Men haven't handled seeing a naked man on a magazine cover very well

·Contributor
ESPN cover
Comments express disgust and homophobia [Photo: ESPN/Twitter]

Women have become all-too used to seeing naked women everywhere we look.

It’s impossible to escape; billboards, packaging and of course, on newspapers and magazines.

But when the tables turned for a change and ESPN magazine featured a scantily-clad man on its cover, a bunch of men just couldn’t get their heads around it.

For its ninth body issue, it had alternative covers featuring nude portraits of Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics and Zeke Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys.

And Elliott’s cover caused quite a stir among certain male Twitter users, namely expressions of disgust and homophobic comments.

“You can now add ‘homosexual’ to his resume…” wrote one, while another said “Didn’t need to see this before breakfast”.

“ESPN is straight garbage now,” one disgruntled customer declared.

But others rushed to the cover’s defence.

“Apparently none of them have seen a picture of a man’s chest and thigh before. They all need to get out more,” wrote one.

Another said: “Dude looks good and you know it!”

And others pointed out that if it was a woman on the cover, there wouldn’t be a problem whatsoever.

One user replied to the ‘breakfast’ comment with: “But if it was a woman, it would be ok, right?

“ESPN, feel free to have as many naked men on your cover as possible!”

While another commented on a similar post: “…but you didn’t say that about the swimsuit issue, did you?”

And it’s true that for the cover that features super-naked Caroline Wozniacki, it hasn’t got nearly as much criticism – and plenty of praise.

Some food for thought.

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