It’s not surprising two Australian TV sports commentators are in hot water after making homophobic remarks about male ice skaters at the Winter Olympics. Many of the figure skaters’ frilly outfits are strikingly femine.
Eddie McGuire and Mick Molloy’s comments include describing routines as “Brokeback Mountain” exercises and even joked about organizers being shocked at discovering one skater was not gay.
They then added the non-gay skater was unlikely to be controversial and flamboyant U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir because he wore a black and pink outfit while holding a heart-shaped cushion.
The comments have sparked a backlash in Australia where the Channel Nine regulars have gained a reputation for their schoolboy humor. Dozens have complained to the TV station while others have started a Facebook page called “Eddie McGuire is ruining the 2010 Winter Olympics coverage.”
As they watched a procession of skaters appear in ever more outrageous outfits, Molloy remarked: “They don’t leave anything in the locker room these blokes, do they?”
To which McGuire responded: “They don’t leave anything in the closet either, do they?”
The pair said Daisuke Takahashi’s outfit reminded them of the Oscar-winning gay cowboy film “Brokeback Mountain,” the Oscar-winning film about two gay cowboys.