Whoa, hey now. No one has ever associated MMA and to a greater extent the UFC, of being homoerotic. Nope, absolutely nothing homoerotic about two muscular, sweaty and almost naked dudes rolling on top of each other. Ok, ok, yes MMA has been poked fun at in this regard a million times over. It is an easy target and if you’ll excuse this pun; the butt end of many jokes. But let’s get serious. MMA is no more sexually explicit than basketball or baseball. Saying MMA is homoerotic, because of all the close, semi-nude contact is as valid as saying basketball is homoerotic because off the all ball handling.
Journalist, columnist, bloggers and such, tend to be a very opinionated bunch. Strange, who would’ve thought? CBS college basketball reporter, Seth Davis, tweeted earlier this week his thoughts on MMA.
“Looking on news sites showing picture of two muscular bloody men in homoerotic fighting pose….Sorry, I’ll never get this UFC thing. Maybe I’m a prude on this but I’m also a dad. I don’t mind my sons watching boxing, but I wouldn’t want them watching a UFC bout “
I’m not sure who should’ve been more offended by this. Obviously the millions of UFC fans, along with the entire UFC industry. But who else might be offended? I don’t know, maybe the gay community. Because in the tweet, he said he’s okay with his son watching other violent sports, just not ones that may have gay undertones. Did it also ever occur to Davis, that maybe by calling the UFC homoerotic, he unwittingly made a random association? Come on, not every gay person may want to be associated with a sport that encourages and promotes violence.
Davis’s tweet came off as insensitive, arrogant, and ignorant. I realize Davis is entitled to his own opinion, but voicing your opinions yields consequences. After his tweet, Davis saw that the MMA community hit back, he also may have forgotten the tiny fact that CBS is partners with MixedMartialArts.com. Naturally, Davis tweeted an apology.
“The tweets were stupid and careless and you are 100 pct right to call me out. Appreciate and respect your work & passion.”
Davis may have been forced to apologize or the man did have a genuine change of heart. Either way, he tweeted his thoughts, no harm done other than Davis pissing off the MMA community for about two minutes.