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Jonathan Vilma Explains Manliness On Twitter

JonVilmaIf you're confused, undecided, or otherwise uncertain about gender roles and their meaning in modern society, fear not: Jonathan Vilma, linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, has taken to Twitter to clear things up. Last night, seemingly out of the blue, he Tweeted:

Grown men should NOT hav female tendencies. Period. [sic]

This bit of wisdom was re-Tweeted by fullbacker Vonta Leach, of the Baltimore Ravens. According to OutSports, when a fan objected to Vilma's editorializing, Vilma replied:


So, that settles that.

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  1. Note to Vilma and Leach: Hey, idiots, who asked you for your opinion anyway?

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 29, 2011 12:35:53 PM

  2. More to the point, grown men shouldn't be dumb as posts, but Vilma and Leach didn't get that message.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Dec 29, 2011 12:38:50 PM

  3. Hey Vilma? Yes Betty? Vonta go to da Bwontosaurus Boogers. We get hamboogers for Fwed and Bahney. Dey order us thwooh mailhorder bwide catalok but den day spent all dair time tweeting eech utter. ужасный!!! Fwed say he has period. *phhuii*

    Posted by: Vonta Humpalot | Dec 29, 2011 12:39:02 PM

  4. i think this is one of those men that confuses being uncultured, uneducated, uninteresting, and generally plebeian with being "manly."

    we've all seen it before, in different forms:

    he's not manly, he's just illiterate and unable to appreciate art.

    you're not "str8-acting", you're just so boring that nobody would ever imagine a gay man could be so devoid of personality.

    you're not a Patriot, you're a crotchety racist who misses segregation.

    you're not 'mature for your age', you're just one more adolescent who listens to bob dylan.

    you're not "eating a real man's meal" (herman cain), you're just going to die of heart disease from an unhealthy diet.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 29, 2011 12:50:39 PM

  5. Relax people. He was obviously referring to Michelle Bachmann's husband.

    Posted by: Free Speech | Dec 29, 2011 12:52:45 PM

  6. Men who wear tight ass pants and slap other guys behinds shouldn't be lecturing about any kind of "tendencies". period.

    Posted by: gaylib | Dec 29, 2011 1:00:22 PM

  7. Can we bring back video of Scott Fujita being hot and awesome? That is football news worth spending time on. A reminder, if anything.

    Posted by: kris | Dec 29, 2011 1:11:49 PM

  8. It's comical really just how ignorant guys like this are, in what they believe makes a "real man." I'm pretty sure severe cases of misogyny and ignorance don't fit the description. But when you grow up and associate within an extreme hyper-masculine world and hyper-masculine energy, many lose a sense of how real people operate.

    Most of these guys who attack those who they perceive as not manly enough are so far from being real themselves that it's really a wonder how they feel in a position to judge others.

    Of course, there are those, as Kiwi put, who are just uncultured and uneducated beyond reproach. I'm guessing Mr. Vilma is one of those individuals.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 29, 2011 1:20:14 PM

  9. Who?

    Posted by: The Milkman | Dec 29, 2011 1:23:01 PM

  10. Real men don't worry about whether or not they are seen as being "masculine". Real men have a range of behavior and characteristics, but all share an essential decency and capacity to love. It's pretty simple, and possibly even Vilma might understand if someone explained it to him in such a way that none of the words had more than one syllable.

    Posted by: justinw | Dec 29, 2011 1:41:26 PM

  11. "Grown men should NOT hav female tendencies."

    Right. Because otherwise, he has a VERY difficult time deciding who to f*ck.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Dec 29, 2011 1:42:41 PM

  12. He's right of course.
    Now what do I do with my female "tendencies."

    Posted by: uffda | Dec 29, 2011 1:42:55 PM

  13. i smell a closet case!!!

    Posted by: mattsy | Dec 29, 2011 1:55:01 PM

  14. Ahh, tweeting - the venue for instantly revealing your own ignorance. As someone posted in the Kelly Clarkson thread - better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 29, 2011 1:55:10 PM

  15. He is a black man with a job and not in jail. His sexual behavior and HIV status is unclear, but he is beating the statistical odds for his cohort. I bet he feels really successful in life.

    Posted by: congratulations | Dec 29, 2011 1:55:34 PM

  16. Where's "Jason"? He's the authority on being MANLY!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 29, 2011 2:02:23 PM

  17. We all knew we wouldn't make it through the comments on this story without one racially suggestive comment. No surprises there.

    BTW, Vilma posted another tweet about 45 minutes ago:

    "So of course the homosexual men get sensitive to my tweet and respond all ticked off. RELAX I was not referring to u guys"

    I'm wondering if the man is this much of an idiot, or if his account has been hacked.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 29, 2011 2:09:37 PM

  18. "SHUTUP." Now there's a witty retort.

    Posted by: JOE 2 | Dec 29, 2011 2:10:00 PM

  19. Black folks shouldn't act ignorant -- but as we can plainly see, there's always a few that help support any stereotype.

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 29, 2011 2:14:37 PM

  20. Hey Vilma...Real men don't Feed thier Huge Egos by CHEATING on their wives,and Gf's......and have Numerous children out of wedlock...ohh, my bad..or is that ONLY Basketball playas'?

    Posted by: Gay American | Dec 29, 2011 2:15:06 PM

  21. Each day I despise Twitter more.

    Posted by: Tintin Malfoy | Dec 29, 2011 2:22:52 PM

  22. Being a hater, doesn't make you straighter!

    Posted by: Greg | Dec 29, 2011 3:30:41 PM

  23. I'm willing to bet he's showered with more men than I have...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Dec 29, 2011 3:41:55 PM

    I respectfully agree !

    Yo Vilma, lay off the droids .

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 29, 2011 3:54:55 PM

  25. @Mike: I'm sure he has, but that's definitely not a female tendency. Who knows really what he meant?
    Maybe some buddy pissed him off by acting moody (reminding him of PMS) and tweeting this was his way of telling him to chill out (one of a thousand wild guesses I could make).
    Making such a general statement makes him sound steeped in ignorance, the same as if he's said black men should NEVER have white tendencies or Southerners should never have Northern tendencies. But he surely had some experience that ticked him off. Without sharing what that is and attributing negativity to whatever he considers "female," he just sounds like an idiot.

    Posted by: Gregv | Dec 29, 2011 4:10:43 PM

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