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Daily Mail Claims Two Male Olympians Hugging Is Unmanly and the Internet Reacts

“Steady on chaps! Britain’s victorious synchronized divers hug for joy after winning gold – while China’s bronze medalists settle for a manly pat on the back.”

So reads a recent caption in the UK’s Daily Mail, clearly inferring that the hug shared between synchronized divers Jack Laugher and  Chris Mears — who scored gold for Team GB with a 3-meter synchronized dive — was effete, wimpy; not the stuff that makes a man.

Needless to say, this was more than enough to (rightly) send social media over the edge:daily 1daily 2daily 3daily 4daily 5daily 6daily 7daily 8daily 9daily 10


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6 comments

  1. This is just sexist. Men can hug each other, it’s just a nice thing to do. All these constraints we put on masculinity sha.

  2. Franklyne Ikediasor

    The thing about gender and the (silly) expectations that come with it!

    Not today Satan! Not today! ???

  3. They’re just plain stupid for writing that. The Chinese whom they made reference to, also won gold and silver in the 20k walk race(m) and they had a happy hug! TF is wrong with men hugging?
    Ode people.

  4. Daily Fail..

    That’s all I needed. ????

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