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The “Gay Porn With a Different Ending” Comment, and the Problem With Homophobia in MMA

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In a bizarre pre-vote debate that could have come straight from the mind of Armando Iannucci, the New York State Assembly’s historical 113-25 vote to lift their near-twenty year ban on the mixed martial arts, one particular comment stood out amongst the rest:

In a joking aside, openly gay NY assembly member (and brother of talk show host and ardent MMA fan Rosie) Daniel O’Donnell discussed his early research into the sport. “Well, I should really like it,” he quipped. “You had two nearly naked hot men rolling around on top of one another trying to dominate each other and just in case you don’t know, that’s gay porn with a different ending.”

The comment earned laughs from the live audience, but drew ire from the MMA community, who quickly jumped on O’Donnell’s assessment for both its classlessness and its inaccuracy.

As a bisexual woman who appreciates both MMA and gay porn, I can appreciate the frustration caused by this unfortunate joke. With the exception of the Naked Kombat oeuvre, these two sources of entertainment have so little to do with each other that the Venn diagram of MMA and gay porn is actually two separate circles who leave an empty seat in between each other when they go to the movies together and make awkward and awful “no homo” jokes about their friendship. Whether its the smell, the intense focus on what’s actually happening when you’re engaged with an opponent, the omnipresent threat of staph infections, or all the above, there are actually few things less sexy than grappling in any of its competitive forms. In fact, the erotic properties, homo or otherwise, of MMA are so low that there’s not even any slash on the subject beyond a few stories about One Direction. And the innovative and ….View full article

Source:: fightland.vice.com