I wasn't going to blog about this. I really wasn't. But then one of the men in the photo had to open his mouth and say something stupid and homophobic about the picture and, well, reluctantly. I knew I had to write something about it.
The two men in question are Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gerard Piqué. They are teammates at the world-famous Barcelona C.F. soccer team from Spain. And, unless you live in the United States, you probably would not have been able to escape this image or all the random conjecture about the soccer players' sexuality.
Considering the media whirlwind that followed, I certainly understood why they were trying to keep silent. Thursday, though, a female reporter from Spain's Telecinco caught up to Ibrahimovic - the dark-haired guy - and asked what he thought of the photo. The soccer player simply replied "Come to my house and you will see if I'm a fag, and bring your sister as well".
It would have been so easy for him to laugh off the suggestion he is gay. Or to challenge media and their homophobic reactions as they gleefully played up that two soccer players from the Barcelona team might be gay lovers. Instead, Ibrahimovic lashes out at the reporter, uses a pejorative word to talk about gays and, in anger, offers to fuck the reporter and her sister to 'prove' he's not gay.
THAT'S why I decided to write about this incident after all. No, I still don't think that the photo above proves anything about either man's sexuality. But Ibrahimovic's reaction certainly proves that he is thin-skinned, homophobic, misogynistic and an asshole, to boot.
Or, in other words, welcome to yet one more example of the rabid homophobia that still exists in soccer.
- Cristian Sancho in Romeo magazine (April 12, 2010)
- Soccer players in love (April 11, 2010)
- Homophobia in soccer, Part 74: When a kiss is not what it seems (Sept. 19, 2009)
- Homophobia in soccer, Part 71: Maradone vs. Pelé (March 30, 2009)
- Homophobia in soccer, Part 70: Dalasso and his cybercheating (May 17, 2008)
- Homophobia in soccer, Part 69: Honduran coach Edwin Pavón (May 6, 2008)
- Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo says he is not gay (May 6, 2008)
- Homophobia in soccer, Part 67: Luciano Moggi and Jorge Luis Pinto (May 3, 2008)
- Trans panic in soccer, Part 64: Ronaldo's big night out (May 3, 2008)
- Homophobia and racism in soccer, Part 65: Hugo Sanchez (March 31, 2008)
- Homophobia in soccer, Part 64: Hernan Dario Gomez (Nov. 16, 2007)
- Los Dogos: World gay soccer champs (Sept. 29, 2007)
- Soccer player "outed" in Peru as Argentina hosts gay soccer tournament (Sept. 26, 2007)