This counts as small potatoes compared to the politics of this winter Olympics. Canada is getting flack over the alleged insensitivity of the brilliant little ad produced by the Canadian Institute of Diversity poking fun at the implicit homoeroticism of the sport luger doubles in which spandex clad same-sex teams lie on top of each other in what might be known as upside down doggie style.
And wouldn’t you know it? It’s the Americans who can’t take a joke. “They’re making fun of our sport for their cause and it doesn’t really make a lot of sense to me,” said Christian Niccum from team American. “If I were to go hug my dad and someone took a picture and showed it in really slow motion, they could use it in a video like that and that’s just ridiculous. It’s my dad. Can’t we show affection to each other without it being some sort of sexual contact? This is sports. It’s the same thing. Why does it have to be like that?”
Besides the subtle differences between hugging your dad and gyrating back and forth with your legs straddling another man, Niccum’s argument is still ridiculous.
His teammate Preston Griffall (awesome name, btw) sounds a little more sensible, saying, “We’re two dudes, laying on top of each other in spandex. Of course people are going to make fun of it.”
In case you missed it, here is the video in question, which as of this post has 4.7 million YouTube hits:
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