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Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That But Anderson Silva Says, “A Lot of People Thought I Was Gay.”

(UFC champ Anderson Silva has been married with kids for a decade and a half but says that as a youth many people assumed he was gay)

Fighters Only Mag‘s John Joe O’Regan reports that in an interview for the September issue of the Brazilian monthly magazine Tatame, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva said that “a lot of people thought I was gay,” growing up. We’re not sure of the context in the interview or Silva’s tone when he said it, but it is nice that he isn’t ashamed to talk about it.

Just like Mike Tyson before him, Silva is an in-ring killer that happens to have a relatively high-pitched voice. Because of baseless notions of masculinity such a voice in a man can often be seen in societies as incongruent with being a tough guy. That was prejudice that Silva ran into as a youth, he says.

That he allowed his sister to dress him up in her clothes until he was about fourteen also contributed to people judging him, according to Silva. “We would wear a dress, put on her shoes,” he said.

“And because I am very vain about my appearance, and have a high voice, a lot of people were sure I was gay.”

After all his comments about Silva’s dapper attire, maybe Chael Sonnen underestimated Silva based on similar prejudice before getting beaten twice. Or maybe all of Chael’s comments about Silva’s pink shirts, ear-rings, tilted hats and how he and his neighbors would run Silva out of their neighborhood if they ever saw him was more of a skin-color thing.

Maybe it was about something else, who knows? Sonnen is a complex man. In any case, making fun of someone he may have thought of as a dandy didn’t work out for Chael P. Sonnen and it may not work out for you.

So kids, let this be a lesson of acceptance. Don’t make fun of your cross-dressing, high-pitched voiced classmate. It isn’t nice and they might also just grow up to be the baddest dude on the planet.

- Elias Cepeda

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J-Dog- September 4, 2012 at 8:19 am
The high pitched voice is one thing... you can't help what was given to you genetically. BUT - you can refuse to wear girls' clothes once you are more than a toddler... that's more of a lifestyle choice. Don't wear girls' clothes and then wonder why people think you are a homo.
Elias- September 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm
Love the detailed memos on congruency, guys :) but seriously, thanks for pointing out the typo. Initially, Id written "not congruent," then decided to just use one word but forgot to take out the "not." Should be fixed now
Naghammadi- September 2, 2012 at 10:56 am
So what! No one has been able to beat the Spider!
macreadysshack- September 2, 2012 at 9:12 am
'not incongruent' is a double negative. Which I wouldn't be bothered by except that it's not only a DN but also, I assume, the opposite of what was meant. 'not congruent' or just plain old 'incongruent' would do nicely. No biggie ... Probably just an editing artifact.
Alan K- September 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm
Man, Anderson. You're such a playboy.

That's right. I went there.
LesnarsIntestine- September 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm
@Fail Sonnen: you're so gay dude.
Fail Sonnen- September 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm
Who cares? The only thing Silva's comments prove is that Brazilian kids, like their American counterparts, enjoyed calling other kids "gay" 30 years ago. It was a pretty common slur back then, as it probably is today among the youth. Big deal. He's not, so who cares? Even if he happened to be gay, who cares?
Rampages Conscience- September 1, 2012 at 11:52 am
that "not incongruent" double negative is throwing me off. Plus I think in the context you simply mean "incongruent"
smellypiratehooker- September 1, 2012 at 11:09 am
Bows to his opponents when in the ring, curtsies when challenged on the street.
Kimbo Lesnar- September 1, 2012 at 9:49 am
Anyone else think this sounds like a set up for a TRT exemption?
peacexxl- September 1, 2012 at 9:39 am
not being a world renowned journalist myself, I have to ask, does it count as writing if you just reference an article from the previous post on the same sight and make what you think are insghtful comments? Better yet does it even count as blogging? At what point does it make you no more than a paid commenter? just curious
Elias- September 1, 2012 at 10:45 am
Get Off Me- September 1, 2012 at 11:14 am
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