TOUCHDOWN

DirecTV’s Sunday Football Ad Features Gay Sports Fan Couple

directv-football-gay-coupleNow that the Dallas Cowboys have officially signed Michael Sam to their practice squad, it’s time for the NFL to start publicly welcoming its gay fans into the fold.

Shocking, we know. But  gay sports fans are apparently not an urban myth.

To help get things started, DirecTV aired an adorable commercial featuring a gay couple caught in the throes of a heated football rivalry. The ad, unannounced before it aired during Thursday night’s NFL Kickoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks, has been met with an awesome surge of approval online.

“Chris and I have a friendly rivalry,” Dude 1 says in the ad below. “Giants – Cowboys, you know the deal. Sure, we still argue sometimes. But we’re just like any couple, really.”

Kudos, DirecTV. Your next challenge: Deal with the inevitable haters in an even more creative way.

http://youtu.be/1uuXI8ODjDw

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12 Comments

  • Thad1527

    Well…an ad that looks somewhat like gay male couples I know. Like my friends in Rochester who have Bills season tickets. Or acquaintances in Washington who have the best Redskins viewing parties. I still don’t know if they’d go crashing through doors on a regular basis.

  • SportGuy

    That is actually a pretty cool commercial! Glad to see they had the balls to advertise this! Pretty much looks like the guys I hang with when we have football watch parties and tailgate before games. Good job Directv.

  • AtticusBennett

    you should post your instagram pics of those guys whom you regularly have football-watching parties with, “Sportsguy”

  • gjg64

    I wonder if the actors are actually gay or not…..not sure if that would matter but I’m curious.

  • Kidomega123

    @gjg64: I would venture to say that it doesn’t matter at all.

  • enlightenone

    @AtticusBennett: No offense, but you remind me of Rachel Maddow v. Conservative Christian Republicans, but keep inviting/challenging “Sportsguy.” Personally, I prefer a man that contrast me to some degree, not some oversized, sweaty dick neanderthal – Chris Kluwe, Colin Kaepernick, or LL Cool J/Todd Smith would be nice choices.

  • wpewen

    As I kid I liked playing better than watching, sorta like porn.

  • Ridpathos

    No gay men would make that much of a mess in their living room. But I like the commercial.

  • Cagnazzo82

    This is a great commercial. If it were aired during the superbowl it would certainly get tongues wagging.

    But it’s so balanced and purposefully meant to normalize I’d imagine most of the usual bigots would have little to latch onto here.

    I would like to see more of this. I would certainly watch a show that featured a couple like that.

  • Paul Nadolski

    Gay sports fans are definitely NOT an urban myth; I am one who is very definitely looking forward to hockey season. Go Blackhawks!

  • Saint Law

    He’s hugging him like he loves him.

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