Gonzaga's "Brokeback" chant

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 17 02:57:20 UTC 2006

I understand completely.


On 2/16/06, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at csli.stanford.edu> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: Gonzaga's "Brokeback" chant
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> On Feb 16, 2006, at 1:52 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> > That article is appalling on many levels. When spectators used to make
> > monkey-like sounds and gestures when certain black players were on the
> > floor, no one tried to justify any aspect of it. As one who is
> > Jesuit-trained and who once considered joining the Order, I am
> > embarrassed.
> when the spectators did this, their church was not teaching that
> black people are a lower order of creation from white people, closer
> to monkeys.  the church is in fact now teaching that homosexuality
> (well, a homosexual inclination) is an "objective disorder". when you
> plug that teaching into widespread folk beliefs associating
> deviations from extreme masculinity with effeminacy, weakness, and
> homosexuality, you have a recipe for these sorts of crudely (in the
> chanting) or elegantly (in the article) homophobic taunts.
> arnold, in a dark mood
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