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ABC exposes AFL homophobia, but Cornes’ critique crumbles

ABC exposes AFL homophobia, but Cornes’ critique crumbles

A critique published by a former AFL coach over a Four Corners episode revealing homophobia within the AFL has completely missed the point, writes Melissa Marsden.

LATE ON FRIDAY evening, former Australian Football League player, coach and now media commentator, Graham Cornes, published an article in Adelaide-based The Advertiser, criticising an exposé by ABC current affairs program Four Corners.

The episode, hosted by veteran reporter Louise Milligan, aired on Monday 21 August and challenged the AFL’s persistent inability to foster a safe and welcoming place where LGBTQI+ players (in the male league) can “come out”.

Cornes immediately criticises the program for ‘attacking the AFL’ for fostering a ‘hyper-masculine culture’ that, for lack of a better term, encourages players to ‘remain in the closet’.

However, looking closely at the episode, it is difficult to…

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