We’re a nation of stitched-up prudes
Now that the furrowed brow has finally vanished off of my face, I’ve calmed down after being wound up by the revelation that an Under-20’s league team were indeed being trained by a former “porn-fetish” star.
The irritation wasn’t so much the fact that these young men were being trained by someone who possesses a set of photos under her bed that could rival the images on RedTube, but instead I was more cheesed off that there were calls from some of the local Queensland community to ban her from any further club involvement.
I’m all too happy to admit I thrive on a tabloid sporting sex scandal like most, and it appeared somewhat welcoming reading over my morning latte, that is up until I’d gotten past the enthralling headline to the facts. Mrs Kortney Olson, wife of Gold Coast Titans CEO David May, once upon a time flirted with cinematic photography in the explicit variety.
The weak argument from some was that Olson was not the ideal representation of women in league, but I’m more led to believe that a few simply hated the fact a woman was training young men, (insert Campese related joke here).
Fortunately for the club and Olson, she is only a volunteer and doesn’t breach any of the NRL’s code of conduct, and will continue on advise the youths on how they may someday grow bigger biceps than her.
This whole debacle has sparked my thoughts on our tolerance to those rare few who choose to live outside of the often regarded “vanilla” lifestyle.
I’m reminded of a few years back when All Black Byron Kelleher, a scrum-half with 57 caps to his name, announced to his religious sporting nation that he was in fact in love and living with American X-rated Porn Star Kaylani Lei, who boasted her own accolades, one in particular for winning the 2010 American adult video award for “Best Group Sex Scene”.
The overall public reaction to this relationship was pretty much a big high five, with former South African Springbok James Small citing he wanted to personally shake Kelleher’s hand, saying, “If he can satisfy a woman who has performed in 88 porn movies, he must be a legend.”
Other insights from rugby greats also included then All Black coach Sir Graham Henry saying he wasn’t fussed with a porn star being linked to his team.
“He has been open and honest with the media about his personal life and is firmly focused on rugby.”
But alas, all good athlete and porn star relationships must come to and end and it wasn’t long until Ms Lei realised living in the country town of Hamilton was a far cry from the Vegas lifestyle she was once accustomed too.
Now I’m not calling for us all to run out to our next local swingers party or fiddle with ourselves in front of a webcam but Australia could certainly learn a few tolerance tips from those across the ditch.
Recently charged with offensive behaviour, Andrew Pointon, a 47-year old New Zealander who took up the hobby of only running in a pair of shoes, was found innocent over the weekend and celebrated like any respected nudist would, partaking in some nude boogie boarding at his local beach.
In what I’m sure was a case that brought many a wry smile to the courtroom, Pointon’s lawyer Michael Bott said his client not being reprimanded was simply a matter of common sense.
“It’s a perfectly sensible decision,” Bott said. “What it points to is the growing tolerance in New Zealand of diverse lifestyles and freedom of expression,” he said.
I say it’s time for Australia’s tolerance for difference to finally run (nude) free.
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