Sweden is totally down with gay athletes

A Swedish cellphone commercial tackles a topic that's been quietly brewing in the United States -- out gay athletes VIDEO

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Sweden is totally down with gay athletes (Credit: YouTube)

Sweden. Wonderful Sweden.

The country always places in the top 10 of the world happiness index, has an expansive social welfare system, mandatory recycling and fika! And now, they have a cellphone commercial that casually addresses gay rights in professional sports.

Besides being overrun with lawmakers intent on eliminating our country’s social safety net and an athletic culture with a dubious record on welcoming gay players, here in the United States our mobile ads just feature talking unibrows.

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Sweden has shown us up again, it seems.

The ad, with translation, below.

Guy 1: Miss you, Theo Ekenborg.
Guy 2: Who’s that?
Guy 1: It’s — it’s my boyfriend. We’re celebrating our one year anniversary.
Guy 2: Congrats! One year, that’s not easy.
Guy 3: I know who it is. He’s damn good looking.

(via Towle Road)

 

 

 

 

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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