Commotion surrounding a Dutch TV special
Gay-rights organization COC isn’t pleased with the coach of AFC Ajax, Frank de Boer. In a BNN promo, regarding a special about homosexuality within the world of football, De Boer says: ”If you look at the gay man, I think, he is somewhat less sporty, most of the time. The motor skills, normally, usually stand out when you look at gay people. Perhaps that’s the reason.”
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He said that in a response to the question why there are so few gay people in (Dutch) professional football. COC now wants the coach to apologize for his words because he affirmed a certain stereotype. De Boer reacted on Twitter: ”Football belongs to everyone, also to gays. I regret all the commotion. The statement was removed from context.” His twin brother Ronald also responded through Twitter: ”I don’t know what’s going on exactly, but my brother has nothing against gays and isn’t the type who hurts people. #StormInATeaCup”
The promo video was removed from the website after pressure from AFC Ajax. But luckily the whole special, called ”FC Gay”, will be shown on Dutch television on the 4th of August. The entire evening will be all about breaking the taboo that surrounds the subject. BNN will advocate for the acceptance of gays in the world of football. Guests that evening will be the president of the Royal Dutch Football Association, two ex-football players (one of them being gay himself) and a football journalist.
Of course this could all be a clever way to bring more attention to their special. Because we’re dealing with BNN here, who also fooled the world with their Big Donor Show. Let’s hope that this is a similar situation.
FC Gay, Saturday August 04, 19:55, Nederland 3.