July 13, 2014

Knock me down with a feather: Thorpie comes out of retirement again

Ian Thorpe is gay, you say? He’s reportedly “Come out” in his interview with Sir Michael Parkinson on Channel Ten on Sunday night? Gay, you say?

Well, who would have thought it?

Apart from just about everyone that’s met and talked to our greatest Olympian, I mean.
Let's hope he is now happy as well

It might have been a whole lot braver not to write this in his autobiography only two years ago:
 "For the record, I am not gay ....”
Or said this on the ABC:
“The thing that I find hurtful about it is that people are questioning my integrity and what I say. That’s the only part I find hurtful, that this is something I would be embarrassed about and that I would hide”
Brave Australian Olympic Games champion Ian Thorpe tells I'm gay


  1. I thought everybody knew that.

    Mind you I'm no judge of these things.

    Not long ago someone mentioned that a nephew of mine is very probably gay. I had no idea.

    Sure he is close to thirty, works for an international airline, moved interstate to a very big city as soon as he could, has a wide circle of friends, has no obvious partner and never has, spends an inordinate amount of time overseas and is pretty good looking and neat, I guess. But honestly it never cross my mind.

    Probably that's because I could not give a dog's fart. Never did.

  2. So I mentioned it to my old dad. Do you know suchinsuch reckons suchinsuch is gay? I said to him not long after.

    His response?

    Sure. I've known that for years. I thought everybody knew that.

    Very evidently he could not give a dog's fart either.

  3. To you and me, Geoffff, couldn't give a rat's ... and your dad is right: everybody knew that.

    Sad for him that, as he concedes, he 'didn't want to be gay'. Fair enough. That's a tough thing to live with for a decade or so. No wonder he's been depressed.

    I have to take the point from others, that it's important news for the homophobes in sport (and there are still plenty of them) and society more broadly, and to have another high profile role model for young people - greater acceptance, etc. etc.

    Claims that this 'announcement' will save lives are likely over-cooked, but if it helps anyone, all good.

  4. Anonymous7:59 PM

    I'm gay - now where's me 500 grand?

    Holy shit - an envelope just turned up in the mail.

    That was quick - let's open it and get me cheque...

    Damn, it's a rat's arse, with a lovely little pink card:

    from Geoffff xxx


  5. Apparently that's the price of integrity nowadays, half a mill.

    Hope you've been well, Justin.

  6. Anonymous10:21 PM

    I'd be weller with 500K, otherwise all good Caz.

    Trust all is good for you as weller, if not drink more, and pray that no rat's arses turn up in the mail.


  7. I don't think anybody would believe I'm gay no matter how much arse was in the mail.

    Not that there's anything wrong with it.

  8. On the contrary Geoffff, any amount of arse in the mail can be a tad off putting if you open your mail while having dinner.

  9. Anonymous11:12 AM

    One might suspect Geoffff is used to reading his mail whilst dinning.


  10. I agree Justin. I envisage Geoffff as being most civilised with his dining and the reading of his mail.