What Tyson Fury has taught us about the acceptability of homophobia

What a homophobic boxer controversy tells us about society’s lingering discomfort with sexual minorities.

The Queerness

Following Lee Williscroft-Ferris’ piece on the Tyson Fury furore, guest writer Lewis Henshall looks at what the issue says about homophobia in the media and in society at large.

How long will it be until homophobic views aren’t paraded in the media as something to be entertained and until homophobia generally becomes instinctively unacceptable in our society?

There’s been a furore over boxer Tyson Fury being shortlisted for the Sports Personality of the Year award after he became the heavyweight champion of the world. It’s not his sporting achievements being called into question (though the IBF has since challenged the boxer to a rematch) but rather Fury as a person due to statements he has made about women and gay people.

According to its voting and judging terms and conditions, the long-running annual Sports Personality of the Year award ‘goes to the sportsperson whose actions have most captured the public’s imagination during 2015.’ An expert…

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