'Pro-Gay, Anti-Manly' Footy Jersey Goes Up For Sale In Response To Pride Boycotters
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A 'Pro-Gay, Anti-Manly' footy jersey has been released in response to the seven Sea Eagles players who refused to wear the club's rainbow pride strip.
Popular Aussie satire page The Betoota Advocate are the people behind the new jerseys.
The shirt itself is all white and features rainbow trimmings – just like Manly's 'Everyone in League' edition.
On the very front of the kit reads the words 'Pro Gay, Anti-Manly' in big, bold letters.
To announce that the shirt was on sale, The Betoota Advocate made a post in Instagram, saying: "LET’S GOOOOOOO! Pre-order now to get your ANTI-MANLY PRIDE JERSEY in time for NRL Finals! Proceeds will be going to a Pride charity.
"Thanks to the @manlyseaeagles for running the ball up for this important conversation!"
The limited-edition shirt is available for $39.99 and is available in all sizes with a bunch of NRL fans expected to wear it throughout the remainder of the season.
It's understood all proceeds will go to charity.
Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley have been named as the players who have refused to don Manly's pride jersey and will subsequently miss their next fixture after being stood down on religious grounds.
The entire jersey saga made headlines around the world with both the players and the club itself finding themselves in the firing line.
As a result of the public uproar, Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler was forced to call a press conference where he addressed the matter.
“The intent of the rainbow colour application of our jersey was to represent diversity and inclusion for all, utilising the symbolic colours of pride to embrace all groups who feel marginalised and faced discrimination and have a suppressed share of voice," he told the media.
“The jersey intent was to support the advocacy and human rights pertaining to gender, race culture, ability and LGBTQ rights. Sadly, the execution of what was intended to be an extremely important and initiative was poor.
“There was little consultation or collaboration with key stakeholders. Both inside and outside the club. Sadly, this poor management and project management has caused significant confusion, discomfort and pain for many people.
“In particular, those groups whose human right we were, in fact, attempting to support. We have even adversely affected our player group, a wonderful group of people comprising of many different racial and cultural backgrounds.”
He added: “We wish to apologise to the minority groups within the community who embraced the rainbow colours as a symbol of pride in who they are, what they stand for and their impassioned advocacy to enhance basic tolerance and acceptance within the diversity and inclusion space.”