There’s homophobic bigotry afoot at the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles rugby league club in Sydney, and inevitably it’s the Eternal Cannibal to blame:
The Manly Sea Eagles have been thrown into turmoil ahead of their Thursday night contest against the Sydney Roosters, after a player revolt over their pride jersey.
Seven players have sensationally stood down after the club announced the pride jersey – featuring rainbow stripes and trim – would be worn as a one-off this week.
The seven recusants, or recalcitrants, are Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley.
They are all brown men, Pacific Islander Christians except Saab who is half Nigerian raised by a Lebanese stepfather, so Muslim, and in the Current Year climate it takes quite a lot of nerve for them to say “nope not playing in that shit”, while the ridiculous Anglo players parade around gaily in the jerseys and later collect their match payment:
— Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (@SeaEagles) July 24, 2022
PM Tony Albanese has never said a single interesting thing in public life, and doesn’t disappoint:
It’s a good thing that sport is more inclusive,” Mr Albanese said.
Mr Albanese said Ian Roberts, the first Manly legend and the first NRL player to come out openly as gay in 1995, showed courage.
“He wasn’t the first gay man to play rugby, I’ll give you the big tip, [but] he was the first to be able to have the courage to come out — and that paved the way for others to do so,” he said.
“It’s important in Australian society that we respect everyone for who they are.
Federal Minister for Sport Anika Wells is making her point with a reference to some pop group:
As Minister for Sport I’ve been asked to comment on the Manly Sea Eagles, club uniforms are a matter for clubs but I think Macklemore said it best already – it’s all the Same Love.
— Anika Wells MP (@AnikaWells) July 25, 2022
Based and unintentionally based reactions:
Huge respect to the Manly Sea Eagles players who decided to stand up to having political messages pushed down their throats and onto their fans.
The constant campaigning has eroded most of the goodwill that originally surrounded pride events.
— JB (@Jbeardmore) July 25, 2022
Omg, as a Storm fan, never thought I’d say this – I’m loving Manly Sea Eagles at the moment.
7 players refusing to wear pride jerseys this week.
Loving their defiance of the club’s virtue signalling! 🤣🦅🦅🦅
— Liz (@Liz4NOmandates) July 25, 2022
Manly Sea Eagles should replace the 7 homophobe players with 7 of the most extravagant, flamboyant gay men regardless of their football ability just to piss off the others off.
— steve_philp (@steve_philp) July 25, 2022
7 Manly Sea Eagles players refuse to play in their upcoming game on thursday because of the clubs decision to wear a Gay Pride jersey.
Maybe people are simply sick & tired of having this LBGTIQWTF constantly shoved in their face ?
— Russ Connor (@RussConnor3) July 25, 2022
BREAKING: The Manly Sea Eagles have released a new outfit for their upcoming game.
— Kurt Mahlburg (@k_mahlburg) July 26, 2022
Good idea Kurt.