Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Know How I Know You're A Played-Out Cliche?

I know that when I write too many sports posts in a row that some of my readers get hives, but this one's gay too. Also (since this paragraph is apparently Caveat Central), you should know that I adore Deadspin as a sports blog and the folks who write for Deadspin. I even love the Deadspin commenters a good 75% of the time. But it's that other 25% where things get...dicey. Embarassing, even.

Such is the case today with the seemingly throwaway post about footballer (or soccer-er, if you're so inclined) Ben Cohen (the frequently ogled Ben Cohen, if you're so inclined) throwing a, for lack of a better word, Gay Day as a tip of the hat to his significant block of gay fans who supported him for so long. Pretty cool, right? Admirable and progressive, particularly for a pro athlete, yes? [EDIT: Okay, so he plays rugby and not soccer. What am I, factually accurate?]

I winced as I went to check the comments, because Deadspinners tend to get gross when speaking on matters of race, gender, or sexuality. They seem to mean well, but in a very "not that there's anything wrong with that" way. I hate to reinforce the stereotype of the fratty locker-room jock when talking about a site that more often than not transcends that image, but looking at the comments...okay, first of all, it reads like Open Mic Night at the Yuk-Yuks Gay Panic club. I mean, Better Midler jokes? Judy Garland? "I love my dead gay son," without any context whatsoever? It's like being in a room full of bro-dawgs trying to find an Anchorman quote for every situation, no matter how ill-fitting. In short, it wasn't even offensive. Just kind of embarassing. It's like they all thought they were auditioning for a job on the Jimmy Kimmel Live writing staff (and: there's a strike on, people! Pencils down means pencils down!) Anyway, by the time you check the link, these overused "gems" may have already been snapped up, but just in case they haven't, commenters could have also posted:

(the aforementioned) "Not that there's anything wrong with that!"
"You know how I know you're gay..."
"It puts the lotion in the basket!"
"I wish I knew how to quit you, Ben Cohen!"
A Lance Bass reference
An Elton John reference
A Dumbledore reference
A Cristiano Rinaldo reference
A Vito Spatafore reference
An Alex Rodriguez reference (whoops, too late)
A "balls flying at my face" reference

7 comments:

Jacob said...

A "balls flying at my face" reference

WORTH IT.

Joe R. said...

Only -- ONLY -- if you follow it up with "Well there goes your social life."

Anonymous said...

Slight correction on your blog, he actually play's rugby!

Joe R. said...

Ha! That's perfect. Thanks!

Coleen said...

Wait, since when did Lotion in the Basket become a gay reference? Because we use that all time to refer to general creepiness.

Joe R. said...
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Joe R. said...

Well, sure, but if you see gay people as generally creepy, then...you see?

It's a played-out reference, regardless. You should really stop using it. I'm only trying to help you.