Blog Post #7
In the last blog post, I spoke about how Federico Macheda was a homophobic towards one of his followers on Twitter. I believe that homophobia is such a strong topic that the two entries on this list had to be left to last to demonstrate the severity of it. It is something that needs to be cut from this world. A person’s sexuality should not be used as an insult, regardless of whether the insult is serious or just ‘banter’.
And on that note I present to you Suso.
Ironically, Macheda and Suso both had similarities. They both were tipped for big things by their respective clubs and they both played for the two biggest teams in the north west of England (Man Utd and Liverpool).
Suso was given his big chance by then Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. His flair, creativity and movement was there for everyone to see and Liverpool fans were rubbing their hands at the prospect that was in front of their very eyes.
Macheda tweeted a fan homophobic abuse. What makes this case worse? Suso called his own teammate ‘gay’! Furthermore, it was his Spanish counterpart Jose Enrique. Usually in football, teammates from the same nation share a special bond and create a clique in the changing room. However, this was clearly not the case behind the doors of Anfield in 2012. For a club, such as Liverpool, the squad should be friendly and united, acting as friends on and off the field, trying to win as many games as possible and become England’s dominant force.
Jose Enrique was not a popular figure amongst the Liverpool faithful. He didn’t do anything to upset them personally, but ever since his arrival from Newcastle United in 2011, he had only played a handful of games and had noticeably put on a bit of weight.
In 2012, Enrique tweeted a photo of him getting his teeth whitened. This led to some negative responses from Liverpool supporters, however none of the responses were as toxic as the one from Suso.
Suso tweeted the photo that Enrique had just tweeted himself with the caption of “What f**k is he doing?...This guy is gay. He has some mentals problems. He does everything except play football”.
Not only does Suso use ‘gay’ as an insult but he also has a dig at Enrique’s mental problems. Suso also speaks about Enrique’s lack of football playing time, but Enrique didn’t chose not to play, he missed out through multiple severe injuries.
This tweet gathered arms and legs after a matter of minutes and Suso swiftly deleted the tweet. Suso also issued an apology shortly after the tweet was deleted.
That was probably an awkward exchange at training the next day…
So, that is that. Suso’s tweet finds itself last on the list of controversial social media posts that has included forms of homophobia, racism and privacy. What separates Suso’s tweet from Macheda’s? Suso abused a teammate, somebody that you should really be looking to keep on your side.
As social media continues to grow and evolve, so will the controversial social media posts. So, keep your eyes peeled and watch the drama unfold.