A gay TikTok star has been praised for his ‘brilliant’ response to the Manly Sea Eagles players who have refused to wear a new pride jersey, describing them as ‘homophobes’ and the situation as ‘ugly and tiring’.
Scott O’Halloran from Melbourne has been branded ‘incredibly well articulated’ for his composure in the now-viral video where he questioned the players’ place to ‘define the validity of that jersey’.
Seven Manly Sea Eagles stars vowed to step down from Thursday’s must-win match against the Sydney Roosters because of the new gay pride jersey.
Scott O’Halloran from Melbourne has been branded ‘incredibly well articulated’ for his composure in the now-viral video where he questioned the players’ place to ‘define the validity of that jersey’. Pictured with his brother Scott
The Sea Eagles unveiled the jumper – called Everyone in League – on Monday to promote inclusiveness of LGBT+ people in the NRL.
Listen up fellas. When you put on your jersey you represent the sport and your team not your religion.
But star players Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley have refused to run out wearing the ‘inclusive’ jersey. saying that wearing it would be against their religious beliefs.
Their decision has sparked an outpouring of public outrage, including from their own fans and club legends, while others have supported their freedom of religious beliefs.
It has since emerged three players have changed their mind and will play this week following an emergency meeting.
Seven Manly Sea Eagles stars vowed to step down from Thursday’s must-win match against the Sydney Roosters because of the new gay pride jersey. Scott has now asked Manly to make the players step down for their ‘outdated, backwards and homophobic views’
Scott says he’s ‘not surprised’ by the ‘homophobic’ actions before launching a vicious tirade against the players
Scott has now asked Manly to make the players step down for their ‘outdated, backward and homophobic views’.
The clip begins with Scott’s brother Luke explaining that he just sent him a news article.
“I’m pretty sure you’re about to blow up,” he says, before asking “what are your thoughts?”.
Scott then says he’s ‘not surprised’ before launching a vicious tirade against the players.
‘Listen up fellas. When you put on your jersey you represent the sport and your team not your religion, he said.
Manly players Sean Keppie (left), Kieran Foran (middle) and Reuben Garrick posed with the club’s Everyone in League jersey, which was unveiled on Monday. The Sea Eagles unveiled the jumper – called Everyone in League – on Monday to promote inclusivity of LGBT + people in the NRL
Scott goes on to ask AFL players, people of faith and NRL fans and players to share the message to ‘stand with the LGBTQI+ community’
“There are fans at home that are black, white, brown, Christian, Muslim, trans, gay, bi, straight.
‘Who the f*** are you to define the validity of that jersey?
‘Because last time I looked, it’s the members that pay really big bucks, and the sponsors that pay even bigger bucks to keep your a***es employed.
‘Now you either go and chuck that jersey on and you do your job or I’m asking your club to stand you down permanently for your outdated, your backwards and your homophobic views because let’s be really f***ing clear here it’s got nothing to do with religion.
Manly wingers Jason Saab and Christian Tuipulotu are among the players who oppose wearing the jersey on religious grounds.
Toafofoa Sipley (left) of the Sea Eagles is tackled by Ben Condon of the Cowboys. Sipley is among the players who refuse to wear the new jersey
‘I have a lot of religious friends that don’t have a problem with my sexuality at all.’
He then goes on to ask AFL players, people of faith and NRL fans and players to share the message to ‘stand with the LGBTQI+ community’.
Let us know that we are included in Australian sports. Be an ally and not a homophobe it’s really f***** ugly and tiring’.
The video quickly racked up thousands of comments – with many praising the comedy star for his take.
Haumole Olakau’atu (pictured) is a missionary at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), otherwise known as the Mormon Church
Josh Aloiai of the Sea Eagles (left) takes the ball during the round 19 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons on July 22 this year
‘That’s actually incredibly well articulated. Amazing,’ said one.
‘Wow I’m surprised how mellow he was, he must have wanted to get his point across and he’s not wrong,’ added another.
I’m a Christian not a homophobe. it’s not right making other people feel like dirt,’ said one.
‘Preach but what about all the gambling and alcohol sponsors plastered all over their jerseys? They’re sins too right?,’ commented another.
Wish I could triple like this!! Well said Scott!! Delivered with class and sass,’ said another.
‘This is amazing! We love you Scott,’ commented one.
It comes after Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O lashed out at the group of Manly NRL players accusing them of hypocrisy.
The KIIS FM breakfast hosts weighed into the controversial debate on Tuesday morning, saying they didn’t believe religion was the real issue.
The radio stars said they were at a loss trying to understand why some players refused to support the LGBT+ community when gambling company Pointsbet is the main club sponsor and their Brookvale Oval home ground is currently called 4 Pines Park after a beer company.
“The whole excuse of religion doesn’t make sense. If they’re all playing in a stadium sponsored by alcohol and all the jerseys are sponsored by a gambling company, it makes no sense,’ Sandilands said.
“But they’re okay to talk about gambling and encourage that,” Jackie O added.
Sandilands said everyone should ‘take a moment to think about [the seven players’ feelings]’, suggesting people who furiously oppose homosexuality are often insecure about their sexuality themselves.
Jackie O said the players boycotting the jerseys were ‘mean’.
“It’s not good,” she said.