Douche of the Week

Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow Take Vow Of Silence Over LGBT Support

Each week, Queerty picks one blowhard, hypocrite, airhead, sanctimonious prick or other enemy of all that is queer to be the Douche of the Week. Have a nominee for DOTW? E-mail it to us at [email protected].

Believe it or not, today’s Douche of the Week is a bunch of muscled jocks who wear tight pants that show off their gorgeous physique. No, we’re not talking about the chorus boys in Anything Goes: it’s the Denver Broncos—and quarterback Tim Tebow in particular.

Earlier this week Queerty reported that the Broncos declined to make a video for the It Gets Better campaign, despite a petition with more than 8000 signatures pleading with them to do so. Apparently the team (or its management) felt they already do enough by supporting USA Network’s “Character’s Unite” campaign—which doesn’t even mention any specific support for the LGBT community.

Tebow, in particular, could’ve scored some points by filming a IGB clip: A true-blue Christian, the superstar QB is still dealing with the blowback for the Super Bowl ad he did for Focus on the Family.

It’s not for nothing that Rick Perry fancy himself the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.

To date, Tebow hasn’t allowed his publicist to make any specific comments on his stance on  same-sex marriage or gay rights in general. Not even saying that nobody should be persecuted or harassed for their sexuality. Even anti-gay GOP bigwigs can manage to spit that out.

All together now: What a pack of douches!

Images via Julio Enriquez, Jeff Kern, Jeffrey Beall, JGlover

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  • Cam

    Well we all know that Tebow is a hypocrite who doesn’t actually do what the Bible says.

    ““And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:5-6)”

    So he violates the instructions in the Bible everytime he showboats. Probably a closet case like all the other men who pretend to be overly religious and not interested in “Wild Girls”

  • Mike in Asheville

    I am no Tim Tebow or Broncos fan — I am aghast that there are any so-called Christians who pray and give thanks to God/Jesus for millionaires to score more touchdowns so they can earn even more millions, all while there are children throughout the world who go to sleep every night hungry, without shelter, and TLC. The stench of hypocrisy — as in these so-Christians neglecting Christ’s teachings — stinks just as much for Tebow and the Broncos.

    Nonetheless, I do not fault Tebow for being silent on gay rights issues or for not making an It Gets Better spot. Certainly it is an issue for our community, and we have garnered much national support. But there are other important issues for other communities that garner the support within those communities. Should not Tebow and the Broncos be the ones to choose which issues and campaigns they wish to devote their energies?

  • the crustybastard

    There people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.

    And in vain they worship Me, teaching — as doctrines of God — the commandments of men.

  • Joetx

    Do the Broncos really believe the fundies will abandon them if they make an It Gets Better video?

  • ousslander

    Why should he make a video or a statement? and if he doesn’t bow down to you, he should be nailed to the cross. I think there are way more important things to care about.

  • Alan brickman

    Hey Tim! Christianity also about compassion and tolerence..what are you practcing again???

  • ~R~

    @Mike in Asheville: agreed. not a fan of either but I don’t find their silence on the issue insulting or particularly douchy (sp). they haven’t come down in comment on either side of the fence as far as I know so snappy judgements will get us nowhere. It is assumed that because Tebow is vocal about his beliefs he must be anti-gay. this may be the case but it also may not be. we do know his stance on abortion but has he said anything on LGBT issues? As far as I know, he hasn’t. also, we should not regualte the charities celebrities support. everyone should be able to good for those they wish to do good for. forced sentiments hardly seem sincere.

  • south Central Fag

    WTF! Why in the world would we want the Denver Broncos To make a “IT GETS BETTER” video, just the thought of it is mind boggling.It seems to me that The Denver Broncos Association have made their stance known on how they stand on gay rights ,by how they market themselves as a holy team lead by their “MOSSES” Tim Tebow. What type of message would that send to the LGBT youth, that someone can say yeah were anti-gay but to not seem anti-gay we will do some thing pro-gay.

  • christopher di spirito

    Tim Tebow sucks. He throws like a girl. His accuracy on the field is appalling. He falls apart under pressure.

  • Marie Cohn

    Dr. Schadenfreude is getting ready for the inevitable T-BLOW! sex scandal headlines!

  • Robert in NYC

    As far as I know, Jesus Christ NEVER condemned homosexuality. How convenient these so called “christians” ignore…”judge not lest ye shall be judged”. These people claim they believe what the bible says which means they must also believe in polygamy (condoned in the old testament), the killing of women for adultery and children for insolence, along with a lot of other nonsense they take literally. In my opinion, you either believe it all or you don’t believe at all, no cherry picking. He probably believes the world is only 6000 years old and flat or that a camel can go through the eye of a needle.

  • MikeE

    @Robert in NYC: To be fair, however, the Bible never says that a camel can go through the eye of a needle. The exact quote is: “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” It is a metaphor.

  • Bryan

    I don’t think anyone should be petitioned to do an IGB video tbh. Would you rather Tebow bowed to pressured and did a vid which would obviously not be heart-felt? Seeing as he’s a Bible thumping Christian, there’s a high chance his views on homosexuality isn’t something the LGBT community would want to hear.

    I think Tebow refusing to take a stance on the gay issue isn’t actually kinda sensible, if he came out and took a negative stance, I could easily see the young, idiotic, impressionable sports fan that idolize him also follow the same views. He probably doesn’t have anything nice to say about us, so I think it’s much better this way, silence.

  • iluv2luv

    @Ohhhhhhh no.:
    It’s like everybody around has to show that they love gay people. Grown up people!

  • Corn&Porn

    So—has every other sports team in the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB made such a video? They must have, right? Because if not, they’d all be “douches of the week,” right? Um, no. As is demonstrated by all the venom being spit out by the mean girls in the above article and comments, Tebow is simply a convenient target because of his open religious beliefs, something that gays find horrifically threatened by, for some reason.

    Is it now the status quo that everyone come to our defense, lest they be deemed an enemy?

  • DenverBarbie

    @Ohhhhhhh no.: @iluv2luv:
    OmG! RiGHt? It’s like gay people aren’t in the middle of any kind of political/social turmoil right now, why should anyone voice support and compassion?! Those gays are so selfish when all I want is to watch that hottie Tebow throw a ball around a field. He’s sooo hawt! He could Tebone me any day!

  • Kyle

    Tim Tebow is the typical gay or bi dude, who if even wasn’t closeted, and was a regular 9-5 guy, could care less about gay rights, gay marriage, gay people, gay bullying, etc. He would be more interested in appearing ‘straight’ and acceptable, and not associate with gay people, or precieved gay people at all. He would be homophobic, cracking gay jokes and the like, and of course not associating with gay people. Not even being friends with them because ‘a bird of a feather flock together’. He would hit the gym reguarly (6 or 7 days a week) and hook-up with guys discretely (many and often) from the gym all while assumably having a girlfriend. I see these types of guys everyday. There are tons of these types of guys. Tons.

  • Pocket Otter

    @Kyle: Yeah, you wish. Revel in your little fantasy, because that’s all it is. What did he ever do to you to deserve such an opinion?

  • Kyle


    Why does everything have to be an acronym nowadays? The Internet, Facebook and Twitter have destroyed the English language, and worse, made people intellecually lazy.

  • Kyle

    @Pocket Otter: What the fuck are you talking about? That I don’t see guys like Tim Tebow? Join a gym you stupid asshole. You’ll see.

  • Kyle

    @Corn&Porn: Yes, they are douches as a matter-of-fact.

  • DenverBarbie

    @Kyle: Unfortunately! Internalized homophobia (and subsequently, internalized sexism) is the pits!
    Though, Tebow doesn’t seem closeted. Just a straight, white, all around privileged man with a surprisingly limited worldview.

  • Kyle

    @DenverBarbie: Probably. Who knows. I get gay vibes from him, but who knows.

  • stevoj

    if they don’t want to do a video then let them be. this whole round-a-bout way of investigating a FUCKIN’ FOOTBALL TEAM’S stance on homosexuality is unusual and out of place

    the whole point of that message is to promote a sincere dialogue of perseverance and struggle. it is meant to show little LGBTQ boys and girls that no matter what they are going through now, it gets better

    strong arming a sports franchise into fundamentally replicating (not actually supporting) this campaign makes no sense whatsoever

  • Kyle

    @stevoj: I agree. I honestly could care less about the opinion of some douchebag who throws a ball for a living and makes millions – which is offensive in-of-itself. There should be petitions made protesting their paychecks.

  • dasder

    All religions including the ideas of gods, goddesses… are human constructs.

  • michael

    Tim Tebow is a total closet case. There have been rumors galore. I didn’t think much about it until I read an interview where he said he doesn’t date women because of his morals and that’s when I knew because the Bible doesn’t prohibit dating.

  • Tim

    Queerty needs to learn to write clearer headlines.

  • vdanker

    I love it when sanctimonious, self righteous people like this display their ignorance of the bible they hold so dear.

  • Steven

    @Robert in NYC, @MikeE: It’s pretty evident at times when Jesus talks in parables, but he never condemned the Old Laws and in fact upheld them in plenty of cases. It was later that early Christians started doing away with some of their associations with Israel.

  • LandStander

    @Robert in NYC: It is also not talking about what I’m sure you are thinking about. Here are a couple ideas on what they may have meant.

    “…the eye of the needle, a small door fixed in a gate and opened after dark. To pass through, the camel must be unloaded. Hence the difficulty of the rich man. He must be unloaded, and hence the proverb, common in the East. – EW Bullinger

    “The Aramaic word gamla means camel, a large rope and a beam. The meaning of the word is determined by its context. If the word riding or burden occurs then gamla means a camel, but when the eye of a needle is mentioned gamla more correctly means a rope. Thus “camel” would have been translated instead of “rope”.” – George Lamsa

    PS. I do not believe the bs in the Bible, I just wanted to point out what the camel and eye of the needle story was referring to.

  • Robert in NYC

    @Steven: Did he actually uphold the quote in Leviticus or make reference to it, you know, that man should not lie with a man nonsense that right wing religious bigots use to justify discrimination against us?

  • Robert in NYC

    @Steven: So did he actually uphold that infamous quote in Leviticus, the one that the right wing religious bigots use to justify discrimination against us? I’ve read the new testament and I’ve not see any reference to him upholding that particular verse.

  • Mike in Asheville

    @Mikeson: And what, pray tell, Mikeson, are you doing trolling a gay blog? Checking out a hot cock or ass? Hmmmm? Or, perhaps, you are just so ignorant from being “drug” out? Shithead.

  • Marcus

    Every one does not have to make a it’s get better video.Why ask a guy to make one when you know he is anti- gay

  • Ian

    I’m no fan of football or American football culture. I’m definitely no fan of any player doing prayers on the field. Still, I don’t see how the for-profit business called the “Denver Broncos” “owes” anyone any type of public service announcement. This is way too PC for me. (And I’m one of those “raging liberals”. But this is a non-story)

  • Jack

    Tebow=DL Gay. Sorry but not many straight bois go around kissing other men on the lip or feeling up their behinds. Pray for him to find peace within and accept the gay boy he was born to be. Nothing but pure love for the sick and ailing.

  • Sterling

    @Alan brickman:

    Does tolerance mean that you have to embrace a culture you disagree with and actions you believe are wrong? If someone thinks bestiality or pedophilia is ok, should I have to bend over backwards to tolerate that behavior even if I believe it is wrong?

    Yes, I have compassion for people of all beliefs, race, creed, etc. I believe everyone should be able to live however they want, so long as that doesn’t infringe on other people’s freedoms, but that doesn’t mean I condone their actions. I wouldn’t make a video supporting a lifestyle that I believe is harmful to the people living it. I wouldn’t say pornography is ok, I wouldn’t say homosexuality is ok. Tim isn’t gay, he doesn’t know if “it get’s better,” it would be dishonest of him to actually go on there and endorse them by basically saying he is something he is not.

  • Interesting

    if he were a black guy, no one would be defending him.

  • MKe

    USA Network charachters unite program? huh? no we’ve never heard of that.

  • tjr101

    Tim Tebow seems like the type that would think the likes of Palin, Huckabee, Santorum, or Bachmann would make great presidents. He already feels he has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body. It’s laughable to think he can be any sort of ally to the LGBT community.

    He’s just another privileged prick that thinks jeebus is on his side.

  • kyle




  • kyle

    And sorry but not everyone has to agree with you. To each his own.

  • Kyle

    Lose the name douche bag.

  • Kyle

    @Sterling: bestiality, pedophelia, pornography…another creepy “straight” guy thinking about children, animals, and porn while trolling a gay website.

  • Jim

    Wasn’t this blog earlier saying that “It gets Better” videos from sports franchises are rather corny and superficial? This blog decries the commercialization of the message, which I understand. However, this blog is now calling this franchise a bunch of douches for not making a cheap and commercialized video.

  • Tackle

    So just because someone may disagree with what they think is a gay life-style and refuses to do a it gets better campaign, they are all of a sudden (in Queerty’s mind) the enemy of GLBT people. Hell I don’t blame him for not doing a it gets better campaing. Talk about “hypocrisy”. Does it really get better for gay and men?? Many gay men over the age of 35 dont think so. Having the wrong type of body at any age: well, it wont get better until you get a somewhat buffed out hard body, and then your value will go up.

    And for thoes youngsters who are Black, Asian, and Hispanic with
    dark skinned. Dr. Kings dream of being judged by the content of your character will fall way short within the GLBT community.

    For thoes who are transgendered and other: and decide to be who they are, you’re bound to face a shitload of discrimination and marginalization by the G in GLBT. But please don’t let that stop you from expressin and being who you really are.

    And thoes who have become HIV positive or who develope AIDS. As many upon many have testified from where and who they felt the most discrimination from. The G’s wont let you down.
    Many of us expect someone to campaign and be on our side while we actively and without shame discriminate with our own??? Drum roll now. Because so many will hold on to their innocence. Oh yeah, it gets better all right. My ass….

  • Interesting

    Why do homophobes troll around for sites to comment on?

  • me

    The real douche here is Queerty.

    Just because some one is asked by us to do something does not make them beholden to do it.

    This is an outragous article.

    Tebow is a religous nutter, let him be.

    Until he comes out and says something homophobic he does not deserve to be the DOW…

    So for being a bully I hereby nominate Queerty for next weeks douche of the week!

  • Michael

    @Tackle: Sorry but I don’t have much sympathy for people who wine about overweight people not getting respect yet they sit on their fat asses, drinking as much soda and eating as much sugar as possible.

    I used to weight 220 pounds and wore a size 40. But I started watching what I ate and now I’m down to 165 w/a size 30. It takes a lot of will power to eat right and none to stuff your face and then cry about how nobody wants to have sex with you.

    Grow up and get off of your fat ass for a change.

  • christopher di spirito

    The Buffalo Bill whupped Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos 40-14 today. I guess the Baby Jesus likes Buffalo too, huh Timmy?

  • Charles

    We gays have been around since the beginning of time. Language and terminology may change but our existence never does. Today’s modern terms are “homosexual” and “gay” as well as the less than colorful uhhmmm descriptions. These ALL are recent words used in the place of the original ancient wording of “Natural Eunuch”. In this Jesus did speak of us. It was during a debate with the disciples about marriage and giving into marriage.

    Matthew 19:12 states:

    King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
    For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

    In this statement “For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb” we are acknowledged as who and what we are but NOT condemned as such. Yet at the same time this is not a green light to live hedonistically either. It is those of us that continue living in loud and in your face hedonism. It is those of us that hand our detractors and naysayers on the Religious Right the weapons to use against us on a proverbial silver platter. This is where the real change needs to take place in order to finally get true equality. Our local movie producer here in Baltimore (John Waters) sees this and laments its coming. That’s because his early movies have helped the religious right paint a REAL screwed up picture of us gays as a whole. In this, for real change to actually come, this change needs to come from within.

  • Kurt

    Tebow is annoying, a flash in the pan, and not what anyone who is actually intelligent would consider Christian. He’s not hot, sexy, or even cute and he’s the stereotypical stupid jock and a media whore.

  • Henry

    The best way to preach the good news is example; I don’t think Tim is modeling the parts of Jesus I most admire. Condemning sin is fine but comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable is also. He never condemned gays but certainly preached helping the poor: not a noticeable characteristic of anti-gays.

  • Zack

    “Its get better” was more personal in the start with real people telling their own story. Now is just the thing to do if your somewhat known.

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  • Kyle

    Tim could do WHATEVER he wants to me.

  • Kyle

    Go eff yourself, Kyle. You are my nemesis.

  • Kyle

    I think I’m having another schizoid moment.

  • dina powers

    Tim Tebow is ugly.

  • Eddie

    I am a gay man and I find no fault in Tebow not getting involved in the hoopla that is voicing his opinion on gay marriage. Tebow adding his opinion will do nothing to change the state of things. Furthermore, just because Tebow doesn’t support gay marriage doesn’t make him a hypocrite. If his faith is against the practice of homosexuality, it makes sense that he would be against gay marriage. DUH!!!!! We should already know how he feels about the whole thing. Come on guys. GET A GRIP!!!

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