Here’s Why Twitter Didn’t Think It Was Funny This NFL Player Dressed Like Supergirl After Losing A Bet

"I will remind myself that dressing like a girl ... does not make me a loser."

In what was likely intended to be a lighthearted joke, one NFL player stirred up an important discussion. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton donned a Supergirl costume prior to Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams in London after losing a bet. While many think this is funny, others ask why a male athlete dressed as a female character equates being a loser.


Supergirl — who has a very similar set of powers as fellow DC Comics hero Superman — would certainly not have failed whatever skills challenge Stanton lost. Therefore it stands to ask the question of why wearing the Kryptonian heroine's costume was an apt punishment. This fictional character defeats evil on a regular basis, saving the world in the process, so that sounds more like a winner to us. And yet, here is Stanton as Supergirl:

Folks on Twitter — mostly women — have responded by calling this evidence of toxic masculinity, degrading a beloved female icon, and just said they don't get it. 

Yahoo! Sports points out that this sort of act is deemed hazing and is actually banned in the MLB. A policy forbids "requiring, coercing, or encouraging" players from "dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other characteristic." The NFL doesn't have a similar policy.

This seems like a good rule to have in place. After all, there are plenty of strong women both in the real world as well as in the pop culture realm and dressing up like them should never be considered an act to show weakness or that of a loser. Little girls look up to these icons as role models, especially fictional ones like Wonder Woman and the all-female Ghostbusters.

We're not saying Stanton did anything out of malice, but the end result of this joke just isn't that humorous and can come across as harmful. A man dressing as a woman in an attempt to poke fun at a manly man dressed as a feminine woman to emasculate and ridicule further pushes forward the notion that men are powerful and strong and women are anything but and cannot compete on the same level. This kind of joking is the wrong message we should be sending. 

Next time, try a Superman costume — that would actually be funny.

(H/T: The Wrap)

Cover image via @NFL / Twitter


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