap and didn't produce his Liverpool form.



#17 Leaping Lannys Perm

Leaping Lannys Perm

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 3,519 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:00 PM

Guy sat behind me in the theatre tonight (yes the theatre luvees) was claiming he slept with a Maltese international footballer.

Funny that this topic came up the same night.

#18 i used to be sc_owl

i used to be sc_owl

    Board Member

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,324 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:02 PM

Assuming there are gay professional footballers; why should they have to "come out"?



#19 Just_Donny

Just_Donny

    Team Manager

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,124 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:13 PM

Assuming there are gay professional footballers; why should they have to "come out"?


This

A player's sexual preference is none of my concern. Not interested in the slightest tbh.

#20 MilanTheMan

MilanTheMan

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 3,773 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:18 PM

Sexuality doesnt mean anything in football. It doesnt make a difference to the player if he is ok with getting a few chants from MINORITIE'S.

#21 cross owl

cross owl

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2,560 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:20 PM

They should come out so that the left wing hand wringing apologists can make even more rules to impose upon fans . Whatever peoples preferences to everything as long as its legal no one should give a rats left buttock . But lets make them come out so if anyone calls them a girls name inside the stadium they should be taken out chastised and shot .

#22 Polar

Polar

    Reserve Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPip
  • 201 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:25 PM

They should come out so that the left wing hand wringing apologists can make even more rules to impose upon fans . Whatever peoples preferences to everything as long as its legal no one should give a rats left buttock . But lets make them come out so if anyone calls them a girls name inside the stadium they should be taken out chastised and shot .


Think you're missing the point. No one's trying to make anyone come out. It's been said that some gay footballers (and there definitely will be some) feel unable to be open about their sexuality due to some of the outdated attitudes in evidence in this thread, which is sadly representative of society as a whole.

#23 cross owl

cross owl

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2,560 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:32 PM

Think you're missing the point. No one's trying to make anyone come out. It's been said that some gay footballers (and there definitely will be some) feel unable to be open about their sexuality due to some of the outdated attitudes in evidence in this thread, which is sadly representative of society as a whole.


football is a partisan sport . If someone's short , tall , fat , thin , bald , long haired people will single them out if they are the opposition to take the mickey . If someone lets say rooney came out as gay . He would get chants aimed at him and man u would also make some up lording him . Doesn't mean they are homophobic just taking the p155 exactly as if he had long blonde curly hair . They don't come out because apart from its nothing to do with anyone they don't want to give people ammunition to lets say chant " rooney rooney give us a kiss "

#24 Mr Farrell

Mr Farrell

    Board Member

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 11,672 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:34 PM

A bit gay this thread.

#25 Polar

Polar

    Reserve Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPip
  • 201 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:34 PM

football is a partisan sport . If someone's short , tall , fat , thin , bald , long haired people will single them out if they are the opposition to take the mickey . If someone lets say rooney came out as gay . He would get chants aimed at him and man u would also make some up lording him . Doesn't mean they are homophobic just taking the p155 exactly as if he had long blonde curly hair . They don't come out because apart from its nothing to do with anyone they don't want to give people ammunition to lets say chant " rooney rooney give us a kiss "


Totally agree. It would definitely happen. But singling someone out for that kind of thing on the grounds of race is rightly frowned upon. Why is this any different? It's an interesting subject for intelligent debate.

#26 cross owl

cross owl

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2,560 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:38 PM

Totally agree. It would definitely happen. But singling someone out for that kind of thing on the grounds of race is rightly frowned upon. Why is this any different? It's an interesting subject for intelligent debate.


if you take the mickey because someone has red hair then no one gives a stuff , this is as genetic as being black , white , gay or straight but that's just classed as taking the mickey so why should being gay which is also just who you are be any different ?

#27 DJMortimer

DJMortimer

    "Ask not what your country can do for you..."

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,725 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:39 PM

Assuming there are gay professional footballers; why should they have to "come out"?


It is estimated that somewhere between 2-5% of the population are homosexual. On that basis, each team would have at least one gay player on average.

#28 Polar

Polar

    Reserve Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPip
  • 201 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:46 PM

It is estimated that somewhere between 2-5% of the population are homosexual. On that basis, each team would have at least one gay player on average.


Although it's a stereotype, I do think there's something in what an earlier poster said about there being less than the national average in professional football. Just like there's more than the national average in hairdressing.

#29 Tyto

Tyto

    Reserve Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPip
  • 363 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:48 PM

If a footballer did come out as 'gay' would you start or join in homophobic chants? If one of our better players turned out to be gay would your attitude towards them change? I think it's disgraceful that no footballer in the entire top 4 divisions has come out, just because of fear from the fans, why should it matter? It doesn't change there footballing ability or their personality so why should chants be made? It's exactly the same as racism in football which is now considered a disgrace to football so why not this? People may say that it's best for their careers if they keep it to themselves but that's not solving the problem, just hiding it so no one has to worry or care about it, this is stupid and homophobic.

Thoughts? People are entitled to there own opinions etc...


I agree completely - and thanks very much for starting this thread. The problem of homophobie in football doesn't get anywhere near enough attention.

From personal experience, I've only ever once heard a racist comment at a football game (although I'm sure racism is still a serious issue and there's still plenty more work to be done), but I've heard a fair bit of casual homophobia. Stuff like fans shouting "poof" and "nancy boy" at players, as if those were acceptable words to use. God knows what it would be like if the player in question actually was gay.

There are 92 league clubs, with dozens of players each. Statistically, there absolutely must be gay players out there. Sure, they don't have to come out if they don't want to - it's their business, and they're entitled to keep it private if they want to. But nobody should be forced to keep their sexual orientation a secret because they're scared it would wreck their career. I'm sure given the choice, most players would rather be open about it, without it making a difference.

Edited by Tyto, 19 May 2012 - 08:49 PM.


#30 Plonk

Plonk

    Team Manager

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,204 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:55 PM

I'm a bit of a titty man myself, however I stave off the need to put this on a tee shirt, twitter, facebook or an advert in the times. So why should a young man (just because he makes a living from football) feel pressured to publicise the fact that he likes his balls tickling even it is by a brickie?

#31 cross owl

cross owl

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2,560 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:56 PM

How is saying poof or Nancy boy casual homophobia . Its not meant to mean that they are gay but to mean that they have neshed a tackle . If some one shouted girl instead would that mean they thought that person was actually a girl . People these days just look for a reason to be offended on someone else's behalf . Gay people use the word poof to mean nesh even when they know that person is straight , or are they being hetrophobic ?

#32 i used to be sc_owl

i used to be sc_owl

    Board Member

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,324 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:59 PM

It is estimated that somewhere between 2-5% of the population are homosexual. On that basis, each team would have at least one gay player on average.


I thought the estimates were higher than that?

In any event it still doesn't mean they have any more obligation to come out than a shop assistant or factory worker.

#33 PopePiusX

PopePiusX

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,951 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:02 PM

if you take the mickey because someone has red hair then no one gives a stuff , this is as genetic as being black , white , gay or straight but that's just classed as taking the mickey so why should being gay which is also just who you are be any different ?


Because there's considerably less history of actual discrimination against redheads, I'd have thought.

I hate abuse of people for their physical characteristics though, regardless of what they are. Both because it's rubbish, but also because I am a grotesquely ugly freak.

#34 PopePiusX

PopePiusX

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,951 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:06 PM

I thought the estimates were higher than that?

In any event it still doesn't mean they have any more obligation to come out than a shop assistant or factory worker.


No. but as it has become socially acceptable to come out, more and more people have, which to me suggests that it's a generally desirable thing to do. If that same level of acceptability doesn't exist within some elements of society, then fewer people are able to live their life as they would wish,

#35 scram

scram

    Board Member

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 34,415 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:08 PM

It is estimated that somewhere between 2-5% of the population are homosexual. On that basis, each team would have at least one gay player on average.


In the anonymous confessions thread i think it was more like 75% gayers

#36 cross owl

cross owl

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2,560 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:09 PM

Apart from the fact that if a child was born in Egypt with red hair they used to throw them off a cliff because it was deemed bad luck or celts mainly had red hair and when the Anglo saxons came they tried to breed them out . Its acceptable in all walks of life to insult people with red hair , don't think it is the same with being gay . Just a thought :-)

#37 PopePiusX

PopePiusX

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,951 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:19 PM

Apart from the fact that if a child was born in Egypt with red hair they used to throw them off a cliff because it was deemed bad luck or celts mainly had red hair and when the Anglo saxons came they tried to breed them out . Its acceptable in all walks of life to insult people with red hair , don't think it is the same with being gay . Just a thought :-)


Well I meant institutionalised and relatively recent, but yes, you're right. But 'X is wrong but Y is also wrong so X is in fact right' is not a solid form of argument.

#38 barmyowl1212

barmyowl1212

    Board Member

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 17,910 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:20 PM

I dont care what they are as long as they do well for us on the pitch!

#39 OxonOwl

OxonOwl

    Team Manager

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,322 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:22 PM

I think I should point out that 'coming out' isn't a matter of "Hey, everyone, I'm gay!!!' but just being able to have a a normal life with a partner of the same sex and to live together or go out together without having to hide it from the media. Any gay footballers have to hide any relationships they have for fear of discrimination at most likely the fans but possibly other players.

They shouldn't have to hide their true selves because of biggots.

#40 Loxley Owl

Loxley Owl

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 3,742 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:27 PM

That Welsh rugby player came out not too long ago. Gareth Thomas?

#41 PopePiusX

PopePiusX

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,951 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:35 PM

That Welsh rugby player came out not too long ago. Gareth Thomas?


Yep, and the ref Nigel Owens.

#42 OxonOwl

OxonOwl

    Team Manager

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,322 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:38 PM

It is quite clear there is a lot of homophobia here. It is no wonder no-one comes out. ffs

Get a life you lot ffs and stop worrying but what other people do in their private lives

#43 OxonOwl

OxonOwl

    Team Manager

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,322 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:44 PM

...and I hope you homophobes are comfortable with Justin Fashanu's life and death

#44 Bannofan

Bannofan

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 3,723 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:57 PM

Think Sweden have included one of the only openly gay footballers in their euro squad, Tobias Hysen.


#45 scram

scram

    Board Member

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 34,415 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:04 PM

...and I hope you homophobes are comfortable with Justin Fashanu's life and death


Yes - very relevant

Some people who are obviously having a bit of fun quite clearly proving they celebrate the death of a young man....

#46 Sonny

Sonny

    Bored Member

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,744 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:07 PM

Assuming there are gay professional footballers; why should they have to "come out"?


Who said they have to? Some of them may want to.

#47 BoomTownOwls

BoomTownOwls

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2,187 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:09 PM

Wouldn't bother me one bit.

I wouldn't care I'd our star striker was a woman as long as she scored the goals.

#48 cross owl

cross owl

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2,560 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:25 PM

Yes - very relevant

Some people who are obviously having a bit of fun quite clearly proving they celebrate the death of a young man....


seriously !!!! So if you make a mother in law joke your laughing at every mother in law that has died . Nearly every p155 take or joke has a generic recipient . I don't think there can be many owlstalkers that hounded him to death .

#49 goodytheowl

goodytheowl

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday Fan
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,081 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:42 PM

Do they really have padded seats at the new Brighton ground, or dwas that a joke on that thread earlier in the week...lol...still makes me chuckle.

#50 @owlstalk

@owlstalk

    First Team Player

  • Sheffield Wednesday FC
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 2,330 posts

Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:42 PM

What a crazy thread...

This is 2012 ffs

People dont' need to come out..

It's only a big deal and an issue (whether someone is gay or not) to those who don't quite understand life and iz a bit fick innit