The selfie that caused all the trouble
The furore around the naked selfie of a group of Orlando Pirates footballers has inspired a report claiming that some of the players on the team are gay.
On Thursday, the photo of seven naked Orlando Pirates stars posing in the showers following their Nedbank Cup victory in Durban last Saturday went viral.
Thandani Ntshumayelo, who posted the harmless and fun picture on his Instagram profile, has since deleted the photo after it caused a social media storm and led to a flood of faux outrage.
We really don’t know what the fuss is all about but he was forced to apologise and the team has promised to investigate the matter.
“I would like to apologize to everyone the club the sponsors and all the people for posting that picture on instagram… At the time i thought it was a joke sorry to my teammates,” Ntshumayelo said.
Spoof blog Lifestyle Tabloids quickly responded with a spoof story claiming that Vladimir Vermezovic, the coach of Orlando Pirates, which it offensively dubbed “Orlando Queers,” had “confirmed” that some of his players are gay.
Just horsing around?
“I do acknowledge that some of my players have disclosed to being gay, but this is a private matter which should be treated with the kind of sensitivity it deserves. What my players do behind closed doors is none of my business, as long as they perform on the field,” coach Vermezovic was quoted as telling a journalist.
The South African satire site further claimed: “Although Vermezovic bluntly refused to ‘name-and-shame’ who his gay players where, he admitted that homosexual acts amongst football peers was a norm in camp.”
As evidence, the “report” included numerous photos of players horsing around in mildly homoerotic poses.
Lifestyle Tabloids has previously claimed that one of President Robert Mugabe’s sons had come out as gay, that Archbishop Desmond Tutu had formed a gay political party and that Uganda’s President Museveni had a secret gay lover in Cape Town.
Funny satire or offensive nonsense? You decide.