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It was a cheap joke. I certainly wouldn’t want to discourage anyone of whatever background from looking like the men in this clip.
I guess that’s my problem, rowing in the UK is associated far too much with being a ‘posh’ upper middle class sport. Whilst there are good historical reasons for that stereotype those reasons are increasingly just that – historical. The same historical things could equally be said about rugby, tennis and cricket and yet they are never tainted with the elitist brush in quite the same way that rowing is.
Thanks for replying and sorry for the rant when this article is just meant to be about some pretty, relaxed boys getting naked for a good cause. It’s just I get fed up of people assuming that because I row I went to a public school not a comprehensive and I worry that this sort of thing puts off the next generation of builders, scaffolders and farm hands that I’ve met through rowing from taking up what is, in my experience, a very liberal and welcoming sport.
Because it rhymes with ‘sporno’. And because rowing in the UK is associated with well-bred chaps – as the chaps’ accents suggest.
Admittedly I don’t know the boys in question (sadly) but why ‘Posho’?
Angus! Honoured to have been an inspiration to such a film – and good to see such brazen male tartiness linked directly to combatting anti-gay sentiments.
The chaps are historically pretty. When they’re carrying their oars they reminded me of Ancient Greek Ephebes with their spears.
Mark, I read your article on sporno way back, and once met you. Anyway, I produced this film, and your article was an inspiration to me. So thank you twice – for the inspiration and the shout out!