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Sunday, August 10, 2008

The One Really Good Thing About Michael Phelps

...is that he's not Ian Thorpe.

He might remind one of John Kerry, and being the Beijing Olympics Hero is not exactly Americans-eyeball grabbing stuff, but at least the Japanese will not be invading our shores, because they are Phelps-mad like they were with the Thorpedo.

Thorpe's popularity in Japan soared after the Sydney Olympics. But it was last year's Pan Pacs at Fukuoka, in southern Japan - where he swept the pool with six gold medals - that secured his superstardom.

Beyond his success and personality, his oft-professed affection for Japan is also part of his popularity there.

Why does every gay icon get such a cult following amongst the Japanese? Should David Beckham be worried?

Incidentally, sorry I haven't updated the Opening Ceremonies blogpost. I am one of the very very few people on earth that didn't much care for it. What was the bagpipe music all about?

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  • "every gay icon"

    Wait, are you saying Thorpe bats for the other team? I'd never heard that rumor.

    The pic on his Wiki entry doesn't exactly refute it, however.

    By Blogger JSU, at Sun Aug 10, 05:22:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Nonono. If he were gay, great. But he's repeatedly said he's not, and I wasn't suggesting he was.

    What I meant is that the gay community make icons of certain men, for whatever reason, and that Thorpey is one of them (like Beckham).


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Aug 11, 01:36:00 am GMT-4  

  • All I can say is I'd have loved to be the one wielding the black paintbrush at that photo shoot.

    By Blogger Palladian, at Mon Aug 11, 01:58:00 am GMT-4  

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