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Nice one, Brainspore.
i’m straight, and although i played football in high school, i don’t think i’ve ever managed to sit through an entire televised game. boooring. a gay friend was ripping on me last week because i didn’t know the teams in the superbowl, “god, you are such a snttbg!” so, there’s that.
As a person who is not into sports, if the SB was more like this I would totally get into it.
You forgot Ass Jets. That’s an image that’ll stick to the inside of my brain for a while. That and Ass Browns.
And Ass Saints sounds best of all! (Though I must say, Ass Giants does make me think.)
You have to admit, out of context, that is a very sensual looking hug. The hand on the back of the head, the hand on the breast, the hips thrust together, groins touching..
Best part is the kicker (Pat McAfee) used to ride my school bus! So pleased to see him as part of the happy couple.
You might not want to call them gay to their face.
That’s not the part that I was aimed at anyway.
“You might not want to call them gay to their face.” Why not?
I took this post as the idea that the reason this picture is funny or ironic stems from the consensus that American football is a very masculine sport played by violent people with probably a lower then normal percentage of gay players. From my experience, unless you are good friends, even jokingly calling these guys gay to their face might not be healthy for you. There are people like that. Might is a keyword too. They might not care. I assumed people would know what I meant. Of course, I try to be a nice guy and am also a skinny dude that breaks easily.
I am also honored to have a post commented on by 2 BoingBoingers!
Well, except the guy to the right whose name that is.
In related news, Homophobic news site changes athlete Tyson Gay to Tyson Homosexual.
A bit on the nose, don’t you think?
Ha… I’ve been calling Super Bowl Sunday “National Homoeroticism Day” for years now!
You know, it’s really wrong to tar all football players as homophobic. For example, Saints Linebacker Scott Fujita is outspokenly pro-Gay Rights and Pro-Choice as well.
As for the photo, I don’t find it funny, particularly. I DO find it SEXY.
@Xopher: Thanks for the info. Worthwhile.
Irony, I love thee so.
Hm, I didn’t think it was funny – I thought it was sweet.
Really dude? I mean, c’mon. For one thing, too easy. Second, still?
Sometimes the low hanging fruit is the ripest.
Right … because any physical contact between two men must mean they’re gay. And it’s funny to point that out in this case, because being gay is shameful, but since know these guys aren’t REALLY gay, it’s just funny to call them gay. You know, kind of like it’s okay to call Obama black because he’s light-skinned, wealthy, and speaks with a rich-white dialect.
Geeez, laugh much?
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“And it’s funny to point that out in this case, because being gay is shameful, but since know these guys aren’t REALLY gay, it’s just funny to call them gay.”
Except for those who *are* gay.
“You know, kind of like it’s okay to call Obama black because he’s light-skinned, wealthy, and speaks with a rich-white dialect.”
Wow, that makes no sense at all. I’m glad I’m not USAmerican–I wouldn’t want to see everything through the hazy prism of race.
Little uptight, aren’t you? I’m queer and I thought it was hilarious.
It’s not because them touching makes them gay. It was just the way everything fell together in the picture that made it funny. Geez. No one is specifically calling them gay. Open your mind a little.
Sorry your team lost yesterday, Loraan. :(
The huggers are apparently Pat McAfee (#1) and Matt Stover (#3). The Saints guy to the right is Randall Gay. (Wow, Randy Gay. It doesn’t get any better than that.) (Except that apparently he goes by ‘Blue’ rather than Randy. Oh well. ‘Blue Gay’ isn’t bad either, especially if you know a little Russian.)
Maybe you all knew those things. But I’m not a football fan and I’ve never heard of any of these people before.
Xopher, actually, the most sexualized name in big-league sports can be found in baseball: Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson.
Drat, if he went with Blue instead of his family name it would have been hilarious.
This will only stop being funny when an openly gay player is accepted by the NFL and its fans. Until then it is hilarious because of the context of their outrageously homoerotic behaviour in the face of their even more outrageous homophobia.
Anonymous #8: openly gay (former) NFL player Esera Tuaolo. And a ukulele player, ftw! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esera_Tuaolo
Did you read the part about his book and fight against homophobia in the NFL? Only proves my point
It’s interesting that people on the outside of this sport automatically classify male physical contact that doesn’t include hitting each other as “gay”. Football players don’t seem to have a problem with these practices – you see things like this all the time, including swats on the behind.
It’s not a football issue, it’s an issue for homophobes who wouldn’t want a man within ten feet of them, much less touching them. Maybe football players are more evolved than non-sports players in the sense that congratulatory physicality isn’t seen as “gay”, it’s seen as merely a way to give a “pat on the back” for good performance. Look to your own homophobic propensities and try to get the f*** past them, don’t assume them of others.
Right on, TuesdayWeld! I’m sure you, like me, are waiting for the rest of the world to adopt the terrific Arabic custom of men holding hands in public.
I’m also waiting for Mancrunch commercials to be allowed during the Superbowl. Until then, I’ll keep enjoying the Best Superbowl Photo Ever.
Interestingly, if you watch American silent films, you see men hugging and holding hands all the time, presumably reflecting real life behavior. The gay panic thing seems to have erupted in the 1920s or later.
The gay panic thing seems to have erupted in the 1920s or later.
The 1920s actually saw an increase in acceptance of homosexuality, at least in big cities, though there was a bit of a backlash as well. See Wikipedia: Roaring Twenties, Pansy Craze. The Wikipedia article credits this to Prohibition, but Europe apparently had a blossoming of gay tolerance as well in the 20th century’s first couple of decades. Then fascism and the war washed it away.
I sometimes worry that we’re going to see that bit of history repeat itself.
Yeah right, football players are more evolved on the issue of homophobia and male contact – you are completely backwards on this one. Football players actively engage in homoerotic behaviour in the face of overwhelming homophobia which is what makes it all the funnier. I won’t go so far as to say that their propensity for gay bashing is a reaction to their own self-loathing but until I see football players actively accepting openly gay players…well, it just makes it hard to think that they are somehow ‘more evolved’ on this issue and not self-hating closeted gays
Meh, I thought this SuperB owl photo was better:
To provide a thoughtful context for this photo, I give you:
I, for one, welcome our new lace-up crotch overlords.
Ever notice that most NFL teams sound hilariously gay if you add “ass” to the name? Think about it: Ass Oilers, Ass Raiders, Ass Cowboys, Ass Chargers, Ass Packers…
“Ass Ravens” just doesn’t have much of a ring to it. Neither does “Ass Colts”, for that matter. Some days it sucks to be from Baltimore.
@Brainspore- thanks for taking this post where it was trying to go the whole time- to The Land of Awesome.
Skipping the whole “If men hug they must be teh gay” silliness,
THESE were the best photos from the Superbowl
(ok, on the first point, if you think you can only hug someone you would like to boink, you have a problem.)
@wygit: Yes, adorable.
You might be trying to pitch them to the wrong crowd, though. I might be wrong, but I guess that the BB readership leans more strongly than average toward the view that the Superthingy is a ridiculous, overhyped, overblown Circus Maximus.
The public on field behaviour is the minor tip of the iceberg, football culture from high school up to the NFL includes a great deal of homoerotic behaviour most of which takes place off the field and is similar to frat hazing. NFL players are smart enough and/or controlled enough to not publicly demean gays (too much) or assault them physically but the environment is very unfriendly to gays – only three players have ever come out and then only in retirement. At the college and high school levels you see plenty of verbal and physical abuse being more or less sanctioned.
As the pinnacle of football culture the NFL has a responsibility for what it fosters in the ranks of its aspiring members – they need to take the lead in making homophobic behaviour unacceptable in football.
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