The OutField: Putting ‘Puto’ to shame by Dan Woog
The recently concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil had everything: Goals galore. Scintillating performances (including several by the surprisingly non-inept United States team). Gay prostitutes.
“Gay prostitutes” refers to a very loud, very clear chant favored by many (though certainly not all) Mexican fans. “Puto” is as much a four-letter word as any English slur: just as powerful, just as controversial, just as fraught.
According to Slate writer Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo, the yell – directed at the Cup against opposing goalkeepers, but one with a long history in Mexican fútbol – is “a very specific, homophobic double entendre...Read More