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American lugers: Stop calling our sport ‘a little gay’

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CALGARY, AB - NOVEMBER 20: Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin #15 of the USA take thier first run in the Doubles during the Veissmann Luge World Cup on November 20, 2009 at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Grimmette;Brian Martin

SOCHI, Russia – There have protests both serious and sublime against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws. The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion video released before the Sochi Games fell into that latter category.

The 30-second clip, set to Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me?”, features a two-man luge team thrusting back and forth before the punchline at the end: "The games have always been a little gay. Let's fight to keep them that way."

It’s been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube.

But Olympic two-man luge athletes aren’t exactly laughing.

According to the New York Times, they see it as an attempt to fight against stereotypes by trafficking in one against the two-man luge:

“They’re making fun of our sport for their cause and it doesn’t really make a lot of sense to me,” Christian Niccum, an American Olympian, said after completing two training runs at the Sanki Sliding Center.

“If I were to go hug my dad and someone took a picture and showed it in really slow motion, they could use it in a video like that and that’s just ridiculous. It’s my dad. Can’t we show affection to each other without it being some sort of sexual contact? This is sports. It’s the same thing. Why does it have to be like that?”

(If it compares to two men lying on each other and trusting back and forth, that must be quite the hug...)

Also from the Times:

The problem, according to another American, Matthew Mortensen, is that making fun of doubles luge has become hackneyed. “For some reason,” he said, “whether it’s Jimmy Kimmel or Conan O’Brien or anyone – doubles luge is always the target. It’s never about football players taking a snap or whatever. We’ve heard all this stuff before.”

An excellent point: Why single out the two-man luge?

One of the founding sports for the Olympic Games was wrestling, people. And the luge is a little gay? Fun fact: Vlad Putin? Huge fan of men pinning each other down.

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