Jack Parow (Instagram)
Humour or homophobia? Afrikaans rapper Jack Parow has been slammed by some for seemingly suggesting that gay people aren’t very good at sport.
On Thursday, Parow shared a video clip on social media relating to Australia’s one-day series defeat to South Africa in Cape Town.
The video appeared to show an Australian cricketer groping a teammate as they stood listening to the national anthem.
The star commented, along with the clip: “No fkn wonder #australia lost, one of their players was batting for the other team // Join me at #aandklas in #pretoria tomorrow night to celebrate the white wash… Whoop whoop.”
Melissa (melissanortier) joined in on the “joke” by writing in Afrikaans (along with a couple of smiley faces): “Australia didn’t sleep that night because that guy kept everyone awake. Strength to the poor guy who had to share a room with him…”
While many found Parow’s post humorous, others felt that it was problematic. “Nothing wrong with ‘batting for the other team.’ Perhaps a bit homophobic?!” asked Yusuf Laher (yusuf_laher_) on Instagram.
The Lion (@thelionmutters) commented on Twitter that, “it’s so problematic. And exhausting. Like there was no need to make it about homosexuality meaning he can’t play,” Saya Pierce-Jones (saya_pj) called it “homophobic as fuck,” while Garyn (mentalmix) added that, “Using a ‘joke’ in bad taste to promote your show. Fuck right off”.
A rather defensive Parow responded: “…what part of my comment says that there is anything wrong with batting for the other team? You trying to hide your homophobic tendencies by overcompensating a bit? You can come gargle my balls any day if it will help you feel more open to ‘the other team’.”
What do you think? Should Parow apologise for his comment or was it all in good fun?