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Don't Dare Call Zlatan Ibrahimovic Gay


Remember all that speculation that arose last week about the relationship between Barcelona football stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gerard Pique after pictures of the two in a seemingly intimate pose were published?

According to the sports blog Daily Tackle, a female reporter out right asked Ibrahimovic in person if he was gay. The footballer responded to her question quite bluntly: He told her: "Come to my house with your sister and see if I'm queer."

Ok then.

Video of the moment (in Spanish) is AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. nice answer. now down the road when he gives his "coming out" interview, he can say he never denied he was gay.

    Posted by: jefferson | May 9, 2010 4:04:04 PM

  2. yea queer. and maricon = faggot in spanish.

    Posted by: vatm | May 9, 2010 4:14:28 PM

  3. And the translation would be: "...for you to see that I am NOT a faggot" he denied it.

    Posted by: vatm | May 9, 2010 4:17:59 PM

  4. he never said he wasn't gay just that he wanted the reporter and her sister to see for themselves. maybe he wanted them to meet his boyfriend and watch the sisters get it on

    Posted by: walter | May 9, 2010 4:19:48 PM

  5. LMAO - Good for him! The whole thing is silly. If the picture had them kissing it would be something else all together, but even then - who cares. It's nobody's business but theirs! Goes to show we all have a long way to go in our society regarding masculinity. If this picture had been two women, no one would have made to jump to lesbians. Why is it that men can't show any type of emotional support to anyone without it being perceived as gay? Most likely because there is still an enormous amount of male homophobia out there.

    Posted by: Mike | May 9, 2010 4:37:25 PM

  6. Since the guy is actually Swedish, I'm sure his use of the word maricon wasn't meant as an offense in this case. One of the smartest things that gay people did in Sweden was to appropriate the most insulting term for gay and use it to describe themselves with pride. It took the venom out of the term and made it into just another word. Imagine how powerful it would be if we all called ourselves faggots instead of gay! Who could use it as an insult after that?

    Posted by: Claes | May 9, 2010 4:54:46 PM

  7. @ CLAES i use it all the time with my friends, i just don't think that i closeted homosexual (or not) should be hiding behind it, and in the context used it was clearly derogatory. He could well have said no, done deal. and @MIKE if the picture had been that of 2 women I would have said lesbians. And nobody has to get upset for being called gay/lesbian I mean is not like its a bad thing or is it? Now imagine that.

    Posted by: vatm | May 9, 2010 5:14:10 PM

  8. Leave these guys alone!
    Go find something important to do.

    We shouldn't be in the business of outing anyone.

    Posted by: Fred | May 9, 2010 5:33:48 PM

  9. Queer in the derogatory, huh. I don't think he's gay, but if ever called me a queer to my face, I'd snap his neck like a dry twig.

    Posted by: TANK | May 9, 2010 5:40:58 PM

  10. he's "enfadado." well, of course. he's a young boy on the d.l. he needs to get over the bravado.

    Posted by: nic | May 9, 2010 6:48:20 PM

  11. Oh, Tank. So butch! So masculine! You're my hero!

    Posted by: 24play | May 9, 2010 7:08:35 PM

  12. So he still hasn't explained what that intimate moment was all about; and now to prove he's REALLY straight he has to come across as a major homophobic asshole. Nice. Perfect example of homophobia in sports.

    Posted by: David in Houston | May 9, 2010 7:19:30 PM

  13. Why do nancies need to interpret every sign of male-male affection as gay? Are you so bereft of your own sense of security? Do you need validation by interpreting every male-male interaction as gay? Seems like it.

    Maybe you've got what famous author Nancy Friday once referred to as "anxious superiority". You like to pretend you're superior to everyone else but it's simply masking your anxiety, both as gay men and as a community.

    Posted by: jason | May 9, 2010 7:20:52 PM


    Posted by: sal | May 9, 2010 7:25:23 PM

  15. dear Jason thank you for giving our gay big ego's a moment of you time,this fabulous worship moment was nice,you may go now my son

    Posted by: sal | May 9, 2010 7:27:09 PM

  16. One of the problems that many gay men have is that their lives are built on a sex act. It's a vary narrow focus indeed. Weekends are built around bars and sex clubs. If a straight man were to have such a life, I'd call him equally narrow in his focus. It's not a good thing.

    As a result of the sex-zombie mentality in the gay community, many gay men interpret events and interactions between men in a sexual way. It's not suprising, therefore, that what could be simply a gesture of warmth and friendship between two men is interpreted sexually.

    Posted by: jason | May 9, 2010 7:29:05 PM

  17. 24play he's my man gurl BACK OFF!!!lol

    Posted by: sal | May 9, 2010 7:32:02 PM

  18. oOoOoo Jason u so right,OoOo keep talkin papi,my gay self cant control mahself that Shakespeare boo?

    Posted by: sal | May 9, 2010 7:37:59 PM

  19. ummm Jason hunnnn how did you end up on a GAY website?hold up i aint sayin u ya know ....we all know you doin Jebus will and u iz straight lets just say you tripped over your keyboard and poof!!u iz here!! all yall gay haters back off

    Posted by: sal | May 9, 2010 7:47:03 PM

  20. "Come to my house with your sister and see if I'm queer."

    We'll have Cosmos. But tell your sister that I'M the Carrie, bitch.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | May 9, 2010 8:09:31 PM

  21. Tough talk from someone wearing ladies jeans.

    Posted by: GGREEN | May 9, 2010 8:19:39 PM

  22. He may have been born in Sweden, but his parents are both from Croatia, and his father's a Muslim from Zagreb (according to what I've seen). Not a very gay-friendly context, even though Sweden is extremely tolerant. Sometimes people in the diaspora can hold on to home-country views, like the "you come and bring your sister." A very Yugoslav answer.

    Of course he could be on the DL as well, but he would never ever admit it.

    Posted by: KevinVT | May 9, 2010 8:25:21 PM

  23. He's not gay...he was just helping him with his luggage! :)

    Posted by: Come On | May 9, 2010 8:50:32 PM

  24. Jason, be fat somewhere else! Gay "culture" is superficial and myopic blah blah's tiniest violin is playing somehwere off in the distance.

    Butch? LOL! No. Effiminate? No. Unpredictable around bigoted hets? Yes.

    Posted by: TANK | May 9, 2010 10:39:11 PM

  25. JASON, does the fact that people assume that gay people are straight in FAR greater numbers than people assume that straight people are gay upset you to the same level of foaming at the mouth?

    Do you find it as insulting when people assume that a gay person is straight?

    Why do you act as if the mere consideration that a man might possibly be gay is a horrible insult?

    Your ranting and raving seems to require very complex mental acrobatics to come to some of the conclusions you come to.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | May 9, 2010 10:47:18 PM

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