“Steady on chaps! Britain’s victorious synchronized divers hug for joy after winning gold – while China’s bronze medalists settle for a manly pat on the back.”
So reads a recent caption in the UK’s Daily Mail, clearly inferring that the hug shared between synchronized divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears — who scored gold for Team GB with a 3-meter synchronized dive — was effete, wimpy; not the stuff that makes a man.
Needless to say, this was more than enough to (rightly) send social media over the edge:
— RedSoc (@gifofred) August 11, 2016
— ?? dan. (@TheeDanielJames) August 11, 2016
I know we’re all outraged at the daily fail calling hugging unmanly…. But that aside….
— David James (@DJN85) August 11, 2016
Congratulations, boys. And there’s not a thing “unmanly” about either of you; don’t listen to the stupid press. https://t.co/4CdEpQtAxl
— J.A. Fludd (@jafworlds) August 11, 2016
Stop having feelings, boys, it’s unmanly. Go chop something or find a war to fight in. https://t.co/AhCygKuDNv
— Rebecca Reid (@RebeccaCNReid) August 11, 2016
@WayneDavid81 I guess I should take back all the unmanly hugs I had at my mates wedding last Saturday.
— stewart foster (@stewfoster1) August 11, 2016
Apparently hugging is not very ‘manly’. This backward view of gender behaviour and casual homophobia has to stop. pic.twitter.com/nuJl1RCMxd
— WayneDavid (@WayneDavid81) August 11, 2016
— Gerry Stergiopoulos (@GerryGreek) August 11, 2016
— Jon Bradfield (@JonBradfield) August 11, 2016
— Jake Jackson (@jakejackson90) August 11, 2016
All genders, all sexualities, all ages, Olympic medalists – everyone should be able to hug without shame! pic.twitter.com/Ew6j4kUm8N
— Robbie Lawlor (@Robbie_Lawlor) August 11, 2016
Between that awful Grindr piece & ‘British divers hug too much’ I’m beginning to wonder whether Gay Shaming is the newest Olympic sport?
— Chris McCrudden (@cmccrudden) August 11, 2016
When two young lads win Britain’s first ever gold medal in Olympic diving and you’re rattled by a celebratory hug ?? https://t.co/KEgPGy0Yhy
— Liam (@liamnowen) August 11, 2016
“Just won an Olympic medal haven’t we but I SHALL NOT HUG A MAN LONGER THAN IS PROPER” https://t.co/3hN4eOzceG
— Emma (@scousepie) August 11, 2016