The NRL's Social Media Team Is Expertly Responding To Homophobic Comments
Girlfriends Karina Brown and Vanessa Foliaki shared a kiss after playing against each other in the inaugural NRL women's State of Origin.
Whoever is running the National Rugby League Facebook page has spent the last twelve hours or so expertly dealing with the absolute worst of NRL fans.
In the inaugural women's State of Origin on Friday night, New South Wales beat Queensland 16-10, despite a number of injuries to star players.
After the match, girlfriends and players Karina Brown and Vanessa Foliaki -- who have been dating since 2014 -- shared a sweet kiss.
Brown is the Queensland State of Origin captain, while Foliaki is the NSW lock, so it was a beautiful moment of sportsmanship as well as a simple kiss from one person to their partner.
The official NRL Facebook page posted the photo with two hearts -- one blue, one red -- but some angry and out-of-touch fans were quick to express their anger.
"There would be public outrage if two blokes kissed exactly like that after an Origin," wrote one man, Matt, who may have missed the bit of 2017 where Australia legalised same-sex marriage.
"Keep that crap to the dressing shed or at home. We don't care if you are partners, girlfriends, lovers etc, good luck to you, do whatever you want, no discrimination or judgement here just keep it off the field and let your football do the talking.
"Bad move NRL, there may be young girls coming through put off by this."
The NRL's social media manager was quick to put Matt in his place.
"Hey Matt, welcome to 2018... can't wait for you to join us!"
Another cranky bloke, Kaleb, accused the NRL of "sexualising the women's league", showing himself to be a true* ally to women everywhere.
"If we can post a [photo] of Cooper Cronk and his wife Tara kissing, then we can share a photo of Karina Brown and Ness Foliaki sharing a moment too," replied the social media manager.
Of course, it's not just the social media person fighting the homophobic comments here, and we'd like to pay tribute to everyday hero Genevieve as well, who told a garden variety 'think of the children!!' commenter:
"My 4-year-old daughter was sitting next to me when I scrolled upon this post and she said, 'Aww, they love each other!' I think the children will be fine."
NRL social media team: keep doing you.
*We are quite obviously joking.