More Heteronormative Behaviour
I received this e-mail within the past 24 hours:
Looking at your blog you’ve written a lot about gay-related topics, but I don’t see something related to sports and corporate sports teams. In the 1970s-1980s, my partner and I lived in the Castro. We are back visiting San Francisco although we hardly recognize it because the people have really changed here since we left. We had dinner in the Castro on Wednesday (the 15th of October). We were surprised to see every television we saw on [edited - the two corporate national sports teams game]. Some of the bars were full and gay guys were cheering at the televisions with the sports game and some were in team clothing. Whenever the local team scored a point, the roar of cheering could be heard throughout the Castro. That never happened when we lived here. When did the SF gay community become into sports and such sports jocks? The gay rights movement was opposed to military and sports because both were oppressive and bullying institutions towards gays. It’s strange to see this reversal when little has changed with either in that regard. Gays are still bullied in sports and discriminated against. The same goes for the military. Have you written about this? I’d be interested in reading it since you live here. Thank you.
Hola, yes I know what you mean. It’s sad what my fellow Queers have become here in San Francisco and nationally (meaning here in The Cesspool/Los Estados Unidos/the US).
There have always been a few GLBTQ people with a genuine interest in sports of some kind, although I personally never knew any of them and still don’t. None of my Queer amigos had any interest in sports when I lived in the District of Columbia or here in San Francisco.
Mi amigos and I were talking about this. This is something relatively new. It’s part of the new corporatist Lotomomised Techie San Francisco where bland, dull, cookie-cutter and corporate are “in.” The GLBTQ herd and their supposed newly-found interest in corporate sports teams is just more of that heteronormative “assimilation” nonsense I’ve written about with GLBTQs trying so hard to be like the gotta-watch-the-game “straights.” There’s nothing else going on in people’s pathetic lives but corporate sports teams and an interest in that? The heterosexuals are glued to corporate sports teams and grunting and screaming like loons at their television sets, so it seems that GLBTQs think they must do the same to “fit in,” be accepted, and to seem “normal” (whatever “normal” is supposed to be mean) to the “straights.” Ugh. Sad. They’ve become corporatised sheeple and proud of it.
I and others don’t understand this obsession over watching overpaid men playing with balls, spitting with huffing and puffing grunting. These are wealthy corporate sport$ team$. Is this part of worshiping the wealthy that some shallow and superficial people feel the need to do? As far as the San Francisco teams are concerned, I don’t think any of the players even live in San Francisco. I read the other day that during “the season” their luxury homes are in Berkeley. Yet they have San Francisco’s name attached to their team.
The gay bars are partly to blame for this corporate sports team indoctrination because they have the games playing on their televisions. I guess they think they’re supposed to do that now because that’s “in” in the new San Francisco? Is that to keep up with the obnoxious sports bar on Market Street which bills itself as gay on occasion (flies no GLBTQ flags), but the pushy “straights” seem to want to take it over as they’ve taken over other gay bars in San Francisco?
As some amigos of mine say, “if only people cared as much about something of a substantive nature that really mattered in most people’s lives as they do about corporate sports teams which really have nothing to do with any of our lives, other than to give the sheeple a ‘feel good’ ugly nationalistic-type rush on occasion.” I agree with that.
I also think that some delusional people who are into corporate sports teams somehow think that makes them “athletic” just because they grunt and scream for a team, even though it doesn’t make them athletic or a “jock.”
On jueves/Thursday night (el 16 de octubre de 2014) when the local team placed to be in the US Series (that’s what it should be called), I heard a little bit of yelling and screaming where I was. It was mostly high-pitched female voices. Very annoying.
Mi amigos and I were also talking about this: Why do people get so excited about something that they have nothing to do with? The public doesn’t play “the game.” All they do is to serve as sucker$ by buying expensive overpriced tickets (to make even more dinero for the corporate owners), by screaming at their televisions, drinking beer, getting drunk and acting like idiots, eating unhealthy food at the stadium and in sports bars, paying $100 to gouging parking lots to park their vehicle near the stadium because they’re too good to place their elitist ass on public transportation. Then when their team wins by a small margin (since the score was 3-3 moments ago), then they start yelling and screaming in high-pitched voices while jumping up and down over something they had absolutely nothing to do with.
Back to your question: Why this interest in corporate sports from the GLBTQ populace? I think it’s also because a gay player or two came out or someone in corporate sports finally publicly said the word “gay” and it didn’t sound like a pejorative. That’s all it takes for some of the gullible gay sheeple to immediately start supporting a team (or anything for that matter) and enjoy being used as an ATM machine by buying their outrageously expensive season tickets and expensive sports clothing.
Meanwhile, gay bullying still exists all across the board including in (corporate) sports locker rooms by obnoxious jocks and others. Gracias for your comment. Chau.—el barrio rosa