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Football, Media, and Homophobia: Public Framing of the First Pride Game in the Australian Football League

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posted on 17.11.2020, 05:22 by Merryn Sherwood, David Lowden, Alexander Donaldson, Suzanne Dyson, Timothy Marjoribanks, J Shill, B Bolam, Matthew Nicholson
© The Author(s) 2020. Two Australian football clubs—St Kilda and the Sydney Swans—played the first Pride Game in Australian professional sport in 2016 to support and include the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) community at and through a major sporting event. This study examines the framing of this game in the print and online media and in public responses via comments on media coverage and comments on Facebook posts. The framing of both the media coverage and the public response was predominantly supportive, with the theme of the “inclusion,” of gay Australian Football League players and the broader LGBTIQ community, prominent. However, there was a significant difference in the frames used in media coverage compared to the public response to this coverage. There was a relatively high proportion of unsupportive comments (e.g., a “stick to football” theme), including pernicious homophobia, present, particularly in the public response, compared to other recent related research. Overall, the findings suggest that, while there was strong support for the Pride Game, homophobia in sport remains, and the media, particularly social media, can be a platform for its expression. This study also highlights the value in analysing multiple platforms in media framing research.

Funding

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by funding from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation

History

Publication Date

23/01/2020

Journal

Communication and Sport

Volume

8

Issue

4-5

Article Number

ARTN 2167479519901118

Pagination

21p.

Publisher

SAGE

ISSN

2167-4795

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