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Video: Dana White Might Be Overcompensating For His Homophobic Slur

Instead of releasing a timely, orderly stream of video blogs for UFC 98, Dana White and co. opted to do a couple before the event and then a multi-part epic afterwards.  As with most multi-part epics, the majority is forgettable stuff that should have been edited out.  But around the eight-minute mark in this video things get interesting when Dana White does an interview with Edge Magazine and claims that everyone from fighters to fans would be totally cool with an openly gay athlete in the UFC.  

This is obviously not true, and Dana White knows it’s not true.  What’s amazing is not that he says it anyway, but that he thinks pretending to be ignorant of homophobia in the world of men’s pro sports is the best way to smooth things over with the gay community.   It isn’t.  It’s blatant pandering, and the effect is actually worse than admitting that the world of MMA would have a tough time adjusting to an openly gay fighter.  


Check Dana White’s reasoning for claiming that MMA would welcome a gay fighter with a big, burly hug and a kiss on the cheek: a) grappling is kind of homoerotic to start with, so dudes who do it are cool with gays, and b) the fighters in MMA are all really nice guys.  And the fans, that 18-34 male demographic that is so revered for its tolerance and acceptance of all things gay?  They wouldn’t care either.

As an attempt to placate the people he offended with his Loretta Hunt blog, this is a miserable failure because it asks them to go along with a story that they know, from experience, to be total bullshit.  These are the people who can’t get married in most of the U.S., can’t join the military without keeping part of their identity a closely-guarded secret, and White is telling them that the UFC and its fans would accept them with a good-natured slap on the ass.  

Look around at pro football, baseball, basketball, and boxing.  Then tell me where the openly gay athletes are.  There are undoubtedly gay men in all those sports, and probably at this very moment in the UFC as well, but they know the sporting world isn’t ready to accept them yet.  

If Dana White really wants to ingratiate himself to the gay community he shouldn’t try to sell them on the lie that the UFC is somehow more accepting than the rest of the sports world and mainstream American culture in general.  He should instead tell them that that’s the version of the UFC he’d like to have someday – the version where no one cares who you sleep with after the fight (even if it’s Jenna Jameson) as long as you deliver inside the cage.  But that’s not the world we live in just yet, and no one’s going to be grateful to Dana White for pretending that it is.

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Dante- May 27, 2009 at 12:35 am
ROFL @ 4inch4skin
Saigon- May 27, 2009 at 12:22 am
Whoa dude, tell us how you really feel!
AussieJosh- May 27, 2009 at 12:01 am
Could you imagine if the "ICEMAN" came out now and said he was gay!!! Wouldnt that stire shit up!
UFC fan- May 26, 2009 at 11:18 pm
The problem BEN is not that Dana White did a bad thing, it's that Dana White the ONLY thing he could do. When he speaks the truth he gets in trouble for it, so now you are gonna just " blow him up" because he soft-selled it? Fuck man...damned if you do...damned if you don't, you know?
The problem is to much political correctness in the media, and in the world.
I say fuck it, come out and be honest, if fags can come out and be honest then I feel I have the equal right to come out and say " you know I was gonna keep this to myself, BUT since you decided to publicly get attention by admitting to being gay I thought I to should just come out with how I feel......all you goddamn fags are a blemish and blight on the planet, I wish you all would die and stop making me sick to my stomach, I have no tolerance for your depraved fucking lifestyle, I can't stand the way you walk, talk, and act. I wish God would come down and pull another Sodam&gamora on your asses and destroy you all and send your souls to hell"
See how freeing all that coming out is?
You are right about 1 thing...the majority of the fanbase WILL NOT....will NOT fucking tolerate a gay fighter.
I can't stand the fags on this website much less actually try and watch one fight in the UFC.
Jabo- May 26, 2009 at 10:00 pm
You're damned if you do and damned if you don't it seems.

If Dana has said ya, it would be a huge problem in MMA to have an openly gay fighter, just imagine the "shit storm" that would have created.

This is such a touchy subject for some people that there is no pleasing them. Some people will throw a "hissy fit" over anything related to gays.
Meohfumado- May 26, 2009 at 6:48 pm
Some fighters might have a problem...most wouldn't.

But the first gay MMA fighter is gonna' be wearing a target on his back, and will be skewered by every warrior-wannabe mouthbreather on the net.

Actual fans in person will be fine (don't think there will be cat-calls like with racist names at soccer games in Europe, etc), however the internet isn't too gay-friendly yet, and a lot of MMA's popularity is due to net traffic.

Tough to say...but either way, Dana gave out a pretty corporate, don't-rock-the-boat viewpoint which is why I called him out on it. Usually during interviews he's just talking, but you could see him put his PR hat on for that question.
the glza- May 26, 2009 at 6:39 pm
yeah -- i agree with the donger.

the only thing that is gonna matter to this community is being a badass, and that is independent of your sexual orientation.

if wanderlei were gay, would we love him any less? hell no -- the dude is a badass! nick diaz could come out next week and declare gay, but he'd still be a badass.

badassitude is king -- it's what settles everything. i pity the fighter who makes fun of gay wandy for being gay...
the glza- May 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm
1 in 10 are gay, right? worldwide, at least. the demographic that this sport/community attracts probably has a lower percentage than that, but there are a lot of fighters in the ufc alone...

there are definitely gay fighters who haven't come out of the closet.
just some dong- May 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm
I honestly think that if a fighter did come out, Dana wouldn't give a shit in the least. I doubt many other professional fighters would either. The fans and media would have a field day, sure, because the poor guy would be such an easy target. But I doubt it'd have much impact on the other side of the cage. There would be exceptions, of course... punks and knuckle-draggers like Junie, for instance... but for the most part, I believe this sport is way ahead of all others in terms of evolution and professionalism. With the spotlight always on, it has to be.

It would of course depend on the fighter and the way he came out. Hopefully it wouldn't be a misguided attempt to "shock the world," but instead a quiet yet courageous attempt at nudging humanity forward.

Not having been a fight fan for most of my life (only the past 5 years or so), I'm constantly impressed by the displays of sportsmanship and brotherhood I see in MMA. And slowly but surely, the attitude is rubbing off on the fans. If there's any sport where the gay community could one day be accepted as equals, it'll be MMA. Fighting for a living seems to have a unique way of cutting through the bullshit in life.
Sneaky Pete- May 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm
We're all cool with lesbian fighters, right? Tanya Evinger said of Gina Carano, "I don't know whether I should kiss her or fighter."
NECROPHYTE- May 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm
lol@ War Machine is pretty laid back about the whole thing, right?
bpd- May 26, 2009 at 2:46 pm
War Machine is pretty laid back about the whole thing, right?
Videodrome_NOW- May 26, 2009 at 1:12 pm
I think this is a great article. I think people ought to question D.W.'s behavior and motives. I do think, however, that some of it was a bit exagerated and taken out of context. The question posed a difficult response. He did say he thought "most" fighters would be cool with it, not all of them. It's easy to see Dana as having nothing but ulterior and/or bad motives, but is there benefit-of-the-doubt being given anymore? I think Dana is possibly a total demon, or he's just a really misunderstood dude.
GiveItALittleTappy- May 26, 2009 at 1:11 pm
dana: "this is one of the sweetest people you could ever meet,she's a sweetheart"

holly; "...thank youuuu...thats so nice..."

---silence---

aww you can taste the awkwardness!!dana you smooth s.o.b.!
LockDown- May 26, 2009 at 1:07 pm
@ 4inch2skin

Word.
4inch4skin- May 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm
I don't care if a fighter's gay or not, as long as they have a big dick.
Levi Jones- May 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm
I wouldn't care if someone was gay. I don't care if they're straight either. It's not something I consider when watching a fight.
LargeMidget- May 26, 2009 at 11:52 am
I don't want to live in a world where a gay man is the champion of a fighting sport.

I'd be cool with it, just as long as he was losing.
kempo666- May 26, 2009 at 11:40 am
What do you mean we "probably" have a gay fighter in the UFC? Isnt Rory Singer still around?

Ghost Of War- May 26, 2009 at 11:39 am
At least Dana is making some attempt to try and brighten his image, but truth be told, he shouldn't have to try and make gays feel better. If the gay community doesn't like it, they should blame it on the ignorance of the American government and American people.
AntonG420- May 26, 2009 at 11:04 am
I think Dana himself is gay and was just bashing to cover up!

Off topic but did anyone else see him give rashad a little sad face after the fight and rashad just shook it off lol I thought that was funny, perhaps this wasnt the matchup rashad wanted?
omunto- May 26, 2009 at 11:01 am
Good thing this article is coming out AFTER the user name login update... I see more then the normal amount of hate speech in the near future.
Meohfumado- May 26, 2009 at 10:58 am
Bad form Dana...and beyond your normal delusional self in this case.

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