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Jason Alexander Thinks Cricket Is 'Gay:' VIDEO


Jason Alexander appeared on Craig Ferguson's CBS show last Friday and during a discussion about various athletic games, the actor described cricket as a "gay sport." Why? Well, the players wear white, don helmets "for no discernible reason" and apparently he finds the cricket pitch too effeminate.

"You know how I know it's really kind of a gay game? It's the pitch. It looks like nothing — if you slow it slow motion, it's kind of a —" Alexander says before offering an exaggerated rendition. "It's the weirdest… It's not like a manly baseball pitch; it's a queer British gay pitch."

As for Ferguson, the host described cricket as a cross between popular period drama Downton Abbey and baseball.

The video should be cued up to the start of that specific conversation, but if it doesn't work for you, fast-forward to the 8:46 mark, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Jason who? Nice rug though.

    Posted by: Donald | May 31, 2012 12:06:34 PM

  2. As someone who's played both cricket and rugby a lot in the past (in summer and autumn/winter respectively), I can attest that cricket is by far the scarier of the two sports. Having someone bowl a rock-hard cork ball at you at speeds in excess of 90mph is much more terrifying than having large men tackle you (something of which I am generally in favour off the pitch), and definitely requires thick padding and a helmet. The "limp wrist" Jason Alexander talks about is in fact a method of giving the ball spin so it bounces unpredictably when it hits the crease in front of the batsman, and while it's generally slower than fast-bowling it still averages out at about 50-60mph.

    He doesn't know what he's talking about. Cricket rules as a sport to play, though Test Matches are unbelievably dull to watch.

    Posted by: Rugbypup | May 31, 2012 12:17:46 PM

  3. "Rick comes from the J. Edgar Hoover/Roy Cohn/Larry Craig wing of the homosexual underground...great tradition"

    Is Rick closeted? I never get that impression, just that he wants nothing to do with the gay "community" as it exists now. So, while phrases like "Far Left ideologues" have me rolling my eyes, he makes a good point:

    "I don't know what you people expect. You(and GLAAD) applaud shows like Modern Family that reinforce the image of gay men as being limp-wristed, lisping, cowardly sissies.......and then act offended when someone lampoons gay men as, well......limp-wristed, lisping, cowardly sissies"

    How about addressing that instead of ad hominens?

    Posted by: Henry Holland | May 31, 2012 12:54:10 PM

  4. I've played naked games with other men that were less gay than cricket. But there is a difference when we use language to demean. If he can out and said that he'd played naked games with men that were less gay then I would give him a pass.

    Posted by: terry | May 31, 2012 1:13:26 PM

  5. "You(and GLAAD) applaud shows like Modern Family that reinforce the image of gay men as being limp-wristed, lisping, cowardly sissies.......and then act offended when someone lampoons gay men as, well......limp-wristed, lisping, cowardly sissies"

    "How about addressing that instead of ad hominens?"

    I'll address it. The characters on "Modern Family" are specific characters and are in context. Within the gay community there are indeed limp-wristed lispers and sissies, as well as as masculine men as you could find, but apparently, Modern Family has chosen to give the Stonestreet character some nelly traits because they think that is funnier. I personally don't like that choice. I think it is using gay stereotypes for easy laughs the way "The Bird Cage" did, and somewhat facile acting on Stonestreet's part, but I imagine some latinos don't like Sofia Vergara's exaggerated accent either. But they are specific characters and should not be used to represent all gay or latino people.

    With Jason Alexander's using the "gay" adjective, completely out of context, he isn't talking about a specific sissy person, he is characterizing and mocking all gay people as sissy, idiotic and frivolous.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 31, 2012 1:16:28 PM

  6. i got a snarky response from him after telling him that using gay as a derogatory description is offensive

    Posted by: Steve | May 31, 2012 1:16:40 PM

  7. "Rick comes from the J. Edgar Hoover/Roy Cohn/Larry Craig wing of the homosexual underground...great tradition"

    No, actually I come from the Dave Kopay/Gareth Thomas wing.

    Those of us who don't see homosexuality and masculinity as fundamentally incompatible the way you do, Derrick, those of us who, unlike you, have not turned themselves into pseudo-women after internalizing the very stereotypes we are talking about here and believe yourself to be fundamentally lacking in masculinity and therefore dance like a little puppet the way homophobes want you to, pretending that you are being "defiant" by doing so, when, in reality, you are just another self-hating queen with no self-esteem putting it on display for all the world to see.

    Posted by: Rick | May 31, 2012 1:19:29 PM

  8. ever notice how the insecure gay men who can't stop complaining about "effeminate gay men" never have the balls to put a face and name to their comments?

    exactly. they can't because they're not empowered, they're not "manly" by any stretch, and they still live each day like cowards - looking over their should in fear of what The Straights are thinking about them.

    Just once, just ONCE, i'd love for even one of this site's resident insecure trolls to put a face and name to their claims. If you're so masculine, and so empowered, and so unafraid why continue to hide?

    oh, that's right. because you live vicariously through an anonymous profile. that's not manly. that's what wimps do.

    they always prove me right. they're such real masculine men that when push comes to shove, they always run back to hide in their closets. sissies indeed.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 31, 2012 1:29:55 PM

  9. Wow. I am disappoint.

    Posted by: Randy | May 31, 2012 1:30:25 PM

  10. @Dastius Krazitauc And what about Glee? Will and Grace? Sex and the City?

    All prissy queens, just like those in Modern Family.

    You might have a point if there were some balance out there--if, say, McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O, or some other tough cop, were cast as gay--but such characters never are.

    No, the ONLY thing we ever seem to get is limp-wristed sissies.

    And incidentally, just because some gay men are like that, it is not a reason to want any gay men to be portrayed that way.

    You know, there is a reason that the "stupid" character in any commercial now is a white male--it is because if it is a woman or a member of a racial minority, the company that created the commercial will receive all kinds of flak for it.....

    Ditto for the "bad guy" in TV shows--How often is the "bad guy" black any more?

    Gay men have basically allowed themselves to become the clowns of network television and we are being laughed AT, not with....and the culprit is clear--activists who delusionally believe that America is going to endear itself to "gender-non-conformists" when it will never do anything but laugh at them as the clowns they are.

    Posted by: Rick | May 31, 2012 1:39:07 PM

  11. Jason is one of the most gay friendly people I know. This was a mistake.

    Posted by: russ | May 31, 2012 1:42:33 PM

  12. openly gay actor BD Wong played gay character on two acclaimed series for nearly 2 decades. Oz. Law & Order SVU. in roles that the wimps here would have to deem "non-stereotypical"

    why doesn't he count? oh, that's right. He's chinese american. you only care about whites.

    oh well.

    the funny thing is this - the gay men who live in fear of "gay stereotypes" and come on here to spew anger about them are sissies themselves. stop worrying about what The Straights are thinking. that's what wussy little boys do before their balls drop.

    and if you're such real men, prove it. provide the URL to your own page. but you won't, because you can't, because you're simply not man enough.

    so keep up the anonymous hate. it won't make your better, it won't make the lives of the gay men you loathe worse.

    you're drinking poison and waiting for other people to die from it. they won't die. and one day you will, realizing you've wasted your life by living in fear.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 31, 2012 1:47:17 PM

  13. "And what about Glee? Will and Grace? Sex and the City?"
    I'm not sure if that is a result of the producers or the writers, or the networks insisting on those portrayals for comedy shows. The reality shows also tend toward that type when selecting "real" gays. But that is not all there is. Have you seen the gay character on "Happy Endings"? The ones on Brothers and Sisters, Oz, Torchwood, QAF, Six Feet Under, One Life to Live, Days of Our Lives, As the World Turns? There have been a good variety of gay types on TV.

    But this is off topic. Back to Jason Alexander, please...

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 31, 2012 1:55:11 PM

  14. i repeat - if you 'haters of effeminate gay males' are so manly how come none of you can show yourselves?

    being angry that an "effeminate guy" isn't as scared of straight guys as you are only makes you the real sissy.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 31, 2012 2:02:40 PM

  15. @Darius Krazitauc It's not off-topic. Not at all.

    Jason Alexander is a Hollywood liberal. Most of the people who produce and cast these shows are Hollywood liberals. And they go out of their way NEVER to portray other minorities in a stereotypical fashion. ONLY gay men are portrayed that way.

    And I have absolutely no doubt that most of these Hollywood liberals (like liberals in general) view gay men much the same way that the general public does--as masculinely deficient and therefore not deserving of social respect, even if they should not be denied fundamental rights of citizenship.

    That is what I am referring to when I say that until the culture changes, whatever poltical battles are won (and those have been few and far between) will be largely of symbolic value and not have any real effect.

    Your point about some of those other shows is fair, although the gay characters in them were all a little "tainted". The "Max" character on "Happy Endings", for example, was plenty masculine enough--but he was never shown with a love interest except in one episode.....and in the season-ender this year, ABC undid all the good it did with Max by putting him in a band with a bunch of flaming queens called Mandonna and having them play at a wedding of two other flaming queens.

    The couple on "Brothers and Sisters" argued constantly, as did the couple on "Six Feet Under"--and one of those was stereotypical while the other had serious anger issues that seemed to have to do with his sexuality. The guys on "Oz" were not really gay--they were just in a classic prison relationship.

    I don't know about the daytime soaps, since I don't watch them.

    I just want to see some truly masculine guys with normal lives portrayed as gay, for once....and I am just not seeing it.

    Posted by: Rick | May 31, 2012 2:09:48 PM

  16. Rick sure loves himself some confirmation bias.

    What about Oz? The Wire? The Borgias? Game Of Thrones? All of these shows have or had seriously kick-ass gay characters. Shameless, Spartacus, Dr. Who/Torchwood, Kings, True Blood, The Tudors, Weeds, Battlestar Gallactica, Nip/Tuck, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos... masculine homos in every one.

    Perhaps Rick can't afford cable?

    Posted by: Mousie | May 31, 2012 2:21:06 PM

  17. Boring fat man in wig apparently trying to be "edgy." Pathetic. Calling cricket gay and the assertive way he stated it: as dated as the tv show he was on. It's disappointing that the host was too lazy to question/challenge to his comments -- I thought Ferguson was cooler than that. Probably just bored out of his mind having to get thru the segment with that has-been.

    Posted by: Bill | May 31, 2012 2:32:39 PM

  18. Wow, Towleroad deletes comments because you take their "writers" to task for posting a stupid, irrelevant story, that makes us into whiny babies?

    Andy Towle, I expected so much more of your blog. If you can't handle criticisms about Andrew, don't have him write.

    Posted by: steve | May 31, 2012 2:34:09 PM

  19. i don't know any liberals that have any problem with gay people of any type. only conservatives.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 31, 2012 2:36:04 PM

  20. LITTLEKIWI: I know plenty of liberals who have problems with gay people. Not with the existence/equal rights of LGBT individuals, but there are definitely ignorant liberals who expect certain things from our community. One's political identification does not guarantee how enlightened they are on issues. I've been a disappointing "gay friend" for many because I didn't live up to the stereotypes they expected and desired (which made me wonder if they just wanted me as a pet in the first place). In addition, the sons of liberals that I endured while in scouts were willing and eager to scream "faggot" at me to let me know that being (perceivably) gay was not okay. And this was in West LA. Liberals can be just as bad as the conservatives we vilify.

    Liberal means nothing. It's just a word/label. Actions speak louder than words.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 31, 2012 2:47:29 PM

  21. then they're not actual "liberals", mateo.

    i'm not talking about political affiliation, i'm talking about a core set of beliefs and outlooks.

    disappointing gay friend because you weren't "stereotypical enough"?

    yeah, i'm rolling my eyes at that one, sugar.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 31, 2012 2:55:20 PM

  22. "No, actually I come from the Dave Kopay/Gareth Thomas wing."

    Oh, yeah, and if Kopay and Thomas are uncomfortable with the diversity of the Gay world then they come from that Hoover/Cohn/Craig wing also.

    Henry Holland,

    I don't know whether Rick is openly Gay to his family, co-workers, neighbors--and I don't care. Based on his comments on this blog he has a hatred (and maybe phobia) of Gay men who have traits, mannerisms, speech sound considered stereotypical or "noticeably Gay". That's the main motivation of what drove vicious people like Hoover, Cohn & Craig.

    Some homosexual men like Rick don't say it but they actually have their own policy of "Don't ASk, Don't Tell". They claim to be out of the closet but to have "peaceful" brief interactions with other people they depend on those folks not knowing that they are Gay.


    If for thousands of years feminine males have been spit at, tortured, raped, forced out of their own families, murdered-- and still refused to "butch it up" WHAT makes you think that the vicious criticism of some WANNABE masculine homosexuals are going to change us? You AINT impressed with us, and we surely AINT impressed with you.

    "self-hating queen" hunh?

    A self-hating queen who accepts diversity on this planet, or a misogynistic, racist, paranoid homosexual who hates anybody on the planet who is not like him.

    I accept the queen's crown, Rick.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 31, 2012 3:10:39 PM

  23. Sadly, without the support of comedy writers, Alexander is merely a pathetic actor starving for relevance.

    Posted by: parkrunner | May 31, 2012 3:28:45 PM

  24. Does there exist anything weaker or more delicate than the heterosexual male's ego?

    Posted by: Bill | May 31, 2012 3:41:34 PM

  25. @Bill: People who post these non-stories continue to turn us into a bunch of over-sensitive PC sissies. MAN UP BITCHES.

    Posted by: steve | May 31, 2012 4:04:18 PM

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