Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) competitor Sean Strickland recently said that he would think he had “failed as a man” if he ever had a gay son.
Strickland made his comment via Twitter on December 27 when someone asked him whether he would want to have a “gay son” or a “thot daughter.” THOT is an acronym for “that ‘ho over there”, meaning a sexually promiscuous person.
“If I had a gay son I would think I failed as a man to create such weakness,” Strickland replied on Twitter. “If I had a whore for a daughter I’d think she just wanted to be like her dad lol!!”
He almost immediately began receiving flack for his thoughtless comment.
@Big_Stereotype asked, “Sean have you ever considered aging past 14”?
Sean have you ever considered aging past 14
— El Tigre Chino (@Big_Stereotype) December 27, 2021
In the same vein, @KrisSiegel replied, “Didn’t know they let 14 year olds play MMA” (mixed martial arts).
Didn't know they let 14 year olds play MMA
— Kris Siegel (@KrisSiegel) December 28, 2021
@WBarVal wrote, “Sean Strickland making an apology so he doesn’t lose sponsors in 5, 4, 3,…”
Sean Strickland making an apology so he doesn’t lose sponsors in 5, 4, 3,…
— Wilton BarVal (@WBarVal) December 30, 2021
@Byzr_nz wrote, “Stop flexing how out of touch with society you are. Also the 1600s called and wants their mindset back.”
Stop flexing how out of touch with society you are. Also the 1600s called and wants their mindset back
— Byzr_NFT (@Byzr_nz) December 28, 2021
@WWaverunner wrote, “I thought this guy’s brain was working again last week. Clearly he’s been hard sparring with [UFC fighter Francis] Ngannou several times since then.”
I thought this guy's brain was working again last week. Clearly he's been hard sparring with ngannou several times since then
— Waverunner (@WWaverunner) December 27, 2021
@BarTGila replied, “You could hope to have the strength of any of the gay men I know.”
You could hope to have the strength of any of the gay men I know.
— BarTGila ♏⚽🌈🐴 (@BarTGila) December 28, 2021
@AriCohn wrote, “Hate to break it to you, but you’ve already failed as a man.”
Hate to break it to you, but you've already failed as a man. https://t.co/gW0GZ9TOeD
— Ari Cohn (@AriCohn) December 28, 2021
@Tacticalwookiee wrote, “Projecting, you are so deep in the closet you are finding Christmas presents 🎁”
Projecting, you are so deep in the closet you are finding Christmas presents 🎁
— Tacticalwookiee (@Tacticalwookiee) December 27, 2021
@craigAFC_ mentioned an ambiguous comment Strickland once made on Instagram Stories about fellow male MMA fighter Belal Muhammad.
At the time Strickland said, “I want to make you an offer. You’re going to be in Vegas next week.
Me and you. We can meet up in the desert dude. And we can go do some weird sh*t together.”
“Because it’s like, this is something I’ve always fantasized about, you know? And you are like a gazelle that wants to be a lion and you’re accepting what I want to do to you. And like, Dude, I want to do some weird sh*t to you, man,” he continued.
“Like, oh, man. It’s just so exciting that you’re so okay with me doing it. Like there’s some things I fantasized about for a long time. And I feel like you’re going to let me do it to you,” he concluded.
Just a reminder about what Sean said about Belal pic.twitter.com/TsLqgD6j4j
— ESR (@craigAFC_) December 28, 2021
In response to the criticism, Strickland wrote, “I have been getting some hate for that gay son joke. You beta males need to calm the f**k down, this isn’t your college you’re not going to get laid here by a ‘zir’ or ‘it’ by being a little bitch. It’s OK this is a safe place. Untuck your balls you’re allowed to be a ‘he’ here.”
Pretty sad that Strickland immediately went to misogyny and transphobia after being called out for homophobia.