Further to the post about Akermanis and his comments about gay players, the club has given him 24 hours to decide between playing for them OR keeping his media job [his family’s future].
Responding to the media pressure, the club has caved in and there has been a massive response from the public.
I know this is not a specifically UK issue nor an American issue and yet it is very much our issue too.
These sum it up:
dominic Lombardo Posted at 5:37 AM Today
The electronic vote indicates that 75% of the population supports Akermanis and does not want him sacked. What this really means is that the majority of family orientated decent Australians repudiate the filth of homosexuality.
Comment 35 of 236
Bill Dennis Posted at 5:27 AM Today
We are living in a changing world that demands well thinking individuals to stand up for equal rights and justice for all. Akermanis’ opinion clearly stands in opposition to the change we need. If he is not ready to support gay team mates in today’s world, then he needs to do the right thing and bow out.
Comment 34 of 236
Alec Watson of Hawthorn Posted at 6:04 AM Today
Political correctness gone mad. Surely people can see what he was trying to say, if you’re gay and a footballer best to keep it under-wraps as it could jeopardize your career.
Comment 37 of 236
Steve of Mentone Posted at 6:24 AM Today
If Akermanis is punished over what he said in his article, I would say, as a gay man, that this is terribly wrong. I was not in the least offended by the article and I never felt he was in any way attacking gays.
Comment 40 of 236
Jim Reeves of Melbourne Posted at 7:15 AM Today
It appears that in our society, gays and Muslims share hallowed ground. They are beyond reproach and beyond criticism. In fact, both groups, highly entitled in their own way, have hijacked the public’s right of reply and converted our politicians into quaking cowards. Akermanis made a statement of fact with nothing but good intentions, and has been crucified by the media as a result.
Comment 45 of 236
saints supporter of Oakleigh Posted at 7:38 AM Today
The leaders at the bulldogs are taking this too far, this is political correctness gone to far, taking away a persons right to free speech, just because they are scared as to what the public might say, some people understand what Jason was trying to say.
Comment 50 of 236
Billy of Sandringham Posted at 8:05 AM Today
When will all these politically correct wa##ers like the lefties who have infested the AFL realise that the vast majority of sensible people are laughing at you braindead conformists. Your shallowness is revealed by your demands for diversity of all things – except opinion.
Comment 62 of 236
… and so on. The thing which strikes me is how this battle for civilization is now in every developed country in the world – yes, I also saw these sorts of things at le Figaro and Spiegel. There is no doubt we’re up against these “braindead conformists” and faux fighters for freedom.
The comments above are in an Australian newspaper and yet they could just as well have been in the Telegraph or Mail.