Straight people kissing at the Olympics is more ‘acceptable’ than two men hugging
When the Daily Mail published an article criticizing two British divers for their ‘intimate hug’ last week, many said it was clearly homophobic. Others disagreed.
But those people are eating their words as the paper has proven how it responds when two men share intimacy to when a man and a woman does it.
On the Mail’s front page today, it shows British cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny kissing after winning golds in their respective events.
The headline was ‘GOLDEN KISS’.
This is a far cry from when two British divers, Jack Laugher and Chris Mears, won a historic gold in the synchronized 3m springboard.
The headline was then: ‘Steady on chaps! Britain’s victorious synchronized divers hug for joy after winning gold – while China’s bronze medalists settle for a manly pat on the back’.
On social media, many pointed out how this shows how casual homophobia is alive and well in 2016.
Daily Mail clears up the issue of ‘acceptable’ Olympic celebrations pic.twitter.com/4bIClQmSuK
— Alastair Jamieson (@alastairjam) August 17, 2016
Dear Straight People. This is what we mean by casual homophobia. You might not see it, but we certainly do. pic.twitter.com/XRUPBN9Ga3
— IncrediblyRich (@IncrediblyRich) August 17, 2016
Daily Mail tomorrow has a straight couple kissing on the front page HETRONORMATIVITY IS RESUMED THANK GOD THERES NO MORE MEN HUGGING
— alexington (@lxthrdg) August 15, 2016