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Is 'Right Behind Gay Footballers' an Appropriate Slogan for an Anti-Homophobia Campaign?

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Some LGBT rights groups are not having the slogan put forth by the anti-homophobia "rainbow laces" campaign, which is encouraging pro footballers to wear rainbow shoelaces in support of openly gay teammates, the Evening Standard reports:

The campaign is being run by gay rights charity Stonewall and bookmakers Paddy Power who have sent sets of multi-coloured laces to all professional clubs in England and Scotland asking players to wear them in support this weekend. However the group 'Football v Homophobia' say it withdrew support for the campaign after the bookmaker refused to change the tag line.

A statement from the group said: "Our discomfort is with the reliance on sexualised innuendo and stereotypes about gay men. We feel it is incongruous to run a campaign aiming to change football culture whilst using language which reinforces the very stereotypes and caricatures that, in the long term, ensure that homophobia persists."

It also claimed that the slogan has provoked homophobic remarks on the bookmaker's Facebook page.

It remains to be seen how many players will get on board with the campaign though it has received the support of Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton.

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  1. The short answer is no, it's not.
    Weren't Paddypower the ones who also had the transphobic advert? This company needs to get out of the '70s. Their support is not welcome if it's just taking the piss.

    Posted by: danswon | Sep 19, 2013 8:14:09 AM


  2. Ammunition for the enemy, unfortunately. Perhaps "support" could have been used...such as "we support...". Maybe "trust"? Anything avoiding the anal intercourse metaphor. Not good as is.

    Posted by: Geoff | Sep 19, 2013 8:41:50 AM


  3. Tight end. Wide receiver. Get it? Hahaha!

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Sep 19, 2013 8:55:07 AM


  4. Totally inappropriate.Paddy Power is just taking the piss, having a laugh.

    It's completely a laugh at our expense.
    What fool would allow Paddy Power with his double-entendre near our rights or our demands for equality.
    Some idiot is responsible for allowing this stealth homophobia.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 19, 2013 9:18:18 AM


  5. You guys missed the point. First of all Paddy Power is and Irish owned site that is actually using "paddy" which is an epithet against Irish people, They do tongue in cheek advertising, so dont take it to seriously or personally. Libertards ruin everything.

    Posted by: Jerry | Sep 19, 2013 9:21:51 AM


  6. ALSO attacking allies...only gays do that. Think about it.

    Posted by: Jerry | Sep 19, 2013 9:23:23 AM


  7. How about "I'm a gay athletic supporter"?

    I am hesitant to criticize of Stonewall (assuming this is the UK gay rights group and not some other organization)and would guess Americans are lilely to take more offense about this than Europeans. I say give this brouhaha a pass.

    Posted by: Charlie | Sep 19, 2013 9:32:31 AM


  8. How about "I'm a gay athletic supporter"?

    I am hesitant to criticize of Stonewall (assuming this is the UK gay rights group and not some other organization)and would guess Americans are lilely to take more offense about this than Europeans. I say give this brouhaha a pass.

    Posted by: Charlie | Sep 19, 2013 9:32:31 AM


  9. Paddypower reaches a certain demographic. I think it is a positive inroad. Yes, I understand they could have been more formal but that isn't who they are. They are bookies!

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 19, 2013 10:10:31 AM


  10. Well I like it. It wouldn't be appropriate for FIFA to run a campaign like this but Paddy Power is known for taking the piss.

    Accept it for what it is, have a laugh and take the positives from it.

    Stonweall's within its rights to be wary about associating itself with stuff like this (it has a reputation to consider), but there's nothing stopping your average gay guy (and our straight allies) from getting on board.

    Posted by: Hass | Sep 19, 2013 11:21:58 AM


  11. The problem is that the Adam Carolla crowd think any reference (however contrived) to anal sex is hilarious. These are the people who think "shoving their lifestyle down our throat" is terribly clever day after day for twenty years now.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 19, 2013 11:54:45 AM


  12. I laughed. Really I don't think there's really an issue. Time and time again we're seeing Americans get all offended and up in arms about things the rest of the world looks at and thinks is either funny or normal. Seems pretty in line with the sense of humor from that area of the world to me.

    Posted by: SteveP | Sep 19, 2013 1:32:17 PM


  13. Are we seriously whining about this?

    If they support us openly and honestly, then yeah they can make a mild double entendre about it.

    I think it's great.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 19, 2013 5:40:07 PM


  14. I'm not offended by this at all, they are doing good work, and the sexual innuendo makes it fun.

    I find the whole notion that gay people should pretend to not like sex so that straight people will like us to be way more offensive than some tongue-in-cheek line from a gay organization.

    Posted by: Ben | Sep 23, 2013 4:22:28 PM


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