Much like the palazzo pant and The Saturdays, chess was always going to be easy one to give the DDF (Diagonal Descending Finger) to . What with it being, you know, dull as shit. But since the news has broken that it is also homophobic, we are now able to prove a moral point whilst refusing to shove tiny bits of old hoof round a board. A black and white board at that!
Because it has been revealed – probably through dry ice and a twirl from John Barrowman – that star of BBC2’s Eggheads and fully paid-up gay, CJ de Mooi, was banned from presenting prizes at the British Chess Championships because he was wearing a ‘Some People Are Gay, Get Over It!’ t-shirt.
‘At this morning’s prize giving ceremony of the Darwin Strategic British Chess Championships 2011, an arbiter approached me saying she had “personal reservations” about me wearing a Stonewall t-shirt when presenting prizes to juniors. It was apparently inappropriate for me to wear something mentioning ‘sexuality’ in such an environment.’
Because apparently you’re only gay when you’re bumming. When you’re not bumming, you don’t even have a title!
CJ de Mooi (how great is that name! He should be on Baywatch!) gave organisers the chance to stop being such cunts, but they said no. So instead, he refused to present the awards.
‘I’ve offered my resignation to the ECF (something to do with chess), and I think I’ll give up and go to sleep,’ said CJ on Twitter.
Laura Doughty, deputy chief executive of Stonewall, told the Guardian, ‘We think our t-shirts are lovely and don’t see why anyone would object to wearing one, least of all chess players.’
After all, some people play chess, get over it!