Last week, we pointed out that Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe not only blew the whistle on the alleged practice of “importing” but also exported a potentially offensive phrase when explaining that his professed affection for quarterback Matt Cassel does not mean that Bowe is romantically attracted to men.
“No homo” has become the new shorthand expression of the notion that a guy likes another guy without liking another guy. Whether the phrase is offensive remains debatable. Some think it isn’t, reasoning that the speaker is doing nothing any different from wearing an earring in his left ear only. Others think that the twist on “not that there’s anything wrong with that” implies that, indeed, there is something wrong with that. (And still others thought that Bowe was merely saying that Cassel is “no Romo.”)
Anyway, there’s a new member to the “no homo” club. As pointed out by the folks at JoeBucsFan.com, rookie defensive tackle Gerald McCoy added the phrase to a Twitter post when talking about his weekend with the other draft picks invited to attend the annual weekend during which they’re all photographed for trading cards. (It’s not the Rookie Symposium, which will happen next month.)
“Man the rookie
class of 2010 is cool as a fan!” McCoy said. “We had a blast this weekend in LA! I
loved all the fellas! No homo. Lol!!”
It should be noted that McCoy made no similar proclamation when he admitted that his favorite movie is The Little Mermaid.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.