Earlier today it was reported that former Premier League player Thomas Hitzlsperger has “come out” as gay, which has mainly been met with a lot of positive responses both from professionals and fans. However, like any society there is always going to be someone who isn’t happy, and Twitter normally brings them out in droves.
Former Basketball player, John Amaechi, did what any respectable person would do and congratulated Thomas for having the bravery to be open about his sexuality. In return, he was trolled by a Cody Lachey who argued, among other things, that gay men should be castrated and banned from playing sports. But don’t worry people he doesn’t have an issue with the gays, just that they should not play sports.
While I only got a screenshot of some of his comments, before his account (@cody_lachey) was suspended, the closest we got to his reasons why gay sports-people should be banned from sport is because of the politics and anti-gay laws in other countries. How, erm, sympathetic!!!
Cody’s a bouncer
What is interesting and worrying at the same time, is that Cody is a bouncer within Manchester. Not just any normal venue, but one on Canal Street – the spine of the gay village. This is a guy who has clear and strong anti-gay opinions, and at the same time is meant to be protecting that community. This leads the question that surely there is a conflict of interest for this guy to be working within this area?
There has been a well-document increase of attacks around the Gay Village, which led the council to propose (and scrap) an ‘Early Morning Restriction Order’ (EMRO) for the venues within the area. With many people deciding to stay away because they now feel the area is unsafe, having a bouncer within area that has anti-gay views won’t make them or others feel safer, that’s for sure.
Let’s hope that the businesses within the Gay Village will also wise up and re-evaluate his place within the area.
But it gets better
A bit of research (it wasn’t that difficult) painted a bigger picture of Cory as an individual. A friend mentioned on Facebook that she thought she had seen him on a gay website. Then she found his porn star Twitter account (@CodyCoxxxx) which showed Cody donned in a Rugby kit until he changed it to the LFC logo. Additionally his profile details on a gay porn website, Triga, confirm that he declares himself as bisexual!
Let’s stop there for one moment, we have a guy who has publicly stated that gay men should be castrated, but he is bisexual himself! Go figure!
But it gets better; it’s clear that he is a sports fan and likes to describe himself as ‘rugby player build’. My instant thought when I saw him in a rugby kit was that he played, but in reflection it was probably more a photo-shoot, but why be so against gays within the sporting area, while he likes to dress/play in kit himself. It has a massive air of hypocrisy about it!
When this story was unfolding on the Twitter, I responded by saying I felt sorry for the guy, and after finding out more about him…I still do!
Here is a guy, who is clearly got issues with his sexuality. There has been scientific research which has shown that a proportion of “homophobia” is due to insecurities with their sexuality, but this guy appears to be accepting of his bisexuality. I can only presume that he isn’t so open and is struggling to lead a double life. This could also explain the turmoil he is going through.
I also feel that Cody is an attention seeker, and that his opinions may be fabricated to improve his profile/cause drama. He’s been on Television numerous times, mainly about his time in the army; discussing things such as fighting for his country in Afghanistan or even Lee Rigby’s death. Although, the Daily Star reported that he went AWOL after a year and didn’t even go to Afghan. The paper also reported about Cody’s porn history and how he has links to the English Defence League.
Additionally, Cody has also boasted about being a troll before…and getting away with it! He appeared in court about potential death Tweets towards Sunderland player James McClean in relation to refusing to wear a poppy during a match.
It’s clear that he isn’t there 100%, and that’s why I feel sorry for him. Because he needs help with whatever demons are eating him up inside.
It could be argued, that by doing this blog, I am just giving Cody some more air-time, but I have done it in the vain hope that it’ll make researchers jobs that little easier, and think twice before asking him to appear on TV to discuss something that he really doesn’t have the qualifications to do.