Tabloids Using Every Excuse To Jump On Cristiano Ronaldo Gay Rumors
We all have stereotypes of what a gay male professional athlete might look like -- and, of course, most of them are negative and/or inaccurate. Vain, soft-spoken, whiney, self-obsessed. When a superstar's public persona checks off these boxes, it's open season for tabloids and ignorant numbskulls in the media to wonder about that player's sexuality. When that player is as good and as unlikeable as Cristiano Ronaldo, it's practically impossible for the "Is he gay?" conjecture to not sneak its way onto the kind of clickbait, bottom-feeder sports news outlets that exist solely to sell lies and innuendo.
European soccer tabloids have a long history of taking selective photos completely out of context to imply a player was being intimate with someone of the same sex. The lengths they'll go to justify openly questioning a player's sexuality are comical, and with Cristiano Ronaldo, we've stumbled on a goldmine.
Side note: were someone as high-profile as Cristiano Ronaldo to hide their sexuality, they'd probably do so by NOT epitomizing a third-grader's idea of what a gay person is. There's also credible zero evidence that he is gay, nor is there evidence of cover-ups or extortion attempts to bury evidence that might suggest otherwise. To the contrary, he has been a bit of a womanizer. But who cares, right? Rumors R phun!
European soccer tabloids, however, care very much about who he sleeps with. These kind of baseless, damaging, homophobic speculations are their bread and butter, so it's no surprise that they scramble the jets whenever they see a cloud that looks like the Real Madrid winger with his hand on his hip. Here are some more recent examples of desperate websites trying to shoehorn "Cristiano Ronaldo Gay Rumors" into a headline. Once again, they are reaching so hard it is laugh out loud funny.
Example A: A photo surfaced of Cristiano Ronaldo standing next to his friend, a Moroccan kickboxer by the name of Badr Hari, by a pool. They are wearing bathingsuits.
Example B: French journalist Daniel Riolo makes offhanded remark that Cristiano Ronaldo's habit of flying to see Badr Hari to hangout and "cuddle" might be affecting his performance.
Example C: Ronaldo attributes substandard play to "personal problems," which immediately comes back to Riolo's "cuddle" jab (and not Ronaldo's off-field issues with Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez or his semi-recent break-up with supermodel Irina Shayk). “You have to take into account that I have had some personal problems," Ronaldo said on Wednesday. "I would prefer to keep them to myself," he added. "They stay with me...but I am in a better place now.”
And now, for the kicker...
Example D: Ronaldo does not comment on gay rumors, tabloid concludes he must be gay.
It's awfully hard to feel bad for a humorless narcissist at the top of their profession, worth in excess of $300 million, but the absurd shit he has to deal with from the fringe media definitely makes you think about sympathizing with him.
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