Would you stump up for this delicious gay Olympic record-breaking diver?

Oucha magoucha

Let us rephrase that. Welcome to Matthew Mitcham – hello! – who not only looks good enough to spit-roast in this itsy-bitsy bikini brief but can also turn out a few flips and screws that so impress an Olympic judge that he got the highest ever marks at the Chinatown Olympics last summer.

Jeez, he must be worth a fortune, maybe he should be my boyfriend, you’re thinking. Well, though we’re sure he’s top-of-the-range boyfriend material (especially in so little material, if you know what we mean *pats hair in style of Mae West*), he may not be able to keep you in the style to which you’ve become accustomed as he cannot get a major sponsor. Mainly because he is of gay.

Shame on Nike and Adidas and Umbro and Shredded Wheat and all those companies who think they can’t give a good gay Olympian a pat on the back in case nutcases might read something untoward into it.

Anyways, he talks about that in this interview in Advocate (oh, them pictures!) and we at me-me-me pledge all the money we have received for our Stop Reading the Daily Mail and Start Enjoying Life campaign to his coffers.

Oh, no, we don’t want anything in return. Maybe just a Holly Hobbie thank you notelet.

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10 comments to “Would you stump up for this delicious gay Olympic record-breaking diver?”

  1. Me likey.

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  2. Hey lady, you stick with yer Chavs and yer Triga. He will do for me thankyouverymuch

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  3. What say I have him on my three days a week off, and you can have him for the other four? That way, everyone’s happy. Espesh him.

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  4. Darling, he’ll be too knackered on those three days. Trust me.

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  5. the chinatown olympics? you think you’re funny?

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  6. You’re complaining that Mitcham is being discriminated against by corporate sponsors and then turn around and call the games the Chinatown Olympics. Right…

    I’m gay and I’m Chinese, and I was rooting for Mitcham while watching the Games. While I applaud his courage for being the only openly gay male athlete at the last Summer Games, his sport is diving, which, as far as we can see on TV, requires minimal equipment. Not that I’ve done any research, but other than Speedo and maybe Nike, what other companies would need a diver to market their products? And in Speedo’s case, they’ve probably already spent their entire budget on Phelps.

    Besides, I’m pretty sure there are more gold medal athletes without endorsements than there are with.

    There’s no denying that Mitcham is an attractive, inspiring man, but I wonder if we’d be paying so much attention if he had won gold in another sport that didn’t require him to wear briefs. Shot put?

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  7. R – sponsorship is not always about aligining a product that is used in the sport. Look at what is emblazoned on the front of premier League teams’ football shirts – insurance companies, electrical goods producers etc etc. Brand Beckham has put its name to everything under the sun. Michael owen advertised Tissot watches – the list is endless. I think the point here is that Matt has got nothing, mainly because he is gay and advertisers are discriminating against a top athlete simply because of that. Otherwise how do you explain a great looking guy, who smashed through the competition to gain a victory in a fairly mainstream sport, seen by the world as outstanding, still with no sponsorshiop deal?

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  8. Good points, Ms. Nolan, but you are comparing competitive diving with football, one of the world’s most popular sports, with a viewership of millions if not billions, where matches are televised every day or week. From football to Nascar, Tiger Woods to Roger Federer, it’s all about exposure when it comes to marketing. I’ve never watched diving other than during the Olympics.
    I feel for the guy, but again, there are way more championship athletes without corporate endorsements than there are those who do. He won one gold, but so have countless others throughout the Olympics, some with multiple medals, but they don’t get endorsements either. 165 gold medals were awarded in Beijing, but why are we only focusing on this one?
    He’s undoubtedly a great athlete but I’m just wondering if we’re making this a bigger issue than it really is.

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  9. Mitcham has now become a poster child for the cause, and I think his chances of finding corporate endorsements, at the level we’re used to seeing or were hoping for, are now slimmer than before.
    As much as we want and need a visionary to step up and sponsor an openly gay athlete, advertising has to appeal to the consumer. When the largest companies are American and the US is your target market, then you have a problem.
    Mitcham is a great role model, and hopefully he’ll serve as an example to other gay athletes, to step up to the plate or out of the closet.
    We fight an uphill battle for our rights. We’ve made great gains and suffered many defeats (Prop 8…). Why were we suddenly expecting the angels to herald his victory and arrival with a giant Nike ad campaign?

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  10. Just googled Mitcham, and he was named the 2008 Sports Performer of the Year in Australia, something I don’t think many of us heard about outside of that country.
    Maybe an Australian company can step up.

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