Skip to comments.Gonzaga fans chant BROKE-BACK MOUNTAIN, at opposing players
Posted on 02/13/2006 1:46:46 PM PST by thehumanlynx
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Fans of No. 5 Gonzaga have been asked to stop yelling "Brokeback Mountain" at opposing players.
The reference to the recent movie about homosexual cowboys was chanted by some fans during Monday's game against Saint Mary's, and is apparently intended to suggest an opposing player is gay.
The chants were the subject of several classroom discussions over the past week, and the faculty advisers for the Kennel Club booster group urged students this week to avoid "inappropriate chants" during the Bulldogs' Saturday game against Stanford, which was nationally televised on ESPN.
"We implore the students of the Kennel Club to show the nation this weekend what makes Gonzaga different," Kennel Club advisers David Lindsay and Aaron Hill wrote in a letter in the student newspaper, the Bulletin. "We challenge the students of the Kennel Club to exhibit the class, the creativeness and the competitive drive that has become a foundation of this great university."
Mark Alfino, a professor of philosophy at Gonzaga, said the matter had been widely discussed by faculty and students.
"Many faculty members have brought up the discussion in their classes," he said. "They find none of the students have been comfortable with the chant, and that's a good sign."
Ryan Olson, the president of Helping Educate Regarding Orientation, a gay-straight alliance on campus, said the chants are just the latest incident that shows GU is struggling to make gays and lesbians welcome on campus.
In a letter to the Bulletin, the HERO membership wrote, "This is not even remotely the first time that Kennel Club chanters have chanted homophobic phrases at basketball games."
"A lot of people in the Kennel Club say it wasn't them" that chanted "Brokeback Mountain," Olson said. "But there's something to be said about apathy as well. Students didn't stop people from saying it."
In Friday's Bulletin, senior Callie Monroe wrote a column calling the chants a case of "outright discrimination."
"Imagine yourself as a homosexual individual in the midst of your peers, classmates and friends during this 'Brokeback Mountain' cheer," Monroe wrote. "I simply do not understand how a student body claiming to live by Jesuit principles of acceptance and respect for all can allow an incident like this to happen and remain silent."
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But i find this to be quite funny.
No, the sheep herders went on to get married; I think it's intended to suggest an opposing player is a corn-holer.
They ought to start chanting "Mary Poppins." Everybody will know what it means....
I'll never forget the night John Cheney yelled at me and my frat brothers to quit chanting "YODA! YODA! YODA!" at Reggie Miller. Actually, that's not true, I've already forgotten most of that night. In fact, I only remember the Yoda thing because my friend told me about it the next morning. And by "friend told me about it the next morning" I mean read about it in the police report at the public defender's office.Owl_Eagle
(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,
College bassetball < marty makes sign of flattened hand sailing over head >
Well, isn't that a good thing nowadays? Maybe the chant was a compliment.
You can just hear the rythm, candence and tone of the chant. I haven't even heard it and I bet it goes something like the "Darryl" chants against Strawberry.
If the movie name "Brokeback Mountain" is a homophobic phrase why hasn't there been an outcry to change the name of the movie?
Long winters in Spokane do strange things to a college kid !
with an article like this, I would start saying it if I were a student at Gonzaga just to be a jerk and defy the faculty.
They do realize that by making this an issue, the problem will now become WORSE?
"We the Kennel Club, have come to the decision that sometimes it is best to not rise to every little challenge directed to us."
This is so funny to me. I don't know where people come up with some of these chants. A few years ago Indiana Univeristy got all upset because people were chanting, "Hoosier daddy?" (like "who's your daddy) That one still cracks me up.
My brother works at a high falootin' private school on Chicago's north shore and they chant, "That's alright! That's okay! You'll all work for us someday!"
Good for the students. This is at least a small indication that the homo agenda isn't working.
I'm sick of those actors portraying gays in the West as "cowboys." They are "sheep herders" and one can only assume that the gay/homo crowd doesn't wish to be associated with the old joke about men and sheep.
You know, I always judge the amount of fun I've had, but the number of pages in the police report!
I thought I had finally stopped laughing at this story until I read your post! ROTFLMAO!
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